Even though it was the GrandSlam leg with the lowest participation in recent times - only 47 couples in Standard and 53 in Latin - it was raking in impressive numbers in virtually all other areas.
The traffic to the "Live from Tallinn, EST" blog was decidedly higher than for the first GrandSlam in 2013. In excess of 20,000 unique visitors were recorded on Sunday 23 February alone.
When it comes to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total, the numbers are even more impressive: nearly 120,000 video views on a single day - on 23 February - establish a new benchmark for GrandSlam coverage.
Between all of you - the couples dancing in Tallinn, the followers of our blog and the viewers on our YouTube channel - you made this happen ... Thanks!
Even if this blog will get archived soon, it will remain active for several more days. All videos will eventually get posted here too (once they're labelled).
The story of the two GrandSlam events here in Tallinn, EST, is far from being told. On the one hand there are in excess of 100 videos already online. Even if some of them are not yet properlery labelled and posted on this blog, they are available for viewing from the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total ("Recent Videos").
There are some videos still to get uploaded, among them the Standard and Latin semi-final reels. And there are two television highlights in the pipelines. They will cover the finals with a multi-camera production and will shortly be available for broadcasting in different countries around the world.
There is much to be done over the coming days. One is doing whatever it is our programmers do to their codes so that the full results of the two Tallinn GrandSlams will be online ASAP.
Hundreds of photographs by Helmut Roland and our correspondents have been/will be added to the media gallery of this website. Stay tuned! Work is in progress ...
On Saturday we wondered ahead of the GrandSlam Standard here in Tallinn, "Where are Emanuel and Tania?" Now we know exactly where they were.
Tania Kehlet and Emanuel Valeri topped golfers and footballers in a vote for the "Best Sporting Performance of 2013" award. Obviously they had to stay back in Denmark to pick it up! Well done!
The award was presented in an Oscar-like "And the winner is ..." show on Danish TV.
Once you are a high-profile athlete, you will have to bear all the consequences. At six a.m. this morning, Tania and Emanuel had a very special wake-up call from the Danish anti-doping authorities.
"Anti-doping test at 6 a.m. - the backside of the coin," the couple posted on its facebook page just now.
Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA, dance the Paso Doble in the final of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.
Nino and Khrystyna scored 39.86 on their Paso Doble. "This was the best Paso Doble I have danced in my life," Nino claims. 11 out of the 12 Adjudicators awarded it with a perfect 10.00.Some of the other videos were uploaded to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total tonight. Look under "Recent Videos" ... More will follow tomorrow!
214 Aniello Langella / Khrystyna Moshenska Italy 1. 198,429
241 Gabriele Goffredo / Anna Matus Moldova 2. 190,058
206 Armen Tsaturyan / Svetlana Gudyno Russian Federation 3. 185,013
217 Andrey Kiselev / Anastasia Balaeva Russian Federation 4. 183,014
373 Marius-Andrei Balan / Nina Bezzubova Germany 5. 180,227
240 Charles-Guillaume Schmitt / Elena Salikhova France 6. 179,701
215 Yury Simachev / Anastasia Klokotova Russian Federation 7. 181,028
228 Umberto Gaudino / Louise Heise Denmark 8. 175,401
245 Pavel Pasechnik / Marta Arndt Germany 9. 172,557
205 Vincenzo Mariniello / Sara Casini Italy 10. 169,857
233 Marts Smolko / Viktorija Puhovika Latvia 11. 169,657
235 Miha Vodicar / Nadiya Bychkova Slovenia 12. 168,743
211 Roman Gerbey / Vera Bondareva Ukraine 13. 168,686
243 Konstantin Gorodilov / Dominika Bermannova Estonia 14. 166,772
225 Anton Semenov / Svetlana Sovetchenko Slovenia 15. 165,058
216 Alexandr Shmonin / Maria Kolmakova Russian Federation 16. 164,417
226 Kristijan Burazer / Martina Plohl Slovenia 17. 163,544
381 Joonas Piippola / Tiina Koskenvalta Finland 18. 161,858
254 Juri Kagan / Anastasia Selivanova Estonia 19. 161,56
223 Anton Aldaev / Natalia Polukhina Russian Federation 20. 160,288
374 Evgeny Vinokurov / Christina Luft Germany 21. 159,814
377 Vladislav Inostrantsev / Victoria Kharchenko Estonia 22. 159,699
237 Jaak Vainomaa / Taina Savikurki Finland 23. 158,928
208 Filip Karasek / Sabina Karaskova Czech Republic 24. 157,43
Unfortunately and for reasons beyond our control we cannot provide you with the full results for the quarterfinal, semi-final and final round until later this week. Sorry!
The standing for 25th through 59th can be accessed here.
Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS
Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA
Andrey Kiselev - Anastasia Balaeva, RUS
Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova, FRA
Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus, MDA
Marius-Andrei Balan - Nina Bezzubova, GER
Some of the videos of semi-final and final will get uploaded to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total later tonight. Look under "Recent Videos" ... The others tomorrow!
Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA, dance the Jive in round 3 of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.
With the first round and the redance completed, it is down to the top 48 couples to slug it out at the Audentese Sports Hall.
In the second round, the star couples are joining in the action - and the adjudicating is done on the basis of comparison. 24 will then move on to the quarterfinal where they are assessed with Judging System 2.1.
Over the coming days we will inform at length about the improvements made to version 2.0.
Starting with round two the members of the WDSF Communications team will need to prepare for tonight's broadcast. Posting here will be light over the next few hours, but videos will get uploaded to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total ("Recent Videos".
Victor Burchuladze - Katerina Kalish, RUS, dance the Cha Cha Cha in round 1 of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.
Artem Semerenko - Maria Kamenskaya, RUS, dance the Samba in round 1 of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.
Yury Simachev - Anastasia Klokotova, RUS, dance the Samba in round 1 of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.
Pavel Pasechnik - Marta Arndt, GER, dance the Samba in round 1 of the 2014 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Tallinn, EST, on 23 February.