2014 Rostelecom Cup: time of glitter and lights, time of Gala

They all look different in a Gala, that’s for sure: happy, free, relaxed; and showing their true colors to the public. Have you watched Misha Ge’s energetic, enthusiastic routine in Moscow? A true feast for the eyes (and ears). And what about Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland’s spectacular performance to a Michael Jackson medley? I’m thrilled they’ve decided to turn their free dance from last season into a gala routine. Not to mention the intriguing, daring skate of Anna Pogorilaya to Conchita Wurst’s “Rise like a Phoenix”, the winning song at this year’s edition of the Eurovision contest. Here they are, a few glimpses of Rostelecom Gala. Enjoy.

Jason Brown during his exhibition program in Moscow, to Rednex' "Cotton-Eye Joe"

Jason Brown during his exhibition program in Moscow, to Rednex’ “Cotton-Eye Joe”

So Youn Park and her dreamy performance to "I dreamed a dream" by Glee Cast

So Youn Park and her dreamy performance to “I dreamed a dream” by Glee Cast

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, skating to "I surrender" by Celine Dion

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, skating to “I surrender” by Celine Dion

Girl power in Moscow

Girl power in Moscow

Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu during their exhibition program in Luzhniki arena, skated to "All of me"

Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu during their exhibition program in Luzhniki arena, skated to “All of me”

Mirai Nagasu and her performance in the Gala, to "Demons" by Sam Tsui

Mirai Nagasu and her performance in the Gala, to “Demons” by Sam Tsui

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov - and their first exhibition program as an ice dance team (skating to Chopin's Andante)

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov – and their first exhibition program as an ice dance team (skating to Chopin’s Andante)

The one and only, Misha Ge, skating to "Let's get freak out" by Lil John

The one and only, Misha Ge, skating to “Let’s get freak out” by Lil John

A happy, smiling Alaine Chartrand in Moscow, skating to "Funky Town" by Lipp Sync

A happy, smiling Alaine Chartrand in Moscow, skating to “Funky Town” by Lipp Sync

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland - and their wonderful MJ dance turned into a Gala routine

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland – and their wonderful MJ dance turned into a Gala routine

A classy, elegant Michal Brezina in Moscow, skating to "Wonder Wall" by Paul Anka

A classy, elegant Michal Brezina in Moscow, skating to “Wonder Wall” by Paul Anka

Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov, skating to "Yunona and Avos" by A. Rybnikov

Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov, skating to “Yunona and Avos” by A. Rybnikov

Rise like a Phoenix: two different faces of Anna Pogorilaya

Rise like a Phoenix: two different faces of Anna Pogorilaya

Anna's exhibition program was definitely one of the highlights of the afternoon

Anna’s exhibition program was definitely one of the highlights of the afternoon

"Love like a dream" by Alla Pugatcheva, skated by Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin in the Gala

“Love like a dream” by Alla Pugatcheva, skated by Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin in the Gala

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov: for the Rostelecom Gala they chose to skate to "I guess I loved you" by Lara Fabian

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov: for the Rostelecom Gala they chose to skate to “I guess I loved you” by Lara Fabian

Sergei Voronov skating to "Fastidious Horses" by Vladimir Vysotski

Sergei Voronov skating to “Fastidious Horses” by Vladimir Vysotski

A girl with a fan: Rika Hongo skating to "Don Quixote" (encore: "Carmen")

A girl with a fan: Rika Hongo skating to “Don Quixote” (encore: “Carmen”)

Madison Chock and Evan Bates - and their exhibition program in Moscow, to "Interrupted Flight" (encore: "An American in Paris")

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – and their exhibition program in Moscow, to “Interrupted Flight” (encore: “An American in Paris”)

"When I was your man" - the musical choice of Javier Fernandez for his Gala program (encore: "Black Betty")

“When I was your man” – the musical choice of Javier Fernandez for his Gala program (encore: “Black Betty”)

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, skating to "Just don't run" (encore: "Notre Dame de Paris")

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, skating to “Just don’t run” (encore: “Notre Dame de Paris”)