Am I the only one who thought the premiere of “Skating with the Stars” was as interesting as watching paint dry? I fell asleep halfway through the show.
I was originally excited about watching the premiere. I have always loved ice skating. I think it has a kind of “dance” quality about it. Plus, one of my favorite daytime performers was part of the cast; “All My Children’s Rebecca Budig.
However, as soon as the new host began walking from the dancing studio to the new skating studio my interest began to flag. There was something just a bit too cheesy about that opening for me. I wanted the class and pizzazz of “Dancing with the Stars.” That didn’t happen although the studio itself did look impressive.
I also had questions about the chosen host, Vernon Kay. He was handsome enough and amiable enough but he kept making comments that just didn’t fit the situation and were sometimes inappropriate. He turned me off almost immediately.
Then there was the female commentator, Tanith Belbin. She appeared to be there more for window dressing more than anything else. Maybe she just hasn’t hit her groove yet.
There was also a little problem with the judges. It wasn’t with the quality of the judges, mind you, or what they had to say; just their ability to say it in a manner the audience could understand.
Dick Button, who I have admired for over 30 years, seemed distracted and a bit lost. A time or two he clearly had to be cued to show his judging scores.
I wasn’t familiar with Laurieann Gibson, so I didn’t always understand where she was coming from. But she appeared to have a clear picture of what she wanted. She just needs to translate that to the rest of us so we’ll understand.
Johnny Weir, on the other hand, had his finger on the pulse of what skating is all about and I predict he’ll be the judge to watch. He was certainly fun to watch on the ice in his highlighted performance.
I also thought the pros, while good, lacked something. They didn’t have the vibrancy of the pros chosen for DWTS. I tuned out of their highlighted performance, opting for snacks instead.
There was a good mix of celebrity contestants. I’ll give the show that. It was inspired to go after Sean Young and Vince Neil. Bethany Frankel, of course, should bring in the reality crowd. She has a kind of strange cult following.
I think the stars I saw, Brandon Mychal Smith, Sean Young, Johnny Moseley and Rebecca Budig all did very well. I just wasn’t interested enough to keep watching; hence the urge to sleep instead.
If the first performance is any indication, Rebecca may lock up this title before we’re halfway through the season (which is only six weeks, by the way). Her closest competitor is probably Johnny Moseley but as we all know, all of that can change in a heartbeat.
I haven’t decided if I will tune back in next week. I hate letting Rebecca down but I’d also hate to fall asleep in the middle of the show again.
Maybe I’m just too old or they’re just too young. Whatever the reason, this old geezer simply wasn’t impressed. Besides who cares? We’ve got the Bristol the Pistol controversy still railing despite ABC’s attempt to squelch the matter.
Maybe I just need to find a new channel to watch. Sy Fy, I’m coming home!