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Why is a 'Bachelorette' Contestant Joining 'Skating With the Stars'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 15th 2010 6:00PM
Jonathan NovackPlease explain this to us, TV Squad readers, because we're not sure we understand this bit of breaking news: According to E! Online, former 'Bachelorette' contestant Jonathan "The Weatherman" Novack is joining 'Skating With the Stars' on Monday.

Yes, this Monday, which is supposed to be the last judged performance by the three finalists. E! reports that Novack has been training along with the rest of the contestants as an understudy in case anything happened, and he's been called up after Brandon Mychal Smith's departure due to illness on Monday night.

We're confused -- shouldn't Novack have competed last week, when Smith first got sick? Or at least Monday night, since Smith (and the producers) knew ahead of time that there would be an extra spot?

The three finalists -- Bethenny Frankel, Rebecca Budig and Jonny Moseley -- are competing in the final round on Monday night, with the winner announced on Tuesday. Adding another contestant would completely mess with that lineup.

Novack will reportedly be skating with Smith's partner, Keauna McLaughlin. Where did those two find time to rehearse together before Smith's illness? Unless they had something to do with the food poisoning ...

A-ha! Now things are coming together.

Seriously, though, how is this going to work? We really don't understand.

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Big Momma

Skating With the Stars didn't catch on for several reasons. First, the skating professionals are not the skating celebrities we want to watch. Second, the host is dull, boring and nobody we know. Also, two of the 3 judges are unfit. Should have tried for Peggy Fleming for female and perhaps someone of the caliber of Brian Boitano, Brian Orser or Scott Hamilton in place of Weir. This show was horribly miscast and deserves to not return again.

December 15 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill B

Not that I care, but isn't the show all about eliminating contestants. Get the show off the air - pick a "winner".

December 15 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
countrydivaaj

Is this a joke?!! They're adding a contestant? On what was supposed to be the finals? Why even bother at this late stage? And whoever heard of an understudy in a celebrity reality competition? This is just nuts. I can't wait to see how they're going to handle this.

December 15 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

I think the real question is why is Skating with the Stars still on the air?

December 15 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
millie

Really?? What's the point? The show is almost over! Ya know, I started watching this show out of curiosity. Now I watch because I'm curious who will win. But I'm not sure why I care because the show really does stink! Seriously!! Maybe it would be better if they got Pros we've ever heard of, and "stars" we could actually care about ... ?

December 15 2010 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat

Johnny Weird!

December 15 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

If this turns out to be true, Skating With The Stars
may as well be airing their first, and final season.

December 15 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Richard Ott's comment
j

This is actually their second season.

December 15 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
millie

The first show was "Skating with Celebrities" and it was on a different network. This show "Skating With the Stars" is produced by different people. Not that it matters, though, because they're both awful. The premise just doesn't work! So, yes Richard, this probably will be their first AND last season. At least, it SHOULD BE!!!

December 15 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

You need explaining? Since when do any of these kinds of shows follow any kind of logic? Any show that allows Johnny Weir to rant and rave forgetting that these 'celebreties' and I suggest the word is a bit over used here, are not in any way real skaters and shouldn't be judged by the same standards as regular skaters, doesn't need to explain what or why it does anything!

December 15 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rl

Who watches?

December 15 2010 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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