So my two cents from watching the show last night are as follows:
Crown made a lot of visual body movement/dance changes throughout the show. I think these are great and are 100% necessary if you want to compete with the big boys, so this is positive in my view. However, they are still not clean which leaves a huge opportunity to score some additional points. But cleaning alone will move them lower in the standings if they take the approach that it will solve all their issues.
The ballad, while loved by some, felt very odd to me musically with the new changes. I guess I was expecting what I have been hearing, so I will need to hear it again, however the visuals added to the ballad really enhance it. I would love for the tail formation to be coming out of the beast (aka... totter) instead of facing the end zone as it currently is.
I like the changes to blow it up and start again with all the new guard members riding the totter. I would figure out more excitement for this moment as it could be even more engaging. Maybe lots of rifle tosses over the beast from behind it, instead of side to side. I know they have probably thought of this, but I could see them avoiding it for safety. I would totally take the risk as I deem the reward high, however they would need to make sure no one accidentally gets hit.
They must figure out how to use the totter more in the show. The biggest opportunity they have in my opinion is to put it on wheels, so it can be moved around the field during the show a various times. Those wheels should be removable so during the blow it up and start again it’s stable. For example, if the totter was moving around somehow in the intro and especially the 2nd moment it could potentially add a ton of GE. They could also move it in and out of the drill at the end and spin it around with a new face on it.
At least 3 bigger color guard moments are needed. I have no clue what they would be, but the dragons flying around at the end are ineffective and could be introduced earlier in the show (i.e. the second movement as that part of the show is really dry).
If I was Crown design staff, I would heavily focus on adding GE to the show as it’s what is creating a huge gap between #1-3, and of course cleaning the heck out of visual/music.