It's hard to watch Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ice dancing to "Moulin Rouge" without blushing. The dramatic routine drips sensuality in a way we're not used to seeing in the ice dancing category. The performance has so much sizzle that one of the more risqué lifts is being dropped when the couple performs this same routine during the Olympics.
Curious? The move being omitted from the program happens right around the 2:25 mark. The gravity-defying lift ends with Virtue straddling Moir's shoulders while the pair spin across the ice and Virtue cradles Moir's face. While some loved the graceful athleticism of the move, others found it to be suggestive.
This week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Moir shared the pair's reasons for changing the program with the Toronto Star. "What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn't aesthetically that beautiful of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better," he said.
Moir and Virtue first made headlines for this routine last month during the Canadian Skating Nationals 2018. Of the performance, Moir told the Toronto Sun, "I think edgy would probably summarise most of the program quite well and that's what we were going for." At that time the The Star reported that many in the Canadian press were "leery" of running photos of the move.