To start off, I'm not a huge figure skating fan, but this might actually get me to watch more than 10 seconds of a figure skating routine. Since the 2014-2015 season, they've allowed music with lyrics into skater's routines. So instead of the typical Chopin-esque yawn worthy stuff, we'll hear mashups of Christina Aguilera and Elvis? Hmm. Anyway, I can see the pros to adding such a thing to figure skating in the Olympics. A USA Today article summed it up pretty well, below are the main points that I pretty much agree with. Let's see if any of you do as well.
1. The music is much more recognizable for fans - Maybe more recognizable songs in routines will draw a broader audience.
2. It opens up the music catalog - No telling how many times Swan Lake as been done... just saying.
3. Old classics are made more vibrant - Instead of being limited to the symphonic rendition of a classical piece, a skater can opt for one that is vocal or operatic. A skater now can time their jumps to something, perhaps, more moving.
4. Fans don't have to work so hard to understand the routine - Skaters are trying to tell a story. Perhaps, we need a pop-up-book version to get the point across.
So, do you agree?
Here are two examples. I actually got through half of each one.
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight