Gee, they thought Meryl lost timing a couple of times.
You don't say.
Imagine being an Olympic-gold medal possessing ice dancer on DWTs, getting a dance that goes right to your specialty, which is being tossed, flipped and flung like a sack of laundry while warp-speed flinging out your legs below the knee and your arms from the shoulders out, and the judges can only cough up one extra point from your debut. Meryl is really bad. How can a solid, built-like-a-fireplug, slam-into position, under five feet tall, teen gymnast be a better dancer than a gold-medal draped ice dancer? Shawn Johnson was Yulia Zagoruychenko compared to Meryl. Meryl is terrible!
No rhythm at all, no musicality. Her shoulders, head, back and hips are rigid. She's had two super fast, athletic dances to help her get her feet wet before the slower, dramatic, more controlled, more graceful stuff starts, and she can't pull them off.
She's doing nothing differently in terms of dancing than she did on ice, where judges apparently thought she was so "tight" with that music they wish they had +10's - referencing that section of the guidelines that deals with "tightness" that I can't seem to find anywhere.
This performance has nothing to do with the difficulty of transferring from ice to the floor. She wasn't on the damn floor half the time. This is - she can't dance.
I think the judges are being kind, and were kind last week. They're giving her points for the energy and the fitness. For now they're focusing on her total lack of musicality and her imprecision. Dear God wait til they get to her alignment and her rigidity. Baby steps. Don't want to pile on.
I don't know if I've ever seen an ice dancer with such a stiff, brittle back, who is all knees down, and then arms, no torso, no hips, can't phrase, and has no sense of time. I don't think even Maria Butyrskaya was this tight.
Butyrskaya had better edges too.
Meryl "dances" like one of the exercise obsessives in some high intensity, high impact jazzercise or aerobics class - you could break your face on her muscles, and your jaw drops at the zero body fat, but she has no rhythm whatsoever and walks funny. Little spastic scurrying feet, oblivious to any timing but frantic, is not dancing.
And why not watch Kristy Yamguchi on her first DWTs episode (not a dancer, a singles skater. And a pairs girl), years removed from her competitive prime, and in her thirties:
Okay, waiting for Charlie. And gifs tomorrow.
Let's check in with the eye contact situation:
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Seriously, at this point my imagination is putting skates on Sharna, pressing rewind and imagining a rivalry with Virtue Moir that is a whole lot less full of shit. Sharna would make sure that boy actually did it. She'd break it down. "These are skates, Charlie. You SKATE with them."
OTOH, traditionally, when a partner plants her celeb in a chair for the first phrases of the "dance", things do not seem promising.
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have to adhere to them. And if you don't .. the judges go down on you."
I have to say, Charlie and Sharna have chemistry, they connect on the floor, he's throwing himself into it and I think she really knows how to tell a story with the music, versus letting the music ACCOMPANY the story, which a lot of pros do. She's really having the music drive the story - it's nothing literal.
So points to him for being consistent with toe leads, holding frame, doing some stuff in sequence, moving in and out of hold, but there was something funky about the way he was moving and I think it's this: I don't think she was holding him up, but he MOVED sort of like she was holding him up (literally). I don't think there was true weight transfer as he moved, from leg to leg. It was like he held his center of gravity tight and moved his legs apart from his center of gravity, with no weight transfer. Even though I was going okay, toe lead, check, shoulders down, check, something felt kind of fake/phony, or that something wasn't happening that only pretended to be happening in Charlie's mechanics, and I think it was that.