'Skating With the Stars' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap
by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 30th 2010 6:15AM
['Skating With the Stars' - 'Season 1, Episode 2']
In the second week of 'Skating With the Stars,' there were a few falls as skaters added tricky moves like fancy footwork and lifts, and the first star was eliminated.
The judges attempted to figure out tough moves of their own, like getting the correct score paddle. Veteran skater Dick Button seemed to have trouble with his paddles, saying "8" but flashing a "7" to Jonny Moseley.
The confusion continued as clueless host Vernon Kay's comment on the mix-up was also inaccurate. Oops. Kay also referred to Vince Neil's partner Jennifer Wester, as "Brooke," (Jonny's partner) before correcting himself. Hmm, does he realize this show is live?
Read on to see who went home and who's still skating.
The bottom two, Sean Young and Vince Neil, had both taken spills on the ice, but it was the 'Blade Runner' star who was the first sent home. She thanked partner Denis Petukhov for being a great trainer. She said she'd take away "a very worn-in pair of skates" and a "very unique experience."
Jonny Moseley and Brooke Castile
Jonny, after being told to put "more funk in your trunk," put in as much time practicing dancing as skating. He was suffering from a groin strain (ouch), but still managed to pull off the required moves, like lifting his partner. Johnny Weir (sporting a bold yellow jacket and some interestingly waved hair) was "blown away" by the level of difficulty in the routine. Dick Button thought it was "especially good" and Laurie Ann Gibson gushed, as usual, over Jonny. "You're very handsome on the ice," she purred, before declaring that he had indeed brought the required funk.
Technical score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Artistic score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
Vince Neil and Jennifer Wester
Vince nailed the drama of the tango, according to Laurie Ann, who was the only one who liked his wobbly routine last week. "Amazing," she said of this week, even though he fell while lifting Jennifer. Johnny liked his "aura of intensity" and praised him for getting right back up after falling, but urged him to focus on the basics.
Technical score: 13 (6, 3, 4)
Artistic score: 17 (6, 6, 5)
Bethenny Frankel and Ethan Burgess
In practice, Bethenny cried that she hasn't gotten any sleep in a week as she's flying back and forth from LA to New York, filming her own reality show and taking care of her baby. Laurie Ann, who's usually effusive in her praise for even the worst performance, told Bethenny she was "stiff" and signaling her every move. Johnny told her she'd improved, "but there's still so much work that needs to be done," and wanted more "sass and sex." Cornball Dick asked, "Can I call you polka dot Polly?" (referring to her costume) and wanted the part-time cook to "skate us up a nice crème brûlée."
Technical score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
Artistic score: 16 (6, 5, 5)
Brandon Mychal Smith and Keauna McLaughlin
Brandon turned the tables on Keauna by taking her roller-skating, where he excels and she can barely keep from falling. Brandon didn't just dance, he moonwalked on the ice: Is this guy really a beginner? Johnny let loose a loud "Yesss!" and proclaimed the routine "ferocious, passionate, sexy, everything I wanted to see in a performance." Dick called it "spectacular," but criticized his "hovering." Laurie Ann loved the execution of his required elements and thanked him for "being rhythmic."
Technical score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Artistic score: 25 (9, 8, 8)
Sean Young and Denis Petukhov
To get Sean to conquer her fear of the ice, Denis took her indoor skydiving. She seemed more comfortable on the ice, but had two spills during their 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' swing routine. Dick was glad that "the ice is thawing" and liked the "giggle in her jiggle." Laurie Ann thought she was "nailing it" up until her fall. Johnny advised her, "Oh, honey, I was so hoping that would not happen, but you killed your fears, falling in front of millions of people."
Technical score: 12 (5, 3, 4)
Artistic score: 18 (5, 7, 6)
Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak
'Dancing With the Stars' pro Dmitry Chaplin came in to coach Rebecca through her first-ever tango. She once again was easily the best performer of the evening, despite an injured shoulder. "That was hot, that was intense," said Laurie Ann. Johnny, although he liked the lifts, criticized the "bored malaise" expression she wore during the routine instead of being the "sex kitten" he was hoping for. "You're one of the best skaters in this competition, but act the part." Dick agreed that her tango was "just a little bit square. Seduce me! I'm old enough that everybody knows it doesn't mean anything."
Technical score: 23 (8, 7, 8)
Artistic score: 21, (8, 6, 7)
The leaderboard standings:
Rebecca & Fred: 89
Brandon & Keauna: 85
Jonny & Brooke: 84
Sean & Denis: 64
Bethenny & Ethan: 62
Vince & Jennifer: 58
'Skating With the Stars' airs Mondays, 8PM ET on ABC.