Kimmie Meissner prepares to skate in Kent for Love on Ice show
SARAH KEHOE, KENT REPORTER
By STEVE HUNTER
Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
JANUARY 23, 2012 · 10:37 AM
With her smooth and gracious moves at Kent’s ShoWare Center, Kimmie Meissner showed how much fun life can be as a professional ice skater.
Meissner performed a practice routine last week at an empty arena to help promote the “Pandora Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice” show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 that features skaters performing to love-inspired music.
The 22-year-old will skate to a live performance at the show as Gladys Knight sings “I Hope You Dance.”
Meissner, the 2006 World Champion, 2007 U.S. National Champion and 2007 Four Continents Champion, sprinted, spun and danced on the ice to a taped version of the song by Knight so a newspaper photographer and television cameraman could get shots of her. She even agreed to skate within inches of the cameraman as he positioned himself on the ice for a shot.
“I prefer skating to live music even though it can be completely different,” said Meissner after her practice. “It’s fun having the artist there because you are both trying to make this one performance really good.”
Even a taped version of “I Hope You Dance” definitely inspired Meissner during practice. She had warmed up for a bit without music because of technical difficulties at the ShoWare, but began to speed up her routine and moves with the music.
“I knew who Gladys Knight was and knew her songs, but she was not really someone I listened to,” Meissner said. “But after hearing this song that I knew because of the Lee Ann Womack version, I heard this and she has so much soul in there I love listening to it.”
Meissner will get a chance to rehearse one day with Knight before the actual performance. She found out during the Pandora holiday ice show in November in Phoenix the thrill of skating to live music when she performed to David Archuleta singing “What Child is This?”
“I have this huge crush on him, so it was hard,” she said about working with Archuleta, the 2008 “American Idol” runner-up. “But he has such a beautiful voice and put so much into his song that I wanted to do that with my program. I think it raises the level of your skating sometimes.”
Meissner’s competitive ice-skating career came to a sudden halt two years ago when a dislocated right knee cap and tendinitis forced her to withdraw from a chance to make the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. She placed sixth in the 2006 Olympics.
She suffered the knee injury in 2009 while performing a triple axel. In 2005, Meissner became the first American woman to complete the triple axel jump in competition since Tonya Harding in 1991.
Since Meissner began skating at age 6, she struggled with giving up competing because of an injury.
“I miss it,” she said. “I’m a really competitive person so I definitely miss competing.”
When Meissner returned to skating last summer with ice shows nearly every weekend, she found out how much she had missed her sport.
“I’m having a really good time doing these shows and want to be able to love what I’m doing and not make it feel like there’s so much pressure on me,” she said. “I want it to be fun and that’s what this is for me.”
As with many ice shows, Meissner, who lives in Bel Air, Md., ends up skating with former rivals.
“Me and Emily Hughes competed against each other and were always neck and neck,” Meissner said. “I just did a show with her in New York City and we are friends. We were so competitive and now we go hang out and have dinner.”
That kind of life works for Meissner.
“I just love being able to go out and perform again,” she said. “Not having it for two years and the way I had to stop (because of injury) this just makes me appreciate it so much more. I love being able to go out there with all my skating friends and traveling.”
She enjoys seeing so many U.S. cities. This marked her first trip to Seattle.
“We went to the Space Needle and it was a perfect, clear day,” Meissner said. “”I love Seattle so far and it’s not raining. I called my friends yesterday and said it was beautiful and I could see all of the mountains.”
Meissner is studying physical therapy at the University of Delaware. She took this past semester off to focus on skating, but might want to become a therapist with a sports team or maybe the U.S. Olympic ice skating team. She also has thought about working with cancer patients, partly because of her work as a spokeswoman for the Cool Kids Campaign, an organization she helped found that helps children with cancer.
Besides skating to the Knight song in Kent, Meissner also will perform solo to a Beyonce song and do opening and closing numbers with the other skaters.
The lineup of skaters includes Olympic ice-skating champions Ilia Kulik and Ekaterina Gordeeva and current World champion Miki Ando.
In addition to Knight, saxophonist Kenny G, who grew up in Seattle, also will perform live.
The show is part of the NBC Skating Series and will be presented by The Joint Center at Renton’s Valley Medical Center. NBC will tape the event to be televised on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Ticket prices are $125, $100, $69.50, $59.50 and $39.50. The $125 ticket includes an on-ice, post-event reception. The $100 ticket includes a pre-show dinner.
Tickets are available at www.showarecenter.com.
Spotted on the set: Josh Bradley carrying a back pack. Where could Josh and Holly be going? Find out this February as love blossoms on TV5.
It’s the last day of the first week of filming and the cast and the production team of Nandito Ako gave their best as they shoot at Holly’s house.
More characters emerged on set to start filming for their respective roles. Everyone is excited to see the final product including the cast themselves.
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“NANDITO AKO”. Coming soon on TV5!
We don’t know who’s been taking singer David Archuleta around whenever he visits the Philippines (he’s been here four times) but his taste in Pinoy food goes beyond the usual adobo and lumpia as he has been feasting on tokwa’t baboy, sisig and papaitan. David has also ridden the ubiquitous jeepney.
When the Philippines was hit by Ondoy, David volunteered to hold a benefit concert for those affected by the floods. He was also one of the first foreign artists to express sympathy via the social networking site Twitter for those affected by tropical storm Sendong late last year.
Even before he first came here, David says he was already a fan of Regine Velasquez. Of course, he also admires his good friend Charice.
“It’s always fun for me when I come here,’’ says David to explain the “special treatment’’ that he gives the Philippines.
“The number one thing in any place is people. That’s always the thing that strikes me; it’s what I remember the most in anywhere I go, especially here in the Philippines. The people here have always been very gracious, very friendly, and just very supportive. Every single time that we’ve come here, it’s always been [a] great and amazing experience,’’ he adds.
At press time, David is on his last week in the country as he is busy shooting a TV drama for TV 5. In Nandito Ako, David plays an international singer who is half-Filipino. The character that he plays lived in the Philippines until he was five years old when he and his mother were separated by a hotel fire. Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero are his leading ladies. Oh, David will also sing the theme song of the show. The song was composed and originally sang by Ogie Alcasid.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better leading man. People of all ages like watching David,” says Percy Intalan, TV5 Creative and Entertainment head, who developed the story for Nandito Ako.
“It was a crazy idea,” admits Intalan. “But we’re here now and we’re taping.”
David believes that one should “never say never” so despite being an acting newbie, he took the TV 5 offer, but not before taking an acting class. Well, sort of.
“I sort of took (a class) in New York before I came over here. It wasn’t exactly like a class… The lady that I worked with was great. She helped me kind of loosen up. It made me look forward to doing this and that it’ll be fun.She just really taught me (that) instead of how people sometimes get caught in reading the lines, saying the lines, and acting out the lines, she focused on how I could relate to what the words were even if it wasn’t me. For the most part the character I’m playing is very much me which is nice but there are parts where you have to pretend. So how can you still put yourself in there? How can you still connect? She was great at teaching me to find exercises on how to do that,” he shares.
In a couple of months, David will take a two-year break from his career in show business to do missionary work for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“It’s very much focused on service—service to people in other communities and being able to change them. It’s also very much about sacrifice. For me, it was very hard because there would be a lot to sacrifice but that was my personal reason why I wanted to go—because of what you sacrifice and what you learn through sacrifice. Not having my family, my career, securer things in my life, I know in a way I will grow a lot which I haven’t been able to, yet. I’m looking forward to it,” says David.
During the two-year period, David will have no access to Twitter and other social networking sites and he will not perform in public. He is also not allowed to disclose where he is going. He says he has talked to his management about the possibility of recording some songs so that his fans will have something to listen to in his absence.
“This is a huge part of who I am. I admire my friends who did it. I have seen how it has built their relationship with God. It will be hard but humbling,” says David.
Source: Manila Standard Today by Dinna Chan Vasquez
Paparazzi looks back at all of David’s activities in his first week in Manila
David Archuleta is stepping away from the spotlight and taking a hiatus from the music industry to embark on a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And that has caused some discussion among fans, disappointing news for some, and exciting support from others.
The questions that surface are many. Can David make a successful comeback after two years? Will his fans be there when he returns?
In 1996 Michael Jackson had a weak records sales, and end to a marriage and a career threatening scandal. Frank Sinatra went from prince to pauper in the 50′s and a scandalous love affair helped close more doors in Hollywood.
Elvis Presley the 50′s rock and roll legend starred in some cheesy Hollywood musicals from 1964 to 1966 until he wowed a national TV audience in 1968.
In 1966 Elvis went to RCA studios in Nashville to make a gospel album, “How Great Thou Art’, which proved to be a milestone in Elvis’s career. It won him a Grammy. This was during a time of personal and professional struggle. The broadcast of his television special, Elvis, put him back on top.
Gloria Estefan is paving her way for a comeback in the American music market, with “Miss Little Havana”. She has been out of the spotlight for almost a decade. And Shania Twain is making a comeback in Vegas which will last until December 2012. A few years back her marriage fell apart and now has reinvented herself at Caesar’s Palace.
We know how these careers flourished and now all have a place in pop-history. Can David do the same? My personal opinion is yes, but I wanted to put the question to a couple of experienced people in the music industry who are huge fans of David Archuleta.
Michael Orland, Arranger and Associate Musical Director from American Idol, and Dorian Holley his former coaching partner from Idol who is now the lead singer for the Tonight Show Band took time out of their busy schedules and had the following to say:
“David Archuleta has one of the most beautiful voices of any contestants on the show.” They remember watching Hollywood week on TV, a couple weeks before they were to go in to get to work on the Top 24 David was onstage singing. One of the background singers was just behind him, weeping uncontrollably at the beauty of his voice. Dorian said, “I kept rewinding to watch my friend Lynn Fiddmont cry, and to enjoy the pure sound he made. The best part about David, though, is he has a smile and a spirit to match his great voice. Coaching him was a pleasure.”
As to David’s decision to break away from music for a bit, both Michael and Dorian felt that it is a big one. They said, “There will always be the question as to whether or not he will be greeted with open arms; will his music be embraced again? “We say yes. People who love him will still love him when he returns; provided he is making music they want to hear. In some ways a break will help him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Most importantly, David must do what his heart tells him, and what is more important than traveling and helping others? We believe music fans will be eager to hear a David Archuleta CD in two or three years, when he is ready, and when he has something deeper and more interesting to say, more power to him.”
Passion is the one thing that makes most artists successful and when they come back they provide us with good music. Their love and desire to create music is what gives them their success. Most artists already have a good fan base that would support them, and they end up with many more new fans upon their return.
David Archuleta is an artist that has a great following and can come back again, and his fans will be waiting.
Published by Pamela Pike.
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David we’ll always and forever be here for you. You got our 101% support. We’ll wait for you after your 2 year mission.
The big show-biz news this month is TV5’s bid to add international singer David Archuleta to its roster of contract stars. The “American Idol” second-placer is turning actor by way of “Nandito Ako,” a mini-series in which he plays a young Fil-Am teenager who comes home and gets involved with two lovely babes, played by Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero.
This is Archuleta’s fourth working visit to the Philippines, so it’s decidedly a case of mutual liking between him and his Filipino fans. His performing career in the States has yet to really take off, so he has the time to further build up his now not insubstantial Philippine base. The money involved in the TV5 deal surely is nothing to sniff at, either.
The big question is, does David have it in him to do well as an actor, not just as a singer? The way we size up the young comer, he’s frisky and eager to please, but perhaps too nice and obedient as a talent to come across as exciting and intriguing to behold in performance.
Well, it’s time for him to get out of his “likable” shell and predictable performing “box”—which could be one reason that he’s laying his actor persona on the line for the first time by way of his Pinoy mini-series.
To hedge its bets, “Nandito Ako” should be a musical romantic-drama series that banks extensively on Archuleta’s proven skill and charisma. But, there has to be a point in the show when he can prove his worth as an actor—so, it’s time to go out on an acting limb—and fly!
Adding to the iffy-ness of Archuleta’s baptism of fire as an actor is the fact that his two leading ladies are also relative newbies, so they’ll be contending with their own insecurities. It’s a good thing that veteran actors have been signed up to provide the teen talents the acting support they need to make the mini-series their confident rather than timorous bid for acting stardom.
Also not so pleasant for us is the prospect of having to watch yet another show in which an imported talent has to mouth dialogue in English, since Archuleta is going to play the umpteenth Fil-Am character to inhabit or visit a local TV-film production. Really now, when are we going to finally get over our avid and rabid postcolonial fascination with imports of every shape, size and speech?
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