Amazing on Ice: Yes, He Was

3-JW_AOI_Curtain_SPCN_07-15-2016_04CJohnny during his hauntingly beautiful pairs performance with Zhang Hao to ‘Raised Pearl Curtain.’ Photo via SportsPhotoCN/Ni Minzhe. Gorgeous exclusive photos from every moment of Amazing on Ice below!


The Weibocalypse has arrived and it is here in this post: 90+ incredible photos, 15+ videos, multiple gifs, and all of it a welcome celebration of beauty and joy and love in a world that so dearly needs it.

For the third year in a row, the highlight of the show was most definitely Johnny’s male-male pairs performance with Chinese skater Zhang Hao. Their program was an interpretation of Chinese singer Huo Zhun / Henry Huo’s song whose title translates as “Raised [or Rolled-Up] Pearl Curtain.” Huo earned national attention and Song of the Year honors for his hugely popular composition in China’s “Sing My Song” competition, so the Beijing audience was thrilled with the choice.

Johnny and Zhang’s performance included both a successful throw jump and a lift, and the audience was captivated throughout. But the moment that drew the most wildly enthusiastic reaction: the kiss at the end of the program. A truly amazing moment on Beijing ice.

And in an acknowledgement of Johnny’s star power and impact, he and Zhang were the featured photo in Sunday’s edition of People’s Daily, the largest newspaper group in China. Of all the hundreds of photos available to the editors from ‎Amazing on Ice’s incredible all-star cast, they chose this one:

JW_PeoplesDaily _China_07-17-2016_p4_03Google Translate version here. Full-size image of the print edition here.


But before you happily dive in to spend possibly the rest of your life in this post, an IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Johnny guest stars on Cupcake Wars TONIGHT on Food Network, 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT (with bonus Boz)!

Sneak-peek pics from Johnny’s Instagram:

JW_CupcakeWars_promopic_04AVia Johnny: “Tonight, 8EST, #CupcakeWars, @foodnetwork.”

 

JW_CupcakeWars_promopic_01AVia Johnny: “Be sure to catch me on #CupcakeWars tomorrow night at 8pm EST on @foodnetwork! Major baking with @neneleakes @shawnjohnson & @lamorne. My little brother @b_weir6 joins me too!”


And now: Amazing on Ice, from rehearsals to goodbyes. Many of these pics are nicely huge, so please do click any photo for the full-size image. Sources as watermarked. The post may take a moment to load, but it’s all worth it. Please be sure to scroll all the way to the end for bonus pics and video. Very special thanks again to the wonderful Joveta Leo for all the gorgeous exclusive photos!


REHEARSAL CLIPS

For more rehearsal coverage, please see this post.


Naughty Johnny at Tango rehearsal.
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Johnny & Zhang Hao rehearse for their special pairs performance to ‘Raised Pearl Curtain.’
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DRESS REHEARSAL


Brief clip of Johnny & Stéphane at dress rehearsal likely not doing whatever it is they’re supposed to be doing.
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Johnny’s dress rehearsal of his Beyoncé Medley.
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Johnny’s dress rehearsal with Zhang Hao for ‘Raised Pearl Curtain.’
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Johnny & Stephane at the tango dress rehearsal. With Evgeni Plushenko, Adelina Sotnikova, and Meryl Davis & Charlie White.
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SHOWTIME! OPENING NUMBER

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Opening group number, Act 1.
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BEYONCÉ MEDLEY

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HD video of Johnny’s now-beloved Béyonce Medley, in our favorite dazzlingly sheer red costume. 🍅🍑
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TANGO with STÉPHANE LAMBIEL

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Opening group number, Act 2: Johnny & Stéphane’s long-awaited Rolling Ball of Sparkle tango moment.
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Fancam version that’s mostly Plushenko-focused, but offers some great Johnny & Stéph footage.
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And bonus fancam clips from @ryoko201:

ステファン&ジョニー ① #stephanelambiel #johnnyweir #amazingonice #amazingonice2016 #beijing by @ryoko201

 

ステファン&ジョニー② (ボケボケですみません^^;) #stephanelambiel #johnnyweir #🌹 #🌻 #amazingonice #amazingonice2016 #beijing by @ryoko201

‘RAISED PEARL CURTAIN’ Pairs Performance with ZHANG HAO

We begin with highlights of this stunning performance in GIF form, with special thanks to Elena Vasileva:

 

 

 

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HD video. An exquisitely poignant and powerful performance . . . 
More about the Chinese music for this program, ‘Raised Pearl Curtain,’ including translation of the lyrics, is here.
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Fancam version.
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Wonderful fancam courtesy of Johnny’s Pandas. Viewed from the north end of the arena.
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And equally wonderful fancam also courtesy of Johnny’s Pandas. Viewed from the south end of the arena.
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FINALE and POST-SHOW

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Johnny with a copy of Henry Huo’s debut album, from Huo’s Weibo fan club.

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And Johnny with his beloved Pandas, from his Weibo.

I love you all! @Johnny_Pandas Thank you for having me in your wonderful country, for your cheers and your smiles. ️ by @johnnygweir

 


Finale.
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UNTIL NEXT YEAR . . . 

Johnny says his goodbyes at the hotel before heading to the airport.

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BONUS GALLERY

One more look at this breathtaking performance through another beautiful photo seriess . . . 

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BONUS VIDEO


A brief moment of beautiful Johnny at rehearsal. Special thanks to dear Joveta for this clip!
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SUN VALLEY IS THIS WEEKEND: And that means the blog will be on hiatus until my return from this glorious event. Get tix now to see Johnny perform this Saturday, July 23!

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