CBC's "Battle of the Blades" is coming back!

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. MissIzzy

    MissIzzy Active Member

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    Why did CBC announce their lineup on NHL trade deadline day? :lol: Not that I mind; needed some good news today...
     
  2. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    Yes! A million times YES!
     
  3. shutterbug

    shutterbug Well-Known Member

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    Oh happy, happy, joy, joy! :rollin:

    The link doesn’t work for me. :( Is this the same article?

    I wonder if this will limit their choices for hockey players/skaters to those who live in or near the GTA?
     
  4. Anemone

    Anemone Active Member

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    YAY!

    Much as it would be nice, I doubt Shae Lynne Bourne would be brought on the show as the second judge. They've always had a hockey player as the second permanent judge. I would actually like to see that spot filled by one of the players who has previously been on the show and actually has some idea of just how much work has gone into learning those skills & programs.
     
  5. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Exactly!!! I was hoping the CBC would do that, as it's a natural lead in to Sochi and gives them a chance to really promo their coverage of the Games to Canada. Can NOT wait!!

    I too hope for Paul Kariya. What about Ronnie Francis? I remember he used to be a pretty smooth skater back in the day.
     
  6. Habs

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    I could happily watch Paul Coffey skate around a rink in circles. His skating skills are second to none.
    As one of my friends said once, "Paul Coffey invented skating."
     
  7. Scrufflet

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    Totally agree on the choice of hockey player. I'd like to see Georges Laracques(sp?).
     
  8. Icehog

    Icehog New Member

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    I suggest Barbara Underwood as a judge. She coaches power skating to NHLers. She lives in Toronto where the show is produced. She's a retired pairs figure skater and a former competitor on the show. She's a former TV commentator. Ticks all the boxes for qualifications.

    I wonder if Kurt will be the host again? I hope so.
     
  9. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

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    Georges competed last season.
     
  10. pp55

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    I assume you want Barbara Underhill as a judge.
     
  11. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    So, it'll just be one show per week--the performances and the eliminations will take place all the same night. At first, I was confused how that would work with voting etc, but I figure in the first week everyone skates, then the next week everyone still skates and someone is eliminated at the end. When people vote, they can't vote for the eliminated skater's performance.

    So, that means one extra performance. Which is fine. The elimination show was kinda boring, anyway. Given how many skaters train in the Toronto/Ontario/Detroit region, the show could've showcased a skater/team each week. But they never did that on any regular basis before, so I'm okay with no Monday night elimination episode.
     
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  13. Andora

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    George would be a GREAT judge. He continued skating after the show. I believe he even did a show in Quebec with another partner?
     
  14. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    She'll do if Underwood is busy.
     
  15. nyrak

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    So glad BOTB is back! And add me to the list who'd love to see Trevor Linden on the show! I remember a story from the Nagano Olympics where he excitedly met Shae-Lynn Bourne, saying he & his wife were big fans, he'd just met Victor, etc.
     
  16. SGrand

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    Lol
     
  17. Scrufflet

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    I meant as a judge.
     
  18. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

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    Ah, my mistake. :)
     
  19. N_Halifax

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    They definitely need to bring back Dick Button. Or have someone else who's fun, like maybe Toller Cranston or Liz Manley.
     
  20. Alwaysaway

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    Glad to hear this. The first couple of seasons had very strong ratings and it's a good vehicle to keep figure skating in the public eye. Also agree they should have run it during the strike, the marketing writes itself.
     
  21. JasperBoy

    JasperBoy Heading for Helsinki

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    IIRC Toller was a judge and he was no fun.
     
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  22. ks777

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    Has Bret Hedican already competed? I know he isn't canadian but.. Yes Paul Kariya was a figure skater when he was younger.
     
  23. marysy

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    Bret Hedican was co-guest judge with Kristi once, I believe. He'd be a good person to have on and has always seemed like a very nice guy. Perhaps he's learned a few things from Kristi since they've been married, or if nothing else, be familiar with the figure skating world. Plus, he's pretty built so shouldn't have problems with lifts.

    More ideas - maybe Joe Sakic or Rob Blake? And he's not retired yet or Canadian, but I'd love to see Teemu Selanne do this one day. Maybe he and Kariya could compete against each other. :)
     
  24. yfbg722

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    Sidney Crosby need to let his jaw heal and then give up hockey for Battle of the Blades :biggrinbo
     
  25. shutterbug

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    Ohhhhhh, wouldn’t that be something? :D The “battle” would be amongst the girls to see who could snag him as a partner! :lol:
     
  26. WildRose

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  27. shutterbug

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    Found this on GoldenSkate: https://twitter.com/LadretDoug/status/374344482495270913

    The first episode will air on Sept. 22, 2013.
     
  28. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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  29. kimkom

    kimkom Two Pot Screamer

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    Yay! Sudbury representing again! Tessa Bonhomme last year, and now Brian Savage. :cheer: :cheer:
     
  30. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    And George Crabtree! Although Harper is a major fan of Murdoch Mysteries, I suspect it's te co-production money from GB that's behind the expanded season.

    I don't think it will be an issue, since timing and stability is key. Also, hockey payers can have muscle mass that figure skaters can't, since they don't have to worry about jumps.

    Except the gushing doofus part.

    And :wuzrobbed thinking about the missed opportunity to expand the fan base.

    I guess my second all-time favorite Jari Kurri is too busy GM-ing the Finnish National Team. (Jean Ratelle's a little old.)