Below are www.icedance.com's remarks about the in-house commentary at Skate Canada. I feel as if icedance.com would have preferred to shrug it off, but the in-house commentary by Debbi Wilkes and Liz Manley was such an egregiously unprofessional, inconsiderate, super-embarrasing exercise in vanity, it interfered with the ability of those in attendance to enjoy the competition, and so www.icedance.com had to address it.
As Skate Canada has not revealed if this is going to be an element at Canadians and Words, www.icedance.com had no choice but to weigh in on what the experience was like for everyone - public, skaters, judges, etc. - attending Skate Canada. Forewarned is forearmed.
Okay. I have to say something about the in-house commentators. For anyone that’s not aware, Skate Canada had Debbi Wilkes and Liz Manley on hand with microphones. From a booth down by the kiss & cry, they got on their mics after every skater and commented on their program. The dialogue was sometimes error-ridden, usually cringeworthy, and basically unnecessary. I am not usually a harsh person, but this was one of the worst ideas that Skate Canada has ever had. Beyond being annoying for attendees who didn’t want to listen to it, it was unprofessional, as the remarks were being broadcast through the arena while the judges and technical panel were still working. Plus, it was awkward at best when someone skated poorly, and they tried to say things like, “So’n’so is such a fighter, even though that didn’t go as planned.” I’m one of those people who hides her face during an embarrassing scene in a movie, because I can’t stand the awkwardness, and for most of this commentary in Windsor, I had my shoulders up around my ears, like I was a turtle that could retract into my shell. Awful. I didn’t hear any positive feedback about the experiment, so I hope hope hope that they never put an arena through that again.Here's what I think. At the moment, the story is there was a "glitch" with Skatebug, and Debbi/Liz was the fill-in.
Sure. A glitch with skatebug.
Competition is stressful enough for the figure skaters, their families, friends, supporters and coaches.
It's potentially stressful for the public which has made the decision to spend a substantial amount of disposable income on a figure skating competition, and are hoping for a good experience.
They don't need to be subject to Debbi Wilkes' vanity on blast. The absolute second Lynn Rutherford's twitter announced that Skate Canada had decided to "enhance" the event with Debbi Wilkes' unavoidable and relentless in-house commentary, everyone knew the Orwellian fix was in.
What Debbi Dimwit seems incapable of grasping is people aren't as dumb as she thinks they are. She can say "enhance" til she's blue in the face, the people in the seats are going to experience it for what it is: the obnoxious and vanity-bloated exercise of a woman who doesn't want to live outside the spotlight.
Skate Canada owes those who attended Skate Canada a discount.
Debbi, shut the fuck up.
P.S. When I went to wikipedia to be reminded how Revell/Wilkes's bronze medal was bumped up to silver, I found this:
Wilkes and Revell had to withdraw from the 1963 World Figure Skating Championships when Wilkes fell from a lift while posing for press photographs prior to the event. She hit the ice head-first and fractured her skull.It's coming on fifty years since this happened - can I laugh?
I kept going back to re-read and make sure it wasn't a metaphor.
Debbi, you ought to have taken the hint back then. You were literally clubbed in the head.