Another competition that took place last weekend was the French Masters, featuring many of the county's elite skaters. Among them, Brian Joubert and Florent Amodio skated their new short and long programs.
Here are both skaters' free skate performances:
So, what do we think? I predicted Amodio would be skating an all-instrumental version of his exhibition at the Junior Grand Prix Courchevel competition as his 2010/2011 free skate, and I'm sad to see that I was correct. I like the concept, but I think there are too many changes of music/too many ideas and every single change involves Florent skating around in place or doing dance moves that, while fun, don't really score him any points as far as competitions go. Then again, sometimes the skaters that can bring down the house seem to score extremely well with the judges, regardless of strength of choreography and overall difficulty. While I loved this program from Italian Samuel Contesti, I still recognized the extreme amount of two-foot skating and lack of difficulty of some of the other skaters. It still managed the second-best interpretation mark of the night at the 2009 Worlds, and his components scores had him right in line with the likes of Patrick Chan and Brian Joubert.
As far as Joubert goes, this is SUCH a different look for him. I don't know what my verdict is just yet and I guess I'll wait until the Grand Prix starts to make a decision. I don't necessarily think that his music choices were the problem as much as the finer details and difficulty within his programs versus the other top men, but I give him credit for at least having an open mind to go for something new.