Saturday, October 16, 2010
If you are a figure skating fan and you like celebrity contests shows, you are in for a real treat this winter. Skating with the Stars, a new series similar to Dancing with the Stars is coming your way. ABC TVs Skating with the Stars will debut on November 22, 2010. If you are familiar with Dancing with the Stars you know the premise. Celebrities work with expert skaters, train and then perform for a special panel of judges, a live audience and TV viewers each week. Individuals are voted off based on judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. Lots of glitz, drama and human interest will no doubt make the show compelling TV viewing. It should also help boost interest in figure skating and ice dancing in the United States.
For many viewers, some of the fun on Dancing with the Stars is the initial drama that surrounds the announcement of just who will be competing. The Skating with the Stars celebrities will be announced on the Dancing with the Stars show of November 2, 2010.
Of great interest to figure skating enthusiasts will also be the expert skaters who have been tapped for the show and just what the skaters will be doing.
If you are wondering whether the show will succeed, essentially a British version of the show has been running in the U.K. as Dancing On Ice for five seasons. A 2006 U.S. show called Skating With Celebrities did not fare so well. Some critics suggested that the show did not succeed in large part because of the faulty elebrity-skater pairings and wide disparity of skill levels between the celebrities. Avoiding these glitches should be doable for the current show producers.
Skating With Celebrities was hosted by Olympic Gold Medalists swimmer Summer Sanders and Olympic Gold Medalist skater Scott Hamilton. Judges included Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill and others.
The 2010 U.K. Dancing on Ice show was aired earlier this year. Some of the U.K. show celebrities are also known in the U.S.—some are not. This year’s show featured:
Former Czech National Skating Champion, Pavel Aubrecht, paired with swimmer Sharron Davies. Sharron is a former swimming champion turned TV Gladiator "Amazon" and BBC TV swimming commentator.
Canadian professional skater, Brianne Delcourt paired with Kieron Richardson, actor.
U.S. professional skater Fred Palascak paired with actress, Emily Atack.
U.S. skating professional, Molly Moenkhoff paired with comedian and impressionist Bobby Davro.
U.S. skating professional Melanie Lambert paired up with singer Mikey Graham.
Finnish International skate star Alexandra Schauman paired up with TV Doctor, Hilary Jones.
Bulgarian Champion Maria Filippov paired with actor, Gary Lucy.
U.S. skating professional Matt Evers paired with Heather Mills.
Veteran of many ice shows, U.S. professional figure skater, Stuart Widdall paired with TV chief, Tana Ramsay. Tana is the wife of Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay.
British professional skater Susie Lipanova paired with Jeremy Sheffield an English actor and former professional ballet dancer.
Russian professional Andrei Lipanov paired with British singer, Sinitta.
U.S. professional skater Matthew Gonzalez paired with British soap opera star, Danniella Westbrook.
Professional British skater Frankie Poultney paired with British soap star heart throb Danny Young.
The 2010 contest was won by British figure skater Daniel Whiston and singer/actress and soap opera star Hayley Tamaddon.
Also of great interest will be the judges selected for the new show. Dancing on Ice judges include Robin Cousins (Olympic Gold Medalist), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Jason Gardiner (choreographer, regular on British This Morning TV show , Nicky Slater and Karen Barber (former Olympic pair skaters). As you might expect each judge takes on a certain role that seems to be standard fair for such shows.
More information on the British show, Dancing on Ice Here.
Shown above is Sporting Chance Press author and Ice Dancing champion, Nicolette House in one of her competitions demonstrating the kind of classic move that the celebrities may try to perform on the new show.