I make no secret of the fact that I am a HUGE fan of Figure Skating. It’s a fact that, if a piece of music gets ‘under my skin,’ my brain will start skating to it. Good thing, because I look like a fool if I actually try to physically skate to it. Probably if I had taken lessons as a little girl, I’d be able to hit the triple salchows, lutzs and flips, but now, I’m happy with a wobbly spin. ANYWAY. Because I can’t DO it, I watch it.
I also love to watch Dance. Irish dance, particularly, like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance – what some call “clogging” and others call “tap”. THIS, I used to do. Ballet, pointe, and tap, for a while. I quit doing it, but the love remains.
So here’s my problem. I love to watch this stuff on TV. During the ‘90s, there was a HUGE market, thanks to Scott Hamilton and Kurt Browning, and the crowd they hung with, for Skating Shows. Champions on Ice and the like. During skating season, January and February, there were lots of skating specials on. When they started, they were awesome – the focus was completely on the skaters, and you got to see lots of different styles, stuff you didn’t see during competitions, like back flips and Bounce Spins (that’s where the guy holds the woman’s feet and spins, swinging her up and down and NOT bashing her head on the ice).
But then they started inviting bands to accompany the skaters. They’d erect a stage at one end of the rink, and the band would do their thing – stand and play/sing – and the skater would do her thing. Axels, sit spins, flying camels. And the TV camera? WOULD FOCUS ON THE BAND!!! I had to stop watching the shows because I saw more washed up bands with bad plastic surgery than I did of the skaters.
So Joy puts a link up on my FB last night of a dance group called All That, who performed on America’s Got Talent. I watched, eager to see what they could do. And they were awesome. And then the camera… started showing Sharon Osborne!!! And Howard Stern. I know what these people look like! I don’t need to see them, they’re sitting on their butts in chairs! But I missed several measures of flying feet. To look at Osborne’s dyed hair and Stern’s nose.
Honestly, why do they do this? I know the band deserves “face time”, but the skater is MOVING. Doing stuff. Have the band play a single without the skater and give them that whole time. The judges of AGT are going to get five minutes to blather on. Do they need to take time away from the act, as well?
So is this a common pet peeve, or am I off my rocker, as usual?