It was safe skating on Monday night’s premiere of ABC’s “Skating With the Stars”, with no bloodshed or broken bones on the show that’s been dubbed “the Most Dangerous Competition on Live TV”.
“SWTS” featured 6 celebs ranging from a reality TV “Housewife” to a heavy metal lead singer. With an athlete, a soap star, a movie icon and a Disney star thrown into the mix, it was basically “Dancing With the Stars” on ice (with much better music, actually). It was time to kick some serious ice!
Host Vernon Kay and commentator, U.S. ice dancer Tanith Belbin were on hand to emcee the festivities, while judges Dick Button, Johnny Weir and choreographer Laurieann Gibson offered feedback and the all-important scores for technical merit and artistic impression.
The “Skating With the Stars” cast consists of:
“Real Housewives” star Bethenny Frankel and partner Ethan Burgess
Olympic skier Jonny Moseley- and partner Brooke Castille.
“All My Children “star Rebecca Budig and partner Fred Palascak
Disney star Brandon Mychal Smith and partner Keauna McLaughlin
Movie star Sean Young and partner Denis Petukov
Motley Crue front man Vince Neil and partner Jennifer Wester
As for the skating performances, let’s just say they weren’t awful. 90 second routines set to some rocking music and no slips or falls to be had.
Shockingly, rocker Vince Neil has some prior experience, winning a skating competition as a kid-37 years ago. And Rebecca Budig also skated as a child.
The judges offered constructive comments and criticism (Judge Laurieann GIbson gushed over being in the presence of “Bladerunner’ star Sean Young, raving over her lavender outfit while giving virtually no feedback on Young’s actual skating).
But it was week 1, so it seems as though everyone was still settling into their roles. Dick Button told new mama Bethenny Frankel, “You are one skinny babe”, with Johnny Weir agreed, telling Frankel her body is “sick”. Yeah, there were no Len Goodman’s at this judges’ table.
And now on to the scores.
“Skating With the Stars” Week 1 Leaderboard:
Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak
TECHNICAL MERIT: 21/30
Jonny Moseley and Brooke Castille
Brandon Mychal Smith and Keauna McLaughlin
ARTISTIC IMPRESSION: 20/20
Sean Young and Denis Petukov
Bethenny Frankel and Ethan Burgess
Vince Neil and Jennifer Wester
TECHNICAL MERIT: 14/30
Next week it’s the first “SWTS” live elimination. You can catch the first results episode of “Skating with the Stars” live on November 29th at 8:00 p.m. on ABC
Skating With the Stars, November 22, 2010 ABC TV