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Skating with Celebrities: Part 3

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 31st 2006 10:15AM
Before we begin, I have a couple of notes about the contestants on this show:

Isn't it sad how the announcer refers to Dave Coulier as being from Full House? I guess it could be worse. He could say, "Dave Coulier, allegedly the subject of Alanis Morrisette's very bitter You Oughta Know." I actually think he may be more famous for that.

Anyway... on with the show.

Hosts Scott Hamilton and Summer Sanders give a quick recap. Summer says Todd Bridges, "fan favorite", fell last week, knocking him and Jenni Meno out of competition. This week, the remaining teams will not only have to perform synchorized footwork in their routines, but also do an unassisted, traveling, one-legged lunge. Tonight's theme: Motown.

First up: Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman. The favorites to win this competition, because Jillian has skating experience. This week they planned a tough, trick-filled routine to impress the judges. Jillian looks great doing the individual dance moves alongside John, but she's clunky when they do lifts. Their side-by-side spins are terrific but then John falls (what?) at the end.

Judge Mark Lund liked the footwork and spinning but felt like the entire program was fragmented. Sir John Nicks (aka Simon Cowell) thought they were "foolishly ambitious" because much of the program was out of control. Dorothy Hamill, wearing very little clothing for someone sitting on the ice, thought the pair looked amazing. Their score: 49.8 out of a possible 60.

Next is Bruce Jenner and Tai Babelonia. Bruce wants to add a death spiral to the routine, possibly at the fate of dear Tai. Bruce and Tai choose a slow song and, like the previous team, are a little clunky with their lifts. They even attempt simple, synchorinized jumps and are successful! And here's the death spiral... success! This was much better than the first performance. If only Bruce Jenner didn't look as though his knees were about to give out.

On to the judges. Dorothy is impressed with Bruce's improved skating skills and asks for a smile next time. Mark is super impressed, describs them as "two skating as one". Sir John thinks his co-judges are smoking something because he thinks Bruce is awkward (I have to agree). He does appreciate Bruce's determination and the fact that he stays on his feet. Sometimes it's the little things. Total score: 50.1. They're in the lead!

Now it's Dave Coulier and Nancy Kerrigan's turn. Coulier is bitter about the mean comments last week from judge Sir John and their coach is worried that they're screwing around too much. Oh, this is funny! Dave is dressed like a woman for this routine, complete with big, gold boobs and a red, beehive wig. I think he misinterpreted Sir John's comments that he needs to get in touch with his feminine side. Nancy Kerrigan has a newsboy cap and a moustache. Nice, synchorinized lunges across the ice. What's the deal with Dave lifting Nancy? I throught she was supposed to be the man in this routine. Dave tossed Nancy and she nearly fell. It looks like they also decided to do some sort of death spiral.

I'm surprised! Sir John liked it. He thinks Dave is showing signs of becoming a figure skater. Dorothy thought his skating skills were good, especially skating on one foot. Mark agrees with the other judges. Guess the goofy get-up worked. Total Score: 49.7. They're in last place.

Now we're on to Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler, the comeback kids. They start off with a cartwheel by Kristy, who is looking terrific tonight. She seems comfortable on the ice and seems to be nailing the musical cues. Wow! Lloyd lifted her up above his head and spun around (on skates! on ice!), and Kristy even landed on one foot. Impressive! Oops... Kristay trips but Lloyd picks her up and they keep going. Still lookin' good. And then when Lloyd spins her, Kristy nails her chin on the ice and the crowd gives a collective, "Ugh!" Hmmm. They were good but I think their routine was too tough.

Let's see what the judges say: Sir John thought Kristy was ambitious but there are way too many lifts! Mark congratulated Kristy for a quick recovery from the fall but said the two seem very in sync. Dorothy thought they were nervous at first but then it was "beautiful" and "wonderful". Total score: 49.1. Kristy and Lloyd are in last place... they could go home tonight.

Finally, our last couple of Deborah Gibson and Kurt Browning. Kurt says his disadvantage is that the other guys in the competition are big and will be successful with their lifts, but he's a little fella. Deborah doesn't seem to mind that she may be as big as or bigger than her partner, she's worried about the lunge requirement. On the ice now... Deborah and Kurt open with a stationary lift. Pretty smooth! He lifts and spins her past the judges. The routine seems pretty choppy and then Deborah doesn't really deliver on the lunge. I think these two are going home tonight.

Judges? Sir John thinks Deborah has improved but doesn't think pairs skating is Kurt's cup o' tea. Mark liked the open but he didn't think the program was very exciting. Well, it was pretty lame. Dorothy thinks this is their best performance so far and tells Deborah she had a great lunge? Liar! Total score: 47.9.

Deborah and Kurt are off the show.

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Sorry, can't offer a constructive comment. I'm still just working my head around convicted felon Todd Bridges on ice.

February 01 2006 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show really took me back. I remember these people when they either looked good or had hair. Dorothy's bony cleavage was freaking me out...and what the hell happened to Bruce Jenner's face? He looks like a cross between Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Syndrome from the Incredibles. Then poor ol' Scott Hamilton has the worst of both worlds. He looks like an old man but sounds like an old woman.

The show really needs a title more reflective of the content like "Skating with Has Beens" or "Ice Crap-ades."

January 31 2006 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd have gone for when Dave was on "Out of Control." Man, those were the days.

January 31 2006 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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