There are certain life choices you can’t make without Twitter erupting into feverish debate, and as it turns out, figure skating to a jazz version of “Wonderwall” at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics is one of them.
Children of the ’90s reacted with delight and bewilderment on Thursday, February 15th, when German figure skater Paul Fentz skated to a swing jazz cover of “Wonderwall” by Canadian American singer Paul Anka. (Delight because of the nostalgic song choice, bewilderment because few people had ever heard a jazz version of the original Oasis song before).
Fentz scored a 74.73 on his routine, which put him in 9th place before Adam Rippon and Nathan Chen performed. It was a stronger performance than his previous skate and earned him nearly ten more points.
But skating aside, it was Fentz’s bold song choice that struck a chord in ’90s hearts on Twitter — and “Wonderwall” began trending on the platform before he even finished his routine.
Some people were outright flummoxed by the music, or thought the cover was destroying a classic.
Figure skating to a big band version of “Wonderwall” is ... a choice.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) February 16, 2018
Me: (gets on Twitter)— Kat Pointing at the WrestleMania Sign (@KattyCorner) February 9, 2018
Twitter: JAZZ COVER OF WONDERWALL
Me: (leaves Twitter)
Others were unapologetic fans, and are probably adding the cover to their Spotify “Sunday afternoons” playlists right now.
Play this version of Wonderwall in the lobby of my funeral.— Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) February 9, 2018
you: there's no reason to watch the Olympics before the opening ceremony— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 9, 2018
me, an intellectual: a German man wearing suspenders skated to a swing jazz cover of Wonderwall
This isn’t the first time a figure skating routine has gone viral due to song choice this year. 2018 marks the first year that Olympic figure skaters can compete to songs with words in them, and Mae-Berenice Meite’s epic Beyoncé mashup and skating pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s romantic Moulin Rouge! routine have caught the public’s attention as well.
…Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall.”