Well, another season of DOI comes to a close. It is hard to believe that another year and now tour has finished. What an incredible experience we had performing to all of the thousands of people around England and to Scotland too. Each city that we went to had such amazing crowds and people performed for. So, much happened I will try to tell you a little bit about it and share my time and favorite memory with you. Lets see where should I begin.
OPENING NUMBER WITH JAYNE AND CHRIS AND THE PROS – I think that my most memorable experience with this number had to be listening to the reaction of the audience in every city when we backed up on the ice to the ramps and Jayne and Chris appeared for the first time. Even though we might have been feeling tired at the start of the show as soon as I heard that thunder of applause for them as they were seen for the first time was incredible. It gave me chills and such a rush of energy. Wow, what a cool feeling. I also think getting the opportunity to share the ice with them and skate together with all of the pros is such an honor. Jayne and Chris are truly legends and it is a privilege to share the ice with them and the other skaters. The smiles you saw were truly genuine.
SEXY & I KNOW IT – What do I say about Chico! He is definitely one of a kind. The two of us had such an amazing time performing to Sexy. We came out show after show and took our starting pose and the crowd would always go wild as soon as he began posing and the music started. It was such fun. It did not matter what kind of mood we were in as soon as the music started a rush of fun would come over us. I have to say I am so proud of Chico. He did very well the entire tour and continued to work hard and push himself show after show to continue to do all of the elements he learned in the show. Especially, the lifts. They are not easy but he did well with it all. Putting them each up show after show. Sexy was such a fun but technical number, and it was so fun to see all of the ladies reactions in the crowd to Chico skating with his top off and shaking his hips. I think what was cool is that even though that was exciting he had the skating skills to match it and night after night we got great marks for the performance in every aspect. He kept right up there with the leaders from this season and also with last years champion Sam Attwater. One other fun moment was the night Christopher Biggins after giving us a perfect 10 for our performance came around from behind the judges desk and surprised us all and had a pair of zebra print pants on and starting shaking his hips. So, funny. I don’t think I will ever be able hear the song Sexy and I know it ever again without thinking of the fun times I had on the ice dancing to that song. It was funny just a quick story to share. One of the series coaches came up to me closer to the end of the run of the tour and said it was so nice to see me look like I was having so much fun on the ice with the number and that it looked as fresh as the day they created it. It was such a cool complement as yes my emotions don’t lie and that number will always be one to remember as good fun and can’t help but put a genuine smile on my face.
ROCK OF AGES – I don’t think that I have ever performed and skated with such a more professional group as I did for Rock of Ages. I had one number to change my clothes before going on the ice for this number and even though I entered the ice a little tired I looked into the eyes of the others and it all went away. Nina, Alex, Lukasz, Brianne, Dan, Matt, and Sean, each of them are such special people and it was a pleasure to share the ice with them. It does not happen very often when you can work together with other pair teams and genuinely feel an up most respect for each other on the ice, no one trying to out perform the other. We just enjoyed the company we shared on the ice and just had a rocking good time. True Friends on the ice! I will remember from this number Brianne trying to hit her opening spot light marker and sneaking into position as the lights came on (although she made it right on for her last show 🙂 ) , I will remember flying high in the air when Lukasz tossed me to Sean, I will remember grabbing Alex in the death spiral every show for our big hug, and I will remember the group spiral and even though we were feeling tired we pushed it out singing the words to the song and I will remember the smiles we shared with each other as we skated on the ice. Truly genuine fun with an incredible group of people and skaters. Each so talented in their own way! A true pleasure!
TEAM CHALLENGE – this was Nina and my favorite part of the night 🙂 I will remember seeing all of the crowd of people doing the YMCA with us as we skated, Nina and I creating our own dance while the other team was skating, us all getting bored while the other team was on and finding something new to do each night, therefore going on to the judges stand opening their books and writing fun notes for them to see, and us girls dancing with Biggins 1/2 way through the other teams number (he loved it and so did we), and Andy doing his one foot spin to compete with the other team when they cheated at the end for voting having the professionals spin. (Andy always got the louder cheer) It was all good fun.
SKATING THE BOLERO – Chico and I had the honor of getting voted to do the Bolero 6 times during the tour. The two most memorable times were the first night of the tour in Newcastle and in the birth place of the Bolero in Nottingham. In both of those cities we not only got chosen to skate the number but the judges chose us as champions that night. So, I will not only remember getting the chance to skate it but will remember when which is pretty special and getting to hold the trophy two times. I am pretty happy we got to do it as I think Chico did a great job of it and it was nice for him to be able skate it a few times on the tour!
THANKFUL – We created “Thankful”, by Josh Groban this year to say thank you to everyone who is in our lives that have helped get us to where we are today and to everyone who has given us love and support in our journey. Its to our parents, sisters, family, friends, fans, Jayne and Chris, and to anyone and everyone who has made a positive impact on our lives. I don’t think I have ever skated to a piece of music quite like this one when you are on the ice and you don’t hear anything except the music and the sounds of our blades. I wondered the first night I hope the people are not bored as you could hear a pin drop while we were on the ice, but then when we finished our routine to hear the crowds reaction was amazing. To stand in centre ice and listen to the people cheer for us and to see them give us a standing ovation for our number was quite the honor. Night after night and city after city it was such a pleasure to unveil Thankful to them and to see and hear the reaction to it was incredible. What a joy to perform and skate it for you all. I think now in reflecting back and after skating it and feeling all of the emotions while performing it I have to say there is one special person I forgot to say thank you to and that is to Sean. After all of these years and this year it is now 22 years in June that we have skated together I am so thankful for every moment and experience we have shared both on and off the ice. Through all the good and bad times he is always there to share each moment with me and I am so thankful to have him in my life. So, to all of you who saw Thankful on tour and who have seen it on line we are so happy we got to share it with you and say thank you. Those memories will stay with me forever. A special piece in dedication to everyone who has touched our lives!
OTHER TOUR HIGHLIGHTS – the long bus rides, going to Scotland for the first time, signing karaoke with Heidi Range, all the pro girls buying a matching one piece (that has 69 jump in on them), listening to the crowd sing the start of “The Flood” when Chico and I skated to it, great catering from “Eat the Beat”, my dress coming undone, quick change after quick change, Bendy Bob, Karen Barber skating in the Team Challenge, Scottish Dancing at the closing party, Chemmy’s bubbly personality, going to the movies with our new friend Biggins, great hair drying from David, my make up and pony tails, seeing incredible history in the cities we visited, lots of Chico stories, Luke’s helicopter flying over the ice, Sean flying a kite on the ice, skate sharpening, meeting the fans after the shows, sharing the ice with incredible people and most of all great laughs with great friends. I am sure I forgot something but as always wow, what an experience.
So, that concludes DOI 2012. Another amazing year with incredible people and friends. I would not change any of it for the world. Both years that we have been apart of the show have been so unique and have given us memories that we will cherish. A big thank you to everyone that was involved with the show this year and to all of the fans that we entertained. I am so “Thankful” to have done what we have done and the journey we had.
Now, stay tuned with where our life takes us over the summer! We have some cool things planned and also we are always on the go so we are never sure what we will do or end up!
All the best! Jodeyne 🙂