Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Apr 3, 2013.
I love the show ! So glad it's back!
Also noticed on twitter that Violetta and Mathieu Dandenault are now following each other - perhaps another team?
From Sandra twitter today ..........Sandra Bezic ‏@SandraBezic 37m
Just realized that by my count there are 17 Olympians involved in @CBCbattle cast and creative team included.
and from Mathieu's twitter........mathieu dandenault ‏@mdandenault25 27 Aug
Euh..... What the....!! pic.twitter.com/zB75yPVnip
Any word on when tickets will go on sale?
Rumour has it that Amanda Evora and Sinead Kerr are part of the cast and Marcy Hinzmann is returning.
Amanda has some pictures on her Instagram with Jessica, Sinead and Marcy at a TIFF event, which makes sense if they're all in the cast
Sounds great to me!
pretty sure Shae is back as a skater
According to a posting on Blades FB, they will be releasing the names of competitors beginning Sunday and going on daily through the week. Some folks are getting a bit PO'd with the "tease" approach being used.
Isn't Shae in Japan right now?
I'm looking forward to Sinead. The dancers seem to bring the most interesting programs (even if the pair girls wind up winning).
Not looking forard to more Americans, though. Or Jessica Dube, for that matter.
Amanda Evora is lovely. I loved her skating with Mark Ladwig. And I've met her in person and she's very nice. I'll be cheering for her, American or not! In fact, I might cheer for her over Dube
I went to the FB BOTB page but declined joining as they wanted complete access to all of my FB friends! No way am I knowingly going to do that to my friends, none of whom are interested in skating. Can't say I like the "tease" approach; it might appeal to those casual fans who ar3e on the fence but it does nothing for me. I just hope mackiecat is right and Shae is a part of it. Looking forward to seeing Sinead! And I'll welcome any skater, no matter what country they come from!
how many pairs total? 6
"Breaking news" released by Battle of the Blades on Facebook this morning - the judges for this season will be:
* Jamie Sale
* PJ Stock &
* Kurt Browning (who will be pulling "double duty" they say).
No more Sandra on the judging panel
The CBC has been doing a live video broadcast at 12:30 p.m. from TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) and today is the last one. They have included promos for CBC shows and Kurt is supposed to be part of the broadcast today with a "tease" for Battle of the Blades. Check it out here: http://www.cbc.ca/live/livestream-cbc-live-tiff-today-at-1230-pm.html
You can watch the CBC Live here: http://www.cbc.ca/live/watch-cbc-live-tiff---day-9.html
Kurt's around 24 minutes in.
Interesting that Sandra is coming off the judging panel....maybe she wanted to be involved in the creative/choreography?
And here's Kurt on CBC News promoting the show: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Sports/Figure+Skating/ID/2406168339/
Maybe Sandra is busy with NBC duties leading up to the Olympics?
I like the choice of PJ Stock for the "hockey" judge. Having experienced it, he will hopefully have more pertinent things to say than JR!
I can't say I'm sorry to see Bezic no longer on the panel either. I like Kurt, but I liked having the special guest judge each week. I think it left room to have other skaters & hockey players on the show & generate a little more interest in the show.
I guess there is a silver lining after all.
I hope they invite Kim Navarro once again, and that this time, she has a very different and happy experience with the show
First two hockey players announced:
I wasn't annoyed before but I am now! I don't care who the hockey players are! And I know I'm supposed to know and care about hockey because I'm Canadian but I don't! I only want to know who the figure skaters are so let's get on with it!
I remember seeing that Jessica Dube would be one of the skaters.
There's some speculation that Amanda Evora may be another. Also Violetta Afanasieva.
Call me crazy... but I have this weird feeling there's a completely different reason Sandra's not judging. What if she's skating?
also a rumour sinead kerr will be skating...