Diane Szmiett (CAN) - Brutal. Needs to go home and "figure it out."
Min-Jeong Kwak (KOR) - Big piece of music for the mini Yu-Na...too big. No connection to the music.
Kristine Musademba (USA) - Program was filled with jump errors and lacked spark. Could be great a future date but needs greater content.
Amanda Dobbs (USA) - Again no spark. Jump errors. And needs harder content.
Joshi Helgesson (SWE) - First skater to land multiple triples. Lost steam at the end but easily the best to this point but behind Dobbs due to a jump not counting.
Alena Leonova (RUS) - Hot mess. But the best hot mess of the day and into the lead. Witches of Eastwick...really?
Bingwa Geng (CHN) - Not much here but landed the most jumps. Transition non-existent.
Miki Ando (JPN) - Vintage Ando. She put on a jumping clinic and never looked back. Huge tech score, hard to beat.
Akiko Suzuki (JPN) - Lovely program. Some jump issues here and there but fought through to the end. Two triple lutzes this year! Behind Ando.
Mirai Nagasu (USA) - Geisha program fell flat. Lots of jump errors and under-rotations. Exact same thing as last year at this event. 1st to off the podium.
Peitong Chen (CHN) - Rough. Lacked content and pizaaz.
Jialiang Wu (CHN) - Terrible. Falls on jumps, footwork, spins. Problems the whole way through...
Peter Liebers (GER) - Awkward Sherlock Holmes program. No flow...not pop.
Samuel Contesti (ITA) - Version 2.0 of Andes Panpipes. Very slow but hit most the jumps. Liked Version 1.0 better.
Jinlin Guan (CHN) - Overused version of Turandot. Failed quad and uninspiring program.
Tatsuki Machida (JPN) - Crash and Burn on Quad. Rushed! Needs to make his movements mean something rather than rushing through them.
Ross Miner (USA) - Improved from NHK. Needs to find some more connection with this music. Judges pounce on him a bit though.
Sergei Voronov (RUS) - Bailed on quad and then stops program. Knee injury...withdraws.
Brandon Mroz (USA) - Nailed it! Great piece of music and solid jumps including the quad. Into the lead big time!
Tomas Verner (CZE) - Cheap Michael Jackson Medley. Like Amodio...too much dancing not enough skating. Behind Mroz.
Brian Joubert (FRA) - Biq quad to open. This is my favorite Joubert program ever. Poor spins which cost him in tech score and into 3rd overall. Ouch!
Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) - Hangs on to most of his jumps and has beautiful spins. Program is bland but it gets the job done. Easy win.
Hole and Johnson (CAN) - Green!
Dong and Wu (CHN) - Disaster. Jumps, throws, lifts were a mess.
Della Monica and Kocon (ITA) - Not bad. Music kind of went nowhere but they managed most of their elements.
Evora and Ladwig (USA) - Pretty. Great lifts. Needs more excitement. Decent score though.
Iliushechkina and Maisuradze (RUS) - Nice elements. They have all the hallmarks of a great Russian Team but I don't feel they sell it. More umpf please.
Yankowskas and Coughlin (USA) - Lovely. Fall on Salchow but still a gorgeous performance. Into medal position.
Sui and Han (CHN) - Messy SBS but gutzy attempts at throw quad salchow and quad twist. Big tech score and comfortable lead. They have a performance factor that only comes naturally.
Pang and Tong (CHN) - Botched SBS jumps but smooth flowing from that point. Experience kicked in and they rode that wave of "know how" right to the win.