'Skating With The Stars' Recap — No Real Stars, Not Much Skating!

Mon, November 22, 2010 11:19pm EDT by 16 Comments

At a time when every star of diminishing fame would do anything for attention, it should really say a lot that ‘Skating With the Stars’ could only find six contestants, and one would be hard pressed to find anyone who could identify even half of them.

Jonny Moseley is a very impressive skater, and skier too being a gold medal Olympian. It is wonderful to see Laurieann Gibson, she of Making the Band fame, back on television. Johnny Weir did a great job skating to “Poker Face” for the hundredth time in front of a national audience. These are almost certainly the only three positive things one could say about the never ending premiere of Skating With the Stars.

Skating is incredibly hard, it makes the Dancing With the Stars contestants look like wimps, so Sean Young, Vince Neil, Brandon Mychal SmithBethenny FrankelRebecca Budig, and Jonny should most certainly be applauded. That being said, are they gaining anything from this?

Let’s break down tonight’s episode.

The Skating performance rink is eerily similar to the plastic kiddie pool I swam in as a child in the city, only frozen over, and the scoring makes little to no sense at all. Brandon, the first to skate, seemed to do a pretty decent job, yet ultimately earned the same score as most of his clunky cast mates.

The big draw was clearly Bethenny (really America), and so she was entrusted with the final skating spot. Making this harder was the fact that, at almost two hours, this show dragged on and on. And on and on and on.

While Bethenny may have surely won first place in a Gilda Radner look-alike competition with her, um, look, skating is clearly not this mogul’s thing. Also, was Kate Gosselin cheering her on in the stands?

Jonny was clearly the best of the group and there seems to be a clear disadvantage in the skills male skaters are forced to have as opposed to the females. I am fairly certain most of the male pros simply carried their female “celebs” throughout their routines.

Then there was Vince on skates and Sean acting as delightfully crazy as ever, but is there really any reason to continue supporting these shows? If we keep it up, Biathloning With the Stars is surely next. And no one wants to see Ramona Singer cross-country skiing with a gun.

-Chris Spargo

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Sylvia Mckinley

Posted at 1:30 AM on November 30, 2010  

SWTS SUCKS SO BAD!!!!! I’m sorry but I will not be watching this anymore. I can’t stand it. It is cheesiness at it’s best!
I really wish Bethenny who I am a fan of had opt out on this gig!! Oh well so much for this train wreck!!

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Barbara

Posted at 1:11 PM on November 24, 2010  

I watched it for about 20 minutes, then shut the TV off because I couldn’t take it any more. This is the lamest reality show I have ever seen. Boring, boring, boring.

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ann

Posted at 7:19 PM on November 23, 2010  

@AuntlnAZ: Take some meds, your out numbered.

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alexa

Posted at 6:59 PM on November 23, 2010  

Once I heard Kate Gosselin’s involvement with this show, forget it! She should be home, taking care of her bratty kids, that got expelled. I will boycott anything with her in it.

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anon

Posted at 6:07 PM on November 23, 2010  

Found the show very boring. I yawned through most of it and when I saw Kate Gosselin’s big ugly fake smile, I turned the t.v. off. Any show with her on it I will not watch. She is so phony, she makes me want to throw up. Why isn’t she home taking care of her disfunctional kids? Oh ya, then she wouldn’t have money for her new pair of shoes.

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dessertgirl

Posted at 2:29 PM on November 23, 2010  

I have never heard of even one of the “professional” skaters and I am/was a skating junkie. The new crop of young skaters is terrible. There are no possible Michelle Kwan’s in the group.

I will not be watching SWTS, most particularly because Kate Gosselin will be commentating and and I won’t watch any program with Kate G.

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Posted at 9:35 AM on November 23, 2010  

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JR

Posted at 7:28 AM on November 23, 2010  

Oops… I meant to say, dragging out a competition of only 6 contestants past an hour should never happen. In a REAL skating competition, 6 skaters compete in an hour, and their programs are 4.5 minutes long, never mind 2 minutes like what was on this show.

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JR

Posted at 7:24 AM on November 23, 2010  

Here’s an idea… If people want to watch pair skating that features only talented people, watch an actual SKATING COMPETITION. They are often on NBC. Tune in.

We don’t need to see “stars”, who have no clue, trying to learn how to do interesting skating moves in 5 weeks, because it’s not possible! And the sad thing is that they are probably working real hard and learning great beginner moves, but it’s just not at the level of skating that makes it on TV. Plus, dragging out a competition of 5 or 6 contestants should never be stretched out longer than an hour.

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KBKBKB

Posted at 1:41 AM on November 23, 2010  

This show is an all-around TRAIN WRECK. Horrible. Taking the popularity of Dancing With The Stars and extending it to this format is just too much. It doesn’t know what it wants to be. They take D-list celebrities, have them skate for 45-seconds, and submit them to serious over-the-top judging. It’s probably the worst of the worst shows I have seen in recent memory. The host is horrendous – I guess they think they can just plug in anybody with a British accent to lend credibility. Johnny Weir’s “special performance” almost had me throwing up. I hope to God this is cancelled before it goes much further.

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Marvin8

Posted at 12:00 AM on November 23, 2010  

I could only take 45 minutes (wanted to see what Sean Young looked like) of this show before turning it off. It’s probably the worst show I’ve seen in the last 5 years. I mean ATROCIOUS….as in the producer should be shot.

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marie

Posted at 11:52 PM on November 22, 2010  

The orginal version of this show, Battle of the Blades, from Canada is much more credible. It pairs former pro NHL player with pro figure skaters. The hockey players actuallly have real skating ability but are challenged by the more choreographed dance moves. Great blend of laughs and actual talent.

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Lavery

Posted at 7:42 PM on November 24, 2010  

Marie…I agree with you 100%, that is entertaining to watch

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lou

Posted at 11:42 PM on November 22, 2010  

I enjoyed Skating with the Stars.

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AuntInAZ

Posted at 11:33 PM on November 22, 2010  

Did someone FORCE anyone to watch this show? No! So don’t watch it again and shut up so the rest of us can enjoy it.

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K

Posted at 11:25 PM on November 22, 2010  

Dear freaking lawd. Is this for real?!?!?! -_-

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