If you’ve been keeping up with the bittersweet Sochi Olympic Games, you might have noticed (now or in seasons past) that figure skating music is without lyrics. As peaceful and elegant as that has been, it’s all changing next season.
According to the New York Times, “Men, women and pairs skaters” will be permitted to use “vocal music with lyrics in their programs.” Adding that, “That could mean arias, rap, Springsteen ballads, Adele love songs, Daft Punk incantations, whatever.”
The Olympic committee feels that lyrical pieces can add to a performance and increase popularity among younger viewers. We think that since ice dancing “has allowed music with lyrics since the late 1990s” it can’t hurt, but that remains to be seen. It’s hard to imagine a meaningful program to the lyrics of “Call Me Maybe.”
Read the whole story here and enjoy the remaining 5 days of the lyric-less figure skating this season!