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There are many things we'd like to say about Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz's use of a jazz/swing cover of Oasis' “Wonderwall” in his recent routine at the 2018 Winter Games… but we don't know how. Check it out below.
This month's Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are the first to allow single figure skaters to perform to music with lyrics, as noted by Deadspin. Of course, this has led to some pretty, uh, interesting song choices.
But perhaps none are more intriguing than Germany's Paul Fentz skating to a swingin' big band cover of the mid-'90s Oasis hit “Wonderwall,” a version by singer Paul Anka from his equally perplexing 2005 Rock Swings album. Twitter critics are divided on the cover tune's Olympic application, as covered by the NME. See some of the responses here:
Someone at the Olympics is skating to a Harry Connick-like version of Wonderwall and even if you hate Oasis this is a crime.
— Sigh Hersh (@Ugarles) February 9, 2018
an idiot: i want some instrumental music for my skate routine
this genius: get me A JAZZ WONDERWALL COVER
— curling. (@EpicK8lin) February 9, 2018
So far in these Olympic Games, both a jazz rendition of “wonderwall” and a male cover of “1,000 years” have been played…clearly the motto is “bold moves only” in pyeong chang
— Claire Kudika (@clurkudi) February 9, 2018
Play this version of Wonderwall in the lobby of my funeral.
— Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) February 9, 2018
IM HAVIG AN ANEURYSM WHY WOULD THEY USE A JAZZ COVER OF WONDERWALL pic.twitter.com/uKNGifn7RS
— jackie (@emptycIub) February 9, 2018
Fentz fell twice during the run in the men's single short program team event, so maybe the fire in his heart is out? He did the jazz-ified “Wonderwall” thing before, at the European Championships, which you can watch below.
What's a wonderwall, anyway?
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