Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Be Beautiful and Speak Well"

Johnny at one of the men’s practices in Sochi. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

More pics 
+ new additions to
our video playlist below!

Get ready for Johnny 
at the Oscars!

New on Johnny’s website! 
Details below!

UPDATE!! Via Tara Lipinski: 
“Watch us tonite on Chelsea Lately! 
#taraandjohnny on Us soil begins 

More must-see updates 

Visit Johnny’s official website for a schedule of all his upcoming TV appearances!

OK! Johnny’s coverage of the Oscars for Access Hollywood begins today, according to this promo, with a scheduled segment in which Access Hollywood follows Johnny and Tara around in LA as they choose their looks for the big night:

Piecing together exactly what he’s doing when has been an intriguing project the last 24 hours, with info culled from various sources because yesterday was a total explosion of Johnny media, which you can catch up on here.

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

As noted above, he’s scheduled to appear on an Access Hollywood segment today and on Chelsea Lately tonight. Of course “scheduled” means that it could totally not happen, but set those DVRs anyway just in case!

UPDATE: The Access Hollywood segment has been moved to Friday. They’re also scheduled to be on Access Hollywood Live on Friday. See all the broadcast details on Johnny’s official website!

I believe he’ll be doing additional Access Hollywood and/or Access Hollywood Live segments leading up to the Oscars on Sunday (yes, those are two different parts of the same show. IDK. Here’s their website. Good luck).

The most important point is this: he will NOT be broadcasting live from the Oscars on Sunday. Instead, per the Today Show:

Weir and Lipinski will provide fashion critiques of the celebrity-studded Academy Awards from a tower posted above the red carpet, the entertainment show confirmed Tuesday to They also will be featured on Access Hollywood Live and taped episodes later this week, as well as on Monday’s shows, which will include segments recorded at the Oscars on Mar. 2.

And also the LA Times:

The fashion-forward onetime Olympians will be posted in a tower position above the red carpet, where the program’s veteran host, Billy Bush, will be interviewing Academy Awards attendees.

As with Bush, viewers won’t see Weir and Lipinski on Sunday; instead, they will appear in Monday’s two “Access” episodes, including segments taped at the Oscars.

And my favorite, this blurb from The Cut:

Their stint will kick off with a special “behind-the-scenes” look at their Oscars-outfit shopping excursion (someone needs to wear those Rodarte Star Wars dresses, Tara), which will be, in other words, Christmas morning.

On the big night, March 2, the two will be posted in a tower like the princesses they are, commenting on red-carpet fashions while Billy Bush interviews celebrities.

Our New Continuing Series:
Johnny and Tara 
Take Over Hollywood

(OK, we’re still working on the title...)

Wednesday, February 26.

Via @nancyd_tv: “@Accessholllywood 
has backstage fun wi/ @johnnygweir & #taralapinski 
at 2nite’s @chelsealately_e”

Via Access Hollywood: “@accesshollywood is with 
@taralipinski & @johnnygweir as they visit #ChelseaLately. 
How excited are you to see them to join 
@accesshollywood’s fashion coverage at the #Oscars?”

Via fashion expert Christos Garkinos, 
owner of Decades Inc.: “This is happening right now 
@decadesinc @johnnygweir Oscar shopping”

Via Decades Inc: “We guarantee Gold on the Red Carpet! 
#olympics #oscars #redcarpet #taralipinski 
#johnnyweir #moniquelhuillier #oscardelarenta”

Via People Magazine: “What a fab day 
with this IT duo @JohnnyGWeir & @Tara_Lipinski 
on the scene of their @LiveAccess pre-Oscar shoot”

Via @TaraandJohnny: 
“We are ready for the Oscars 
but are you ready for us?! 

Via People Magazine: “Our pals @AccessHollywood 
gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes invite 
to their pre-Oscar shoot with @johnnygweir & 
@taralipinski this afternoon @DecadesInc 
in West Hollywood. The BFF figure skating duo, 
who will do fashion commentary on Hollywood’s 
biggest night, tried on several different looks - 
and gave us their best twirl in the process!”

In the meantime, whilst we await this gift from the fashion and commentary gods, we have a wonderful interview from Sochi in which to roll around:

Johnny with journalist Vasily Solovyov, 
from Vasya’s Facebook page.

Yes, it’s all in Russian. And even though I only understand maybe five words of the language, I love to listen to Johnny speaking Russian.

But fortunately we don’t have to settle for a beautiful but incomprehensible (to most of us) 20 minutes of Russian that shall forever remain a mystery. The lovely Tatiana Edrenkina has once again rescued us with a translation that we’ll present here in two parts, with our deepest gratitude to Tati.

Johnny and Vasya: Part 1

Vasily Solovyov: Johnny, I know that you’ve been working for American TV as a duo with Tara Lipinski.

Johnny: We’re a pair.

VS: You have such a dynamic. Very cool duo. You’ve been posting all your photos and videos on Instagram and it’s really funny. Was it you yourselves who decided that you should work as a duo, or was it NBC who invited you to do so?

JW: It was NBC, of course. I have never competed with Tara, and we’ve never been in a show together. We were only acquaintances. She’s a very funny girl, very good, smart. It’s very comfortable to work with her because we want to work and be like stars on TV, and I think that everybody in the USA is very happy that we’ve done a good job.

VS: I’m sure of it. Please tell me what your work consists of. You know, to the right of me in the commentating booth there are Canadians, Kurt Browning together with two girls. They have editors, producers, assistants. I often see Kurt in the morning giving interviews or playing a harmonica. What about you? Do you work just on air, or do you do anything else, like writing or doing TV reports?

JW: Well, there are a lot of different people on NBC who can do what I can’t do. They visit practices every day, they write all the skaters’ bios for us. For us, it’s just be beautiful and speak well. This is our job. We give a lot of interviews and we live like little stars. This is a very beautiful job for us because we can talk about a skater not only as an athlete, but as a person. That is very important to me, because I often sat and watched videos of my skating and I heard them saying wrong things.

VS: Commentators?

JW: Yes, commentators.

VS: Even American commentators?

JW: Yes, ours. You were always good. You’re a good guy. Thank you for that.

VS [looking at the camera]: All of you, did you hear that?

JW: Galina Yakovlevna used to scream: “Umnitsa, umnitsa, just like Vasya said!” And I was always very happy. I never wanted to watch my YouTube videos from NBC, only from NTV+. You were perfect.

VS: This interview is not about me, it’s about you! So you’re trying to say nice things about all skaters, right?

JW: Yes, nice things, never bad things. If they skated really badly with a bad attitude, you should say how difficult figure skating is. This is art, this is sport. Every skater has a good moment, and you should talk about that. You shouldn’t destroy them.

VS: Johnny, in our country we now have a very difficult situation. We have a very good skater—I think you’ve heard about him: his name is Evgeni Plushenko. He withdrew from the competition, and a very serious discussion began that he is a bad person because he should have skated, he should have killed himself, and he should have broken all his bones but he should have represented our country until he became an invalid. What’s your opinion about this situation?

JW: Plushenko has always been my friend and he’s always supported me at competitions. After Vancouver he told me: “Today the judges dislike Russians, you and me.” He’s always been good to me. As an athlete I know that if I want to skate, I can, but if my body doesn’t want to skate, it’s impossible to skate. And I believe that Zhenya skated like God at the team event and he did perfectly for Russia. But if his body said no, then the body said no, and he couldn’t skate. And it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t skate because he’d have gotten a medal 100%.

VS: Didn’t you in America laugh at us when this situation happened? Because he came here instead of… well, another guy had won the Russian Nationals and Evgeni had lost to him, but then he came here and couldn’t skate at the end. Didn’t the Americans laugh at us for that?

JW: I don’t know. In America we have another situation, very political.

VS: Can you get onto your national team if you haven’t won the Nationals?

JW: It’s impossible to say, “I’ll be at the Olympics!” if the federation doesn’t say that it’s possible. But Zhenya is a legendary skater. If he wants to skate, let him skate.

VS: Johnny, you have a very kind heart.

JW: Maxim Kovtun is a good guy. He did three quads in his free program, and that’s very beautiful. Of course, he’s the future. Maxim will become a champion, I believe. But at these Olympic Games, I wanted Plushenko to skate.

VS: So if he wasn’t here, that would make you sad? I understand. OK. Can I ask you about our hockey players?

JW: Poor guys. We were sitting together in the NBC compound yesterday watching this match. I’m so sorry that Russia didn’t win and that there wasn’t a medal for Russia. I always wanted the gold medal either for Russia or for the USA. I always support Russia, you know. But what can you do? It’s a sport. It’s very difficult to perform for your own country.

Photo via Vasya’s Facebook.

Possibly the Final Update 
from Our Continuing Series: 
How to Olympic 
With Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski

Random Leftover Stuff.

Via Johnny: “My amazing hair and makeup artists, 
Diane and Mariola who helped me be pretty 
for Sochi! Thank you!”

Via Mariola: “I miss u guys so much already!!! ♥”

Another from the series by USA Today. 

Via @TaraAndJohnny: “Heading home 
#taraandjohnny adventures continue....”

More Video Heaven

Here are four new vids to add to your playlist of fabulosity:

Johnny Weir in Primetime: Ladies Results

Johnny Weir, Best of Commentary

Johnny Weir, Access Hollywood Weekend — a wonderful long-ish interview

Previously listed here:

Johnny Weir, Balance

Johnny Weir, Deserted Island Must-Haves

Johnny Weir, Primetime with Bob Costas

Johnny Weir’s Fashion

Johnny Weir, Ladies’ Preview, Today

Johnny Weir, Bay Area NBC

Johnny Weir, Tennis, Today

Johnny Weir, Access Hollywood, 02-20-2014

Johnny Weir, Bob Costas 02-20-14

Bonus pic: One more from men’s practice.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

Very special thanks to Tatiana Edrenkina
Elena Vasileva, and Jenn Kittler
without whom today’s post mostly would not exist!

Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!

On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!

Also on the blog:
“Random Tuesday Roundup, Or: Is It Summer Yet?”
Gorgeous sun-drenched Johnny picspam, 
for those of us who prefer our winter 
a little less... wintry. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Because It’s Glorious.”
A look back at Johnny’s first national title 
and his thoughts on Nationals, accompanied by 
20+ exquisite black-and-white portraits.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Frost Giant.”
25+ exclusive pics of Johnny
performing Army of Me.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

All of Him Is My Treasure.”
Fans react to Johnny’s graceful exit 
from competitive skating.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Practice Is Perfect”
25+ exclusive photos of Johnny’s 
Sun Valley rehearsal.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Dear Johnny...”
Selected black-and-white photos of Johnny’s 
hauntingly beautiful Schindler’s List debut.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich means if you missed out 
the first time around, you’re in luck: 
It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures 
you could take home!

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.

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue a
nytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

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!

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