Skating With The Stars premieres tonight at 9:11 pm ET on ABC, immediately following finals night of Dancing With The Stars. And while the latter show has enjoyed tremendous popularity and record-setting viewership for the past eleven seasons (DWTS began in 2005), ABC may want to think twice if they’re banking on Skating With The Stars to segue into the same successful fashion and bring in the bucks.
Granted, both shows seem to have the delightful characteristics that draw mass attention: stars, professional dancers/skaters, beautiful costumes, great music, and the thrill of competition. Yet when Fox tried to replicate the same ‘Dancing’ success in 2006 with their version of ‘Skating With Celebrities’ the ice shattered and the show was not continued for another season.
Of course, only time will tell about the fate of Skating With The Stars. ABC is smart to have it follow the finals of DWTS as likely most of Dancing’s viewers and fans will stay tuned to see the similar show that takes place on ice instead of hardwood.
In Skating, six celebrities will be paired with a professional ice skating partner and all will compete live in front of a panel of judges. Those judges, in turn, will rate the performances and then viewers are asked to call in or text votes for their favorite pair. Season One will run for six episodes.
The six celebrities and their professional partners are as follows:
Betheny Frankel (Real Housewives Reality Star), paired with Benjamin Okolski
Vince Neil (Lead of Motley Crue), paired with Jennifer Wester
Rebecca Budig (Actress All My Children) paired with Fred Palascak
Brandon Mychal Smith (Disney Star) paired with Keauna McLaughlin
Sean Young (Actress) paired with Daniil Barantsev
Jonny Moseley (Olympic Gold Medal Skier) paired with Brooke Castile
For a Slideshow of the Celebrities of Skating With The Stars, click here.