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Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen last night’s Skating With the Stars, do not click here! Otherwise, glide on over to the jump, where you can see who picked up the trophy. All My Children’s Rebecca Budig and her partner Fred Palascak won the inaugural season of Skating With the Stars, edging out Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of New York and her partner Ethan Burgess. The winners of the Golden Skates trophy were perfect in the judges’ eyes, receiving six perfect-10s in technical score and artistic impression for their performance to Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘N Cold. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Skating with the Stars carried the hopes of ABC for the period between the fall and midseason season of Dancing with the Stars. This proposition went obviously wrong. From the beginning, the competition show was skating on thin ice. Although Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak won the golden skates, there were actually no real winners on this show.
The first and certainly only season finale of Skating with the Stars generated 3.42 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/3 share among adults 18-49. Compared to yesterday, this was an increase of 60 percent in adults 18-49 but deficient in strength to at least reach mediocrity. Repeats of No Ordinary Family (3.14 million viewers; A18-49: 0.8/2) and Detroit 1-8-7 (4.59 million viewers; A18-49: 0.9/3) capped off the evening for ABC.
Tuesday victory in total viewers went to CBS with its repeat combination of NCIS (12.32 million viewers; A18-49: 2.2/7), NCIS: Los Angeles (11.31 million viewers; A »
- Rainer Idesheim
Who was the best ice queen of them all? It turned out to be All My Children actress Rebecca Budig, who outskated Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel on Tuesday night to be crowned the winner of ABC's inaugural Skating with the Stars season. Budig, the front-runner all season long - she notched the season's only perfect score of 60 - was stunned to be named the winner, and credited her partner, the skating pro Fred Palascak. "I'm just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher," she said. Meanwhile, Frankel, 40, who skated with Ethan Burgess, »
- Tim Nudd
Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak have been crowned the first ever champions of ABC's Skating With The Stars. The pair beat runners-up Bethenny Frankel and Ethan Burgess by receiving the highest combined score of judges' and viewers' votes. "I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher. I've said it a hundred times, but honestly, I owe it all to him," Rebecca said after her win. "This is such a shock! I can't believe it." Tonight's finale included performances from each of the previously eliminated contestants as well as one last performance from both finalists as they attempted to impress the judges. Here's what the judges said about the contestants' final performances:
- By Jennifer Still
It's remarkable how long 5 weeks can feel.
It's only slightly surprising, given her domination of the competition and perfect score for her last routine, but Jonny Moseley's elimination on the eve of the finale did seem to turn the tide in runner-up Bethenny Frankel's favor.
Budig shares her handsome silver-covered skate trophy and partner Fred Palascak.
So did the right woman win? Did you even watch? And if not, why are you reading this? »
Give or take a mystery illness and a bloody injury or two, Skating WIth the Stars has kinda fallen through the cracks. But despite a pretty icy reception from TV audiences, Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel and All My Children hottie Rebecca Budig twirled into Tuesday's finale with something to prove and one shared goal: Elate Dick Buttons. And skate the routine of their lives, of course. Well, there were no falls, flubs or nervous freakouts this time as Rebecca and pro partner Fred Palascak were named the first-ever (and perhaps only) winners of Skating With the Stars . "I'm shocked, really I am!," exclaimed Rebecca. "Bethenny and I were talking about »
Something surprising finally happened on "Skating With the Stars" -- and it wasn't just the fact that this apparently isn't the last episode.
That's right. The "Swts" finale is a two-nighter, and one of the competition's early favorites won't be in attendance "Who?" you ask. Well, you can plainly see in the headline, but let's just run through the penultimate routines in the spirit of protocol.
The Group Dance:
Somehow amateurish figure skating is infinitely more digestible when it's set to Christmas music, but isn't everything? The three finalists spinning in circles to "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was sweet -- but it didn't rock the score boat. Rebecca distinguished herself from runner-up Jonny Moseley, who was just marginally better than Bethenny Frankel.
Though we'd object that it was a tad too schmaltzy, Budig's free-skate was an appropriate culmination of her incredible 10-week progress. »
The tension and awkwardness is mounting over at "Skating With the Stars," with last week's absentee competitor officially succumbing to illness and a beloved underdog really butting heads with the apparently irritable Johnny Weir.
But that's what you wanted, isn't it, America -- some drama chilled to 32 degrees Fahrenheit?*
We barely even know how to write about this show anymore, it's gone so far off the tracks, but we're obviously still willing to try. So let's just plow through this sucker, chronological-like:
The Brandon Mychal Smith situation
After bailing on last week's episode with some undiagnosed illness that resulted in pixelated vomit, Smith was a no-go for a second week in a row, gracefully bowing out of the competition. He must feel awful, though, because he couldn't even stand up during the announcement -- not to mention the fact that "Swts" is certainly a better platform for him than the »
Week 2 taught us that celebrity carnage didn't bring us the happiness we expected, but Week 3 reveals that it certainly makes for compelling TV.
We're already at the halfway mark on "Skating With the Stars," and it's clearly taking its toll on the cast.
ABC made us sweat out the episode to see if Smith would make it back in time to perform (he didn't), while Castile, in a show of super trooper-dom, skated with her hand in a brace.
So what do we with our stars in stitches and slings? Make 'em jump! The Week 3 challenge requires a leap from the ice and a one-foot landing. Let's see who was up to the task.
We'd been waiting and waiting for the carnage to begin on "Skating With the Stars," and when it finally did... it left us feeling empty inside.
So what did we learn this week aside from the fact that we just might have a soul? Well, for one, this show is markedly more entertaining now that they've ripped off the broadcast band-aid. Once it became clear that collective skepticism couldn't cause the studio to burst into flames, everyone seemed a lot more comfortable the second time around -- including Mr. Dick Button, whose mixed metaphors make us wish we could adopt him from the grandpa orphanage.
Oh, and the skating was better and more difficult. This week's »
"No... no, no."
Zap2it caught up with Budig and partner Fred Palascak at the series premiere, and the happy couple explained that things weren't actually going so well heading into the first broadcast.
"We've had a lot of not good rehearsals," says Palascak, who admits things didn't really click until that evening.
And it's not for a lack of trying. The two have been rehearsing daily, before, after and sometimes even during Budig's 12-hour shift at "AMC." Some days Budig even goes into work, gets her hair and makeup done and heads to the rink for an hour's worth of practice before heading back to film her scenes.
"I've got to cram it all in," she says. "I get energy when I come to the rink. I'm really excited to be doing this, »
I discovered one thing while watching ABC's Skating with the Stars last night. The sound I kept hearing was not metal scraping ice, it was reality TV scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Actually, that may be a bit unfair. Skating is really no worse than the show that preceded it, but this whole " ______ with the Stars" genre needs to be nipped in the bud.
At the very least, they need to look outside these boring challenges, and offer up something unexpected. For instance, Red Light/Green Light with the Stars, or Chainsaw Juggling with the Stars.
As for Skating, it was pretty much what it was expected to be, a low-rent copy of Dancing with the Stars, with one notable exception.
The fabulous judge Johnny Weir.
Johnny was one of three judges tasked with doling out seemingly random scores to six minor celebrities and their professional skating partners. He »
Much like that Daniel Day-Lewis movie about oil prospecting and milkshakes, it looks like we're going to have to wait a bit for the blood we've been promised.
Sure, ABC may not be plugging "Skating With the Stars" as a dystopian battle to the death were celebrities are forced to dance on knives over unforgiving ice... but that's sort of why you're tuning in, right?
Yes, it's our morbid curiosity about what might go wrong that draws us to "Swts." Though, after the premiere, it looks as though we'll also have some rather exciting performances to look forward to -- while we wait for carnage.
So what do we have to say of this first taste of skating? Let's break it down couple by semi-recognizable couple:
Brandon Mychal Smith and Keauna McLaughlin (36, out of 60)
What do they put in the water over at the Disney Channel? Their lesser known male »
It's not just because she snagged the night's highest score, 45 out of a possible 60. It was the fact that she looked far more comfortable on the ice than any of her fellow competitors. Her rehearsal package made mention of her skating (though not competitively, apparently) as a kid, and where several of the other celebs seemed apprehensive about strapping on skates, she was more excited to start working with her partner, Fred Palascak.
The proof came in her performance. Take a look:
What did you think of the "Skating" premiere? Who has the goods to win it?
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Here's the cold, hard fact about Skating with the Stars' Rebecca Budig: She skated as a kid, but she assures you that gives her no advantage. Why? "We all have to be able to skate somewhat!" she tells TVGuide.com. "I can't even imagine if [I didn't know how to skate and] had to learn from scratch. It'd be even harder." Learning toe loops and salchows isn't the only difficult aspect of the upcoming ABC show for the actress, who's partnered with pairs specialist Fred Palascak — Budig plans to continue working on All My Children during her run on Skating. Find out how she's juggling acting and skating, who she thinks her biggest competition is, and why she wants to make her sister jealous.
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- Joyce Eng
"Skating With the Stars" premieres on Nov. 22, and though ABC is keeping mum about the judges' panel, they've revealed 8 key players in the upcoming freshman season.
Team USA's all-time winningest ice dancer, Tanith Belbin, brings her expertise as color commentator, and British TV personality Vernon Kay will host. (For those not familiar with Kay, he's basically the male version of Cat Deeley).
As for the six professional skaters who've already been training with their celebrity partners, here they are:
Brooke Castile and Jonny Moseley: Castile took home the U.S. pairs title in 2007.
Keauna McLaughlin and Brandon Mychal Smith: McLaughlin won the same medals as Burgess, as the two used to be partners. She now competes, »
ABC has revealed the identities of the hosts and professional skaters for its upcoming Dancing with the Stars spin-off Skating with the Stars, and they're even less famous than the six non-star stars who will be competing. Here are the pairings, according to ABC: "Bethenny Frankel & Ethan Burgess, Brandon Mychal Smith & Keauna McLaughlin, Jonny Moseley & Brooke Castile, Rebecca Budig & Fred Palascak, Sean Young & Denis Petukhov and Vince Neil & Jennifer »
- Andy Dehnart
Rebecca Budig will know soon whether she's on thin ice.
The longtime cast member of the ABC weekday serial "All My Children" skated regularly as a child, but that was only partial preparation for her to be one of the first celebrities on the rink for "Skating With the Stars," ABC's new "Dancing With the Stars" spinoff that premieres Monday, Nov. 22.
"I don't feel any added pressure," Budig tells Zap2it about being one of the inaugural "Skating" stars. "Maybe I will when Nov. 22 rolls around, but not right now. They came to me about 'Dancing With the Stars' several times, but the timing was always wrong.
"Don't get me wrong, I love to dance," Budig adds, "but I am passionate about ice skating. My sister and I skated together growing up, and we'd always watch it on TV. And she is so jealous of me right now! »
Emily Atack has insisted that she didn't "attack a taxi" after last night's episode of Dancing On Ice. The Inbetweeners actress, 20, and her professional partner Fred Palascak were voted off the ITV1 programme last night. However, the TV star claimed that pictures of her hitting a car outside the show's studios had been misinterpreted by the press. "I just got a phonecall this morning, saying did you attack a taxi last night," she told This Morning. (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Emily Atack has become the eighth celebrity to be voted off this series of Dancing On Ice. The Inbetweeners star and her professional partner Fred Palascak found themselves in the skate-off alongside Danniella Westbrook and Matthew Gonzales after the judges' scores and viewers' votes had been added together. Both couples then had to repeat their routines in an attempt to persuade judges Karen Barber, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner, Emma Bunton and Robin Cousins to keep them in the competition. A tearful Barber opted to save Westbrook, but Slater decided to keep Atack in the show. Gardiner, Bunton and Cousin (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
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