Skating With the Stars crowned its first winner last night.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Rebecca Budig took home the crown, since she was the only one who could skate right from the start.  She competed in the finale against Bethenny Frankel, which also isn’t surprising.  Brandon Mychal Smith cheered on from the audience, even though he left the show early due to a “stomach virus,” which was probably just a fancy way of saying he didn’t feel like skating anymore.  And who could blame him?  The show’s ratings took a nosedive after the first episode.  Will Skating return for a second season?  Only time will tell, but I won’t hold my breath.

I admit I wasn’t expecting much of Skating With the Stars.  I was right to feel that way.  It’s basically Dancing With the Stars on ice skates, only not nearly as interesting.  What we got was more of the same, right down to the choice of judges.  Just as in Dancing, we had the flamboyant young guy, the codgy old stodger, and the token female.  Bruno, Len, and Carrie Ann anyone?  The host, Vernon Kay (who?), didn’t seem confident or even comfortable in front of the camera.  I found his constant wide-eyed stares to be distracting.

Johnny Weir's poker face

Each contestant was given 2 moves they had to perform during their routine, but that was basically the only rule.  Luckily, we had a random disembodied head, who was actually retired Ice Dancer, Tanith Belbin, pointing out the moves afterward, so people who know nothing about skating (like me), would notice it and be impressed.  Then they were each

What's with those eyes?

judged for both technical and artistic merits.  I was right about Vince Neil not being able to get out of his own way, as he received the lowest score of the night.  Rebecca Budig and Jonny Moseley received the top scores.  The others were barely mediocre.  I couldn’t bring myself to care though.  Dancing may arguably be full of “has beens,” but Skating has stars who can’t even aspire to be “has beens.”  The judging itself was fairly tame too, with no Bruno Tonioli jumping out of his seat at every given opportunity.  The highlight of the show was judge Johnny Weir performing to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

I’m hoping, as the contestants get more experience, the show will pick up speed and we’ll get to see a bit mmore excitement on the ice.  Otherwise, I probably won’t give Skating With the Stars much hope.

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Name: Rebecca Budig
Age: 37
Claim to Fame: Greenlee Smythe on All My Children

Rebecca Budig first made her appearance on Aerosmith’s music video Living on the Edge, then later appeared briefly in Batman Forever, before landing a role on Guiding Light and then All My Children.  Rebecca was previously contacted to appear on Dancing With the Stars, but the timing was never right.  Maybe she was just holding out for a skating version, thinking her tiny 5′ 1″ frame will give her an advantage.  Maybe that’s just pure speculation on my part and holds no basis in truth.  Rebecca being the youngest of 8 children, I will be expecting a lot of temper tantrums though, and those are always fun to watch.

Skating With the Stars premieres November 22, 2010!

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