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Wow, they must be allowing vocals in the short program now! I was wondering why I saw something about Jeremy Abbott's "new short program", and then saw that it was a pop song. I thought they were mistaken, but it seems that maybe they weren't after all! It'll be interesting to see other skaters' short programs this year!
At first I was suspicious, because, aside from the fact that the ISU has never allowed vocals other than for ice dancing, there have been videos of ladies in competition with Hayley's music playing over it. However, since I had seen those particular ladies' competition programs before, I knew for sure that the uploaders had just put a song over their real competition music. Also, it was obvious that the skaters' movements were not quite timed to the music.
But, I can tell that is not the case here. Just for proof, I searched for someone else's upload of Juulia's same program. I found one, and before she even started skating, the announcer said, in English, that this was Gabriel's Oboe. Also, in this one, I could actually hear Hayley's voice echoing in the stadium, which was certainly not the case for those other videos I was referring to. Of course nowhere did it say who the artist was, but anyone who is interested enough could probably find out.
Here's the one where the announcer says her music (in English):
Juulia got 6th place overall at Nebelhorn Trophy. Apparently she has been the Finnish national champion for the past couple seasons, so that means she is famous and admired in Finland, at least in the sporting world. Kiira Korpi and Laura Lepisto have also done well internationally in the past. Unfortunately, Juulia's not entered in any of the Grand Prix of FS events this season, so we'll have to watch for her in the European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, and probably Worlds in Shanghai, China, early next year. Oh, and she will also be at the Finlandia Trophy in Finland (obviously) in October. Juulia is not likely to be shown on TV stations outside of Europe unless she places very, very well. You never know, but at Europeans, she would have the Russians to deal with at the very least. But maybe she'll place well in Finlandia... behind 2 Russians, though, probably. Also, US stations don't tend to even show short programs anymore unless they're the ones in first place. However, those subscribing to Ice Network, Universal Sports, etc. get to see every competitor if they want to. The Canadian station I get from Vancouver shows a lot more, but again, she'd have to place very well to be shown.
I found Juulia's performance at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland. The sound is much better, though the camera is a bit shaky. Another thing that proves it's her real program, aside from the fact that she's done it at 2 events now, is that when people clap, the music is drowned out, which wouldn't happen if the uploader had put the music over it. But anyway, I don't think there's any doubt about that anymore. Oh, make sure to pay especial attention when Hayley says "... and love will FALL". I don't think it's the first time, so keep watching!
I just found the ladies' results, and Juulia placed 7th overall, behind 2 other Finnish ladies. Too bad. But listen to the young girls yelling for her right at the start of the video! She's obviously well-loved by the Finnish skating fans. She has been their National champion the past 2 years, after all.
Juulia's little stumble probably cost her a couple of places, but it didn't spoil the rest of her performance. The previous video was very popular on our Facebook page, so I'll post this one there too.
Oh, I certainly don't mind, Martin! In fact, I did so myself! I did last time, too, so she hasn't appeared to have noticed yet. Oh well.
This will only have an influence on European audiences for the most part, and possibly Asia, if she makes it to the Worlds. I'm guessing they would only send 2 ladies at the most to the Worlds, and so she would have to win her Nationals again, or get 2nd place. Americans would only be able to see her through Ice Network, which is fairly popular since American TV coverage of skating is so exasperatingly poor (I'm lucky I get the Canadian station from Seattle). Ice Network shows every skater, and if you want your money's worth, you might as well watch everybody! LOL If you have time, of course. The problem has always been that they don't show the Worlds, so I've never seen the point of subscribing!
I just realised that Misha Ge from Uzbekistan is skating to Hayley's Ave Maria!
Thanks for the find, Jillian! I'm very impressed with Misha's passionate interpretation of Hayley's song! I don't think I've ever seen a skater perform to Hayley's music with such passion and abandon as Misha did here! He also did an excellent job. His skating is on a higher skill level than the girl from Finland, at least as far as the program components (basically presentation/interpretation skills). Here he is competing in Russia during this season's Grand Prix series. He got 4th place. It appears he also competed in Cup of China, where he was 5th. He was not at the Grand Prix final though. I also see he's competed in Four Continents a couple weeks ago, in Korea, where he placed 8th, and I'm sure he'll be in Shanghai, China for Worlds. However, there he will be competing with a much deeper field of men. But of anybody had a bad day, and he did well, he could easily be a contender.
I have heard of Misha, just this season, I think, but the TV coverage I get here almost never shows short programs... you're lucky if you see the winners' short programs these days.
Jillian, a girl from Australia, Kailani Craine, placed 12th at the 4 Continents, while Brooklee Han was 17th. It looks like Brooklee is originally from the US though.
I also believe that Misha choreographed that routine himself! I've heard a bit about Misha Ge before -- but mostly about his choreography. He strikes me as being one of those skaters that actually might make a bigger name for himself later on as a choreographer and a coach than an actual competitive skater.
I saw him front row and centre at the Four Continents running around with a selfie stick LOL.
Haha. I almost didn't spot Kaitlyn, but she's wearing a white hat.
I posted the video on Hayleysforum last night, and one of the people who favorited my tweet was Misha Ge himself! @mishageofficial He probably especially appreciated it because in my description, I said "...skating beautifully to Ave Maria by @hayleywestenra... "
Aside from his passionate choreography in the program above, Misha Ge is apparently a great entertainer at the gala events! I watched a couple of his performances, and I must say he is an exceptional dancer to that music, considering he's doing it on slippery ice!
Here are 2 of his Four Continent gala programs. The one from this year is very hard to hear because the Korean audience is very excitable, much like the Japanese. I tried the one from Russia, but he apparently used a different song at the beginning, and it has the F-bomb in it! I think that's why the first song is different at 4CC! The ISU must have taken exception to that, and I don't blame them. But otherwise he's very fun and entertaining. The 2nd one is Gangnam Style! Very fun! He still got to perform even though he didn't place that high, which shows that someone recognizes and appreciates his entertainment value at gala events. I'm guessing he does the skating tours in Europe.