I think he found the middle road by creating BTS and giving the members so much freedom to put their own meaning into their music along with keeping an eye on what’s popular. And why would it be wrong to have a catchy hook song? Music doesn’t always have to have a deeper meaning, as long as it’s making you feel something. A bass line and synth strings can often evoke more emotions in me than some boring slow song with ‘intellectual’ lyrics. (I actually felt insulted by the Eurovision winner with his ‘it’s time for real music’ speech. Fuck off. Any music is real when I feel it’s real to me.)
No-commentary video of SP above; post-SP interview with Eng subs below.
No-commentary video of Free Skate:
Japanese commentary (parts of FP) + interview with Eng subs:
Thanks to 6277 for the subbed videos with proper credit to Sophie Moroi for her translation, and with her permission too. (I saw videos in Youtube that used Sophie’s translation with no permission, and even worse, with no credit to her whatsoever!)
And I love no-commentary videos… thanks to siberia1982 for the SP and FP ones!
Victory Ceremony: I was watching the competition on live stream and praying so hard during ‘Hope&Legacy’. When he finished his perfect FP, tears just streamed down my face. YOU DID IT, YUZU!!!! Then, after the last skater’s turn, when it was confirmed that Yuzu got the gold, I started crying again. And I could not stop crying throughout the medal ceremony! I was watching it on live stream and I kept wiping my eyes so that I could see clearly! Ahhhhhh……… finally, through all those ups and downs of the past 2+ years, through all the pain and heartache, finally!!! he got the reward that he worked so hard for. You really deserve that gold medal and all the happiness in the world, Yuzuru!!!
Gala exhibition, the beautiful Swan Prince in ‘Notte Stellata’:
(much thanks to respective video uploaders)
What a privilege to know you and to be your fan. Thank you, Yuzu, and CONGRATS!!!!