But it was when I got to the lifts I knew there needed to be Virtue Moir lifts for comparison. First up, Funny Face, below.
In comparison with Funny Face - Meryl and Charlie - what is going on with their cores - how are their cores engaged? How is their core supported - particularly hers - during lift positions and position changes? WHERE was her core vis a vis Charlie's, and vis a vis the position she's in?
The Meryl/Charlie gifs need to be sorted so I don't upload out of sequence or leave something out. They'll be posted tomorrow.
In the meantime, here are three Funny Face gifs. Two lifts and a bit of their transition into the twizzle sequence which includes the 'marching steps' - which of course are actually skated.
Worth noting liftwise are Scott's hands and arms, Tessa's hands and arms, HOW Tessa changes from her first position to her next position in the first lift that's gifed, and in the second lift, watch that Tessa's oversway is stretched away from Scott's frame and center of gravity (versus Meryl's position which is reverse - she's stretched over and into the duo's center of balance) and note where Scott has his hand on Tessa's leg once she's in position, and what, other than Scott's grip, is supporting Tessa besides her blade on his thigh (hint, nothing). And of course, the exits.
Tomorrow we'll see Charlie's entire arm wrapped around the leg and then his hand all up in Meryl's private business as close to her pelvis (balance point) as he can get, and the leg he's gripping is simultaneously braced against his chest - the entire length of it. And still she doesn't let go of her grip on him until the last second. But all that pales next to her getting up into it in the first place.
P.S. re the discussion in the comments below guessing Meryl and Charlie's Olympic fd music - I agree Les Miz seems obvious. But now that I consider - Man In the Iron Mask.
I don't even want to think about Carmina Burana.
These Funny Face gifs are from the 4CCs:
I just realized that when Tessa "steps up" into the lift and, while in the illusion of a standing position, pivots/rotates 360 1/2 degrees before placing her skate on Scott's thigh, she's not standing on anything but air. She's supported in space by Scott's grip on her leg (not her boot, so she has no pivot point or leverage point for the rotation but her core). She's rotating herself. He's not rotating her. I think stuff like this just sails over the judges' heads.