Monday, January 14, 2013

Swan Prince

Johnny acknowledges the crowd 
at the end of his Swan Lake performance 
in this screencap from Stars on Ice: Japan Tour 2013.

Johnny's fabulous auction is coming to a close!

Johnny's seven-day auction 
of skating and fashion memorabilia
IS ENDING SOON on Linda's Stuff! 
A portion of the proceeds will go
to the Trevor Project. 
For a look at Johnny wearing some 
of the items, please see this blog post.

Please keep voting for Johnny 
on Food Network!

UPDATE: Monday's voting was.... super weird. But today the poll seems to be working more like it has been, although Hines Ward's numbers remain curiously high. So please do vote vote vote 10x per day from every available device—PC, phone, laptop, iPad—and let's get Johnny back in first place where he belongs!!

Vote totals as of Tuesday, January 15, 11:30 am CST. 
Johnny has come back from an incomprehensible low 
of 6% to 9%, while Hines has fallen a few points 
from yesterday's equally incomprehensible 80%. 

Yes, at last, we have video from Japan!! The January 6 show in Osaka was broadcast yesterday on TV-Tokyo and miraculously made its way to YouTube in practically no time at all, much to the astonished excitement of fans everywhere. 

So if you haven't seen his Swan Lake/Black Swan performance yet—or even if you have—please stop everything you're doing and watch it right now. Because it's all the classic Johnny—elegance and passion, grace and athleticism, beautiful lines and flow, as only Johnny can bring to the ice—that so many love best about his skating:

If the video won't play for you, 
please try this link.

And then please enjoy these screencaps, which, while not the highest quality, do their best to highlight his gorgeous costume. I love his take on stark black, and the way the white panels flutter as he glides past the camera...

Beautiful ending pose.

Absolutely love this program. As did everyone else on Twitter. Here are my three favorite responses out of the flood of Twitter love he received:

More video!! In a pre-show broadcast, various experts—
including Johnny—were asked to offer their podium 
predictions for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. 
Johnny's portion begins at about 4:30.
Video link.

Screencaps! Tweeted by @midnight_kurage.

And the entire Stars on Ice broadcast. 
Johnny's Swan Lake begins at about 0:14:00. 
He's also in the finale, at about 1:35:00.
Video link.

Rachael vs. Guy Recap:
"Hollywood Walk of Farm"
(Actualfax episode title.)

Best line of the night: 
"We—me and my hair—
are excited to be on the farm."

OK! Episode 2 picks up with Team Rachael down one member, having lost Gilbert Gottfried at the end of last week's episode. This week Johnny draws on his Pennsylvania roots and everything he learned on his grandmother's farm to try to stay in the competition.

UPDATE!! New video! Of just the Johnny parts, 
which is just the way I like my TV shows. 
Thank you, minihoarse!

The full episode is now available on the Rachael vs. Guy website, and also at this link

(Warning: Spoilers below in the captions!)

Team Guy picks its way through the fields 
to gather with Rachael and Guy and get their instructions 
for today's challenge.

Guy: "Johnny, you stole the thunder last week 
with the outfit. Again, you come through..." 
Love his Daisy Dukes and his shirt.

Listening to Guy and Rachael explain this week's challenge.

Johnny's "Chicken Marbles" are his go-to protein—
chicken breasts—wrapped in prosciutto and grilled.

Yikes: Guy tells Johnny he's added the feta cheese
to his Water Salad too early in the process, 
and it's looking unappetizing... he has to start over and prepare the salad again.

"My salad looks like trash. I need to fix it. 
If I don't get the salad re-chopped, re-dressed, 
and re-beautified, I'm not going to have a side dish 
to show with my chicken."

Done! Johnny introduces his dishes to the guest tasters 
and mentions his pride in his Pennsylvania farm roots.

Team Guy awaits their fate in their trailer. 
Unbeknownst to Johnny, outside at the tasting, 
Guy has high praise for him: 
"I think he's got way more talent, 
way more culinary awareness, 
than he's given himself credit for."

The verdict is in....

...and Johnny's dishes are well-received!

Plus more kudos from Guy: 
"The fact that you were organized enough 
that when I came and told you that 
you're not supposed to mix the feta into the salad 
because it starts to make it look funky, 
and how you turned it around—outstanding!"

But it's Team Rachael who wins the day. 
And that means the bottom two finishers on Team Guy—
Dean and Cornelia—must face off in the 
blind-tasting challenge to determine who goes home.

Johnny comforts an anxious Chilli 
as they cheer on their teammates.

They applaud both chefs...

...and are saddened by the departure of Cornelia, 
who lost to Dean in the challenge.

Next week: The teams take over Mel's Diner, 
where they must not only cook the food, 
but serve it in style—in vintage uniforms, 
and on roller skates!

Brief Johnny-centric promo for next week!
Video link.

Please keep voting for Johnny 
as your Celebrity Cook-Off Fan Favorite!

He stayed in the lead with 33% for most of the weekend, 
but after last night's episode and Hines Ward's 
crowd-pleasing flank steak recipe, Johnny slipped 
to 31% while Hines briefly gained to 24% (now back at 23%). 
Show Food Network that they made an excellent choice 
in drawing viewers by inviting Johnny 
to participate in the show!! You can vote 10x a day 
from every computer and mobile device. 

From Our WTAF Dept.:

Since I posted this blog twenty minutes ago, the Fan Fav poll standings have suddenly morphed to this:

Awaiting clarification from Food Network.... Although the guess is that the accumulated vote totals have been suddenly randomly zeroed out for the new week, and we're starting over. So PLEASE KEEP VOTING for Johnny!!

Bonus pics!! Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
"With my hero Ira Slutskaya. Snow play."

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
"Group photo. Phillips, Ira, Mao-chan, Akiko-chan, 
Kanako-chan, Shizuka-chan, Dai-kun"

Yay!! He's headed home soon!

Very special thanks to 
Jenn Kittler for her invaluable help 
with Celeb Cook-Off screencaps!

"A Mighty Dream" calendars for 2013, 
in both 12-month and 18-month designs! 
Order yours today! All proceeds donated to 
administered by the lovely Patti Weir.

New episode THIS SUNDAY! 
January 13, 9 pm EST & PST / 8 pm CST, 
only on Food Network!
Please watch and vote for Johnny as your fan fav!

Patti has posted a new message 
on Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2012 
and what lies ahead. 
Please go read it now!

Johnny is performing in 
Stars on Ice: Japan 2013 
in Osaka and Tokyo this month! 
Dates and times listed on his website
So excited for Japanese fans!!

Johnny's a regular columnist now  
for the Falls Church News-Press!
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the "National Commentary
section—don't miss a single one! 

Please alert absolutely everyone you've ever met 
to "like" and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Yep, I'm still promoting this silly poll
in which you can vote at least once a day. 
Please vote for Johnny!!

Need to see Season 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you're watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!

Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny's comeback!  
Please visit Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)

Q and A! Go read it now!

Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on!

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


LauraL said...

Applauds. So beautiful shots of Johnny...especially the one, where he lies on his side on the ice, before he started smiling...I guess we all like Johnny for the same reasons!:) And Johnny and Chili hugging...OMG how sweet.:) I haven't seen the 2nd episode yet, but I'm hoping I see it asap. The "Swan Lake" -music just keeps playing in my head...*happy sigh* :)

WheresMyKoppy said...

I don't know how the Japanese fans managed all those photos and videos, because we all know they were sadly lacking before due to restrictions on cameras and video. But we certainly should thank them! And thank you, MM, for putting it altogether in another great blog! What would we do without you?

That's weird about the voting. It must be zeroed out and starting over this week. There's no other explanation for it. And I love those pictures of Johnny and Chili together, and Guy's comments about Johnny. I'm looking forward to week number three!

Maggie St. said...

Doesn't matter where he stands in the polls, Johnny will always be #1 in our hearts.