This first episode introduces the skaters. There's already a twist: the skaters will be surprised that two of them are going to be cut from the competition immediately. Each will have just 60 seconds on the ice to show their stuff in front of the judges. They'll have to show spins, footwork and jumps. In 60 seconds. No rehearsal, no practice, no second chances. Each skater skates, the judges give their critique after each skate, and at the end of the show, two skaters will be sent packing.
This episode has the skaters compete for fastest spin. We'll be using a custom rotational tachometer that's never been used before to precisely measure the speed of an ice skater's spin. There is a chance that one of them will earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. This episode also has the skaters performing on teams in an ensemble number -- swing chain, chorus line, synchronized skating, etc. The five men will be on one team and the five women on the other team. They'll have to skate together as a team, while still being in competition with one another. ...
The skaters won't believe this challenge: they'll be judged on one jump -- the nearly impossible reverse axel. Lots of falling and very clumsy landings. We expect that one or two skaters will be able to pull it off. The skaters who do the best will earn an advantage going into this next competition... The second big challenge is all about spins. Each skater's routine will show off their best, most creative, wild, contorted, elegant spin. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the spin routines.
In this episode, the skaters will be judged on how they skate in pairs, which most are just not trained to do. They will have rehearsal time the night before. The best pair will earn an advantage going into the second challenge... Each skater will perform an especially showy, dance number - Broadway, musicals, chorus lines, etc. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the showtime number.
Lots of bravura in this episode, with skaters showing off their most entertaining, fancy footwork. The best man and woman will earn an advantage going into the next challenge. The pressure's really on as each skater performs a routine with his or her biggest, finest, most crowd-pleasing jumps. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the jumps routine.
The two remaining competitors will skate three very showy, fast-paced, competitive challenges to determine the winner. It will feel a little like "anything you can do I can do better." By now, viewers will be strongly rooting for one or the other. All eliminated skaters return to rally round their former rivals. One skater, either the male or the female, will be named Skating's Next Star. Then, there will be a big all-skate finale with special effects.