Monday, October 3, 2011

Battle of the Blades 3 - week 2

First off tell me that Todd Simpson as a figure stater doesn't look like Will Farrell in Blades of Glory? So how can you take him seriously out there?

So this week the guest judge was Theoren Fleury from season 2. This is a change from the pattern we saw in seasons 1 and 2. In the past the guest judge alternated between a hockey person and a figure skating person but this week we saw back to back hockey personalities. I can barely handle with opening with Ron Maclean and Kurt Browning provided the usual awkward repartee, stepping on one another's lines and overstating the importance of the show. Maclean compared the night's show to , "opening night of the Stanley Cup playoffs." Except that the Cup final is a real competition.

Violetta Afanasieva & Cale Hulse

The pair danced to "Love to Love" by Jill Scott. Like Cale's performance from last week, he was stiff and expressionless yest Sandra suggested he had grace. Being very helpful Theoren and Jeremy both commented how much they enjoyed watching Violetta which can be interpreted as we didn't like Cale too much. Total score: 16.4.

Marcy Hinzmann-Harris & Todd Simpson

It's hard to take Todd seriously when he resembles Will Ferrell's Chaz Micheal Michaels so much. The ridiculous black tank top didn't help. I cracked up when Jeremy described the performance as, "You make a very good jungle gym." Isn't that the best way to describe Battle of the Blades? Total score: 16.6

Kim Navarro & Russ Courtnall

The pair danced to "Buttons" by the Pussycat Dolls and gave another awful performance. While last season the pairs improved considerably following the first week that wasn't happening in season 3. At the end, Kim tore Russ's shirt open, which added to the awkwardness. Of course Sandra loved it. Total score: 16.5

Elena Breezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn

They danced to "The Crow and the Butterfly" by Shinedown. Did I mention this week's theme was passion? Well once again Curtis was stiff and emotionless. Remember the Zombie program from last season. This was Curtis. Elena who is an Olympic gold medalist looked nervous out there or like a fish out of water. Theoren commented on their outfits. I guess even he couldn't think of something nice to say about their skate. Total score: 16.5.

Tessa Bonhomme & David Pelletier

You have to love these two like last year's Russian pair. Tessa refuses to wear the skimpy outfits the other women (check out Marcy last week and Annabelle this week) and sticks to pants. Just like last week, they were among the best pairs. But for some reason Sandra hates it and gave it one of the lowest scores ever (5.3). Jeremy decides to offset her score by giving it the highest score (5.7) of the night. Total score: 16.6.

Marie-France Dubreuil & Bryan Berard

The pair danced to "Lost Together" by Blue Rodeo. Bryan looks like King Kong out there with his ridiculously immense arms and shoulders. His lifts looked nothing like figure skating elements maybe because I pictured him climbing the Empire State Building. Hard to say who was more stiff - Bryan, Curtis or Cale. Some competition. Sandra tried giving him some skating advice. She might as well try to teach her dog to talk. Total score: 16.6.

Tanith Belbin & Boyd Devereux

This was the performance of the night. Finally a pair that improved over the previous week. They danced to Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts". The judges gushed over it. Total score: 17.1

Annabelle Langlois & Brad May

This pair will be a contender with another strong performance, dancing to "Natural Born Lover". Jeremy noted, "I didn't know you could skate that good. You didn't skate that good in hockey," Then he lost interest in Brad and began to salivate over Annabelle. Total score: 16.9.

The Skate Off

On Monday night the bottom two were Elena/Calle and Marcy/Todd. I had to agree. On the skate off Marcy and Todd were visibly nervous and looked even worse than the night before. The judges were unanimous and they were the first casualties.

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