Johnny Wows in Texas: ‘Thanks for Just Being So Spectacular’

jw_gdal_rhrs_12-03-2016_08bJohnny rehearses at Galleria Dallas before his performance to ‘O Holy Night’ in the Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration. Photo via @lileikus on Twitter.


UPDATE: NEW VIDEO

Another look at Johnny’s beautiful ‘O Holy Night’ in HD!

(And also: find out here how you can help wish Johnny a happy holiday season!)


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And a new gif from this highlights video just posted by the Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center:


Yes, we’re still digging out from the avalanche of photos and videos that accompanied Johnny’s whirlwind two-day, slay-all-day tree-lighting tour this past weekend, in which he captivated audiences in both New York (see the fabulousness here) and Dallas in the space of 24 hours, leaving a trail of love, respect, and glitter in his wake, as always.

After his super-sassy “Santa Baby” at Bryant Park’s annual Tree Lighting on Friday, Johnny showcased his beautifully lyrical side with a breathtaking performance to “O Holy Night” in Dallas on Saturday, skating effortlessly around the giant tree in the middle of the ice and including not one but two of his signature “Johnny slides” so that people on either side of the tree could see.

His day at the Galleria was jampacked, beginning with a 3:15 a.m. wakeup call, a flight, a takeover of the Galleria’s Instagram accounts, a private VIP meet-n-greet, rehearsal, performance, tree lighting, and then a post-show public meet-n-greet at Macy’s. And through it all, he was unfailingly gracious, funny, and kind, and utterly captivating on the ice.

We’re hopeful that Galleria Dallas will post gorgeous photos and videos from the day’s events, as they did when he visited in April this year, but in the meantime, we have a roundup below from social media plus exclusive clips from my dear friend Chris Krafft, who explained her road trip from Tennessee in terms we can all understand:

 

 

Reminder: the Johnnyness continues with @TaraandJohnny commentary on the Grand Prix Final this coming Sunday, December 11, 8:30 pm ET on NBCSN (NOT the same channel as NBC). And, if you’re crazy like Chris and me, then go get your tickets ASAP for Johnny’s next US performance, at the University of Delaware in January:

 

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Please enjoy all the beauty below โ€” including the captions people wrote for their photos, because they are wonderful โ€” and be sure to visit our sister post for all the mega-sass from NYC!


ARRIVAL AND VIP MEET-N-GREET

Hey guys! It’s me, @johnnygweir taking over the @galleriadallas Instagram for the day! Luckily the weather here in Dallas is bad so you can come inside, do some shopping and catch my free performance on the ice tonight at 6! I’ve just arrived from New York and can’t wait to celebrate the season with my trusty bag man and Ice Show legend and guru David Kirby. #galleriaholiday by @galleriadallas

 

My stage for the night here at @galleriadallas! PS I’ve taken over their Instagram for the day and will endeavor not to knock over their Christmas tree. #galleriaholiday by @johnnygweir

 

Me and Johnny by @cineastex

 

Continuing the fun at #galleriadallas with Johnny Weir, Timothy LeDuc and Ashley Cain! #teamusa #iceskaters #galleriaholiday @icegirlash by @nelli16tx

 

OMG @johnnygweir!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’‹โ›ธ๐ŸŽ„Johnny is in Dallas again at @galleriadallas for the @macys Christmas tree lighting. So excited! ๐Ÿ˜ #galleriadallas #galleriaholiday #johnnyweir #christmastree #macys #small4style #holidays by @alexsmall4style

 

I had so much fun tonight with @johnnygweir at @galleriadallas! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’— #galleriaholiday #galleriadallas #johnnyweir #small4style #christmas #macys #holidays #christmas #christmastree by @alexsmall4style

 

just letting everyone know that @JohnnyGWeir is my favorite by @para_alexis1

 

met @johnnygweir today. he is kind, passionate and so so talented. love meeting legends in their sport! โœŒ๐Ÿผโ›ธ by @eatstyledallas

 

So much fun meeting Olympic medalist @johnnygweir tonight at #galleriadallas he’s so amazingly sweet and nice! His performance outfit had lots of sparkles too! Join him tonight for the tree lighting ceremony to ring in the season! โ„โ„โ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽ„#johnnyweir #treelighting #DFW #Dallas by @thejavamama

 

Good times with this one! @johnnygweir #galleriadallas #galleriaholiday #tistheseason #babyitscoldoutside ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„โ„โ„โ„ by @thejavamama

 

All smiles with Olympian @johnnygweir at the @galleriadallas! He is so much fun and is performing at the tree lighting ceremony tonight. We got to see his outfit for the show and of course there was tons of sparkle. The man has better fashion skills than most women. There’s so much fun happening at the Galleria Dallas during the holidays. Don’t miss out! #GalleriaDallas #DallasGalleria #TreeLighting #JohnnyWeir #Olympian . . . #behindthescenes #vip #dfw #dallas #bigd #northtexas #shopping #dallasevents #celebsightings #selfie #olympics by @modernmomlife

 

Backstage meeting the fabulous @johnnygweir with my favorite @mariposahinojosa @galleriadallas about to enjoy a little holiday ice skating show! by @missingqpress

 

Just another day in Dallas. Jason got to go to this VIP event with Johnny Weir while I had to work. I love him and his sassiness. He got me an autographed photo of him. I probably would have been super star struck anyway. More photos in comments on FB. #dallas #galleriadallas #johnnyweir #galleriadallas #iceskating by @johnsshore

REHEARSAL

With Ashley Cain and her partner, Tim โ€ŽLeDuc.

Johnny Weir olympic skater at Galleria Dallas by Cesare Miranda

 

Perfect spot to see @JohnnyGWeir skate in this evening’s holiday show at @GalleriaDallas. Here’s warmups. by @Bastard_Of_1967

 

Brief rehearsal clip. Exclusive video thanks to Chris Krafft!


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SHOWTIME!

Backstage with Ashley and Tim. Johnny is wearing the beautiful costume his Russian fans designed and gave him as a gift several years ago.

The tree lighting is about to start at @galleriadallas with me, @johnnygweir and @icegirlash & her partner Tim! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ by @galleriadallas

 

Had a great time tonight with Tina Foss at the galleria with The Official Johnny G. Weir. Just sayin. by Mia Pbw Bissette

 

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NEW! Two new pics from my dear friend Joveta Leo!

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My son was in awe tonight watching you with Tim and Ashley. Fabulous show and great role model as my son ventures into the skating world by Sasha Adler

 

Beautiful program tonight, @johnnygweir ! Please come back to Texas again soon! by @lauren_marah

 

‘Tis the season for holiday ice shows! Thank you to @galleriadallas for having us as a part of their tree lighting celebration!๐ŸŽ„ #galleriadallas #macys by @icegirlash

VIDEO!

Brief clips: first, from my lovely friend Eiko, who also posted wonderful snippets from NYC.

ไปŠๅ›žใฏๅคงๅคฑๆ•—ใ€‚2Aใ‚’่ทณใถๅฏธๅ‰ใซๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใ€œใ€‚๐Ÿ˜ญ by @esjw2

 

And another glimpse via Missing Q Press.

Amazing performance by the incredible @johnnygweir @galleriadallas tonight. #figureskating #johnnyweir #galleriadallas by @missingqpress

 

Johnny’s entire performance. Exclusive video thanks to Chris (who apologizes for the low-res quality but whatever, Chris, it’s Johnny!)


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His entire performance from an alternate angle and in HD, via Sarah Noor on Facebook.
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A portion of his performance from yet another angle, via Nicholas Germain on Facebook.
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And a glimpse of Johnny during the tree lighting.

Light it up!!! This was a great idea if I do say so myself! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„ #macys #galleriadallas by @shelley.suzanne

POST-SHOW MEET-N-GREET AT MACY’S

His day’s not over yet . . . now it’s time to sign autographs and take photos with 200 people.

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MET JOHNNY WEIR TODAY!! by @viviaaann12

 

What are the chances we go to the Galleria Mall in Dallas & there happens to be an Olympian Figure Skater performing there at the ice rink and we happen to get 1st in line to meet Johnny Weir. Chloe was pretty excited. by Alisa Collins

 

Tonight I met THE Johnny Weir (3 time US Figure Skating Champion and 2 time Olympian) and I was surprised I didn’t start bawling. Johnny, thanks for just being so spectacular, flawless, and always showing your personality through your skating. Never change. by @tolusalako

 

My life is pretty much complete. Today, I met 1/2 of my obsession He’s as graceful and kind and beautiful in person as his persona. If only @taralipinski was here…๐Ÿ’— by @cincygirl_takes_texas

 

With @johnnygweir , After his show at #galleriadallas #galleriaholiday #champion #figureskater by @purnima.mkr

 

With the one and only @johnnygweir #fabulous #grand #amazingshow #awesomeskating #christmastree #christmasshow #oneluckygirl by @sarahnaguiling

 

Thank you @JohnnyGWeir ๐Ÿ’— These girls were thrilled to meet you and now we have $50 of donut mixes. ๐Ÿ˜‚ by @MommyUpgrade

 

Chris and Johnny.

So happy to see @JohnnyGWeir today. Beautiful man inside & out by @lilrenegade

 

Also, Chris took a photo of his boots (see-through heels!) because she knows what’s important at these events.

by Chris Krafft

 

A very creatively dressed fan gave Johnny a Christmas sweater!

I love Ya Johnny…hope you love your crazy sweater I made ya…you are the greatest and thanks for always being who you are…โ™กโ™กโ™ก by Felicia Tina Wilson

 

Look who I ran into on a Saturday night! @johnnieweir #MacysDallas. Always adds color to Olympic & professional skating!! Always a fun time!! by @chez_sara_

 

So this just happened by @klancasterrn97

 

Great to met the Olympian @TheoffcialJohnnyGWeir #johnnyweir ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ˜‰ by @melanieboost

 

Omg took a picture with @johnnygweir today at galleria and my eyes were blessed today๐Ÿ‘€โœจ I’m still shook and freaking out inside lol #figureskating #johnnyweir #galleria #blessed #shooked #olympian by @aniyuudoodle

 

thank you so much!! @johnnygweir by @elliekicks

 

@JohnnyGWeir thanks for your graciousness to my granddaughter by @anorm60

 

I cannot express how much I appreciate you being patient with my daughter Bayla. The excitement of meeting you was more than she could handle. You made her sweet 16 birthday the most memorable birthday ever, thank you so much! by Nomi Rebecca

 

And he’s still at it . . . 

I โค @JohnnyGWeir by @littleshields

 

 


BONUS PIC

@JohnnyGWeir Believe? We do! Thank you for a great show!! by @IceDragon1969

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