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

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

  1. Scrufflet

    Scrufflet Well-Known Member

    Too true. The audience was hugely families plus a lot of young women (figure skating fans). The young ones would not remember Oksana. It's really hard to tell what proportion of the audience was hockey mad. Not me!
  2. professordeb

    professordeb Well-Known Member

    I am twice "blessed" because I love hockey AND figure skating so for me, this is a match made in heaven for a fan of those two winter sports.
  3. Scrufflet

    Scrufflet Well-Known Member

  4. sequins

    sequins Active Member

    :lol:Never heard it described that way but yes I guess I am twice 'blessed' too. Really enjoyed last nights show, and it went by very fast. Surprised as well about Oksana, poor Marcy, again. Fave last night was Sinead again and Violetta, they were fanatstic. Damn Kurt was harsh with some of the marks though.
  5. luckiest1

    luckiest1 Well-Known Member

  6. rvi5

    rvi5 Active Member

    During a pre-season interview for BOTB, I recall Kurt mentioning he could become the Simon Cowell of BOTB. :lol:
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  7. Alvyne

    Alvyne Active Member

    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  8. KatieC

    KatieC So peaceful

    As long as Kurt marks everybody on the same scale it doesn't matter what he gives everybody. I'm glad he shaved, but Jamie gave at least three couples in a row 5.8.
  9. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    but they were a "different kind of" 5.8 ;) (or so she said lol)
  10. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

    They are, after all, using the 6.0 scale - remember, the number is just a placeholder :D
  11. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    The charity angle with this show is one of the smartest decisions they made. The clincher to get the hockey players to go along with it. Very very smart.
  12. Alvyne

    Alvyne Active Member

    Well appartently the videos on CBC youtube channel I posted are geoblocked, but someone else posted the entire first show on youtube:

    Part 1 (Intro): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTjb49eRnbE
    Part 2 (Sinead and Grant): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EQb1c2sneQ
    Part 3 (Marie-France and Mathieu): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nopvG1d6w8c
    Part 4 (Marcy and Mike): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFUXpf_oVdE
    Part 5 (Amanda and Scott): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh6-CmIgt_U
    Part 6 (Oksana and Vladimir): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIgFuTGGfNQ
    Part 7 (Violetta and Jason): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA3bOYdTjFc
    Part 8 (Jessica and Brian): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bZ6dMjzQjc
    Part 9 (Shae Lynn and Anson): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_3HWUEthBM
    Part 10 (Recap): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nca-QrREUMM
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  13. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

  14. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    Thank you thank you thank you :cheer2: I'm so happy to be able to watch it.
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  15. unchat123

    unchat123 Active Member

    Did anyone else get a Don Cherry vibe from Jamie's suit from Episode 2? :)

    Tickets for Episode 4 go on sale tomorrow, can't wait to get mine!
  16. ildah

    ildah New Member

    I'm assuming the people wondering how they get the hockey players to make such a huge commitment of time (and potential embarassment) might not realize that the participants are paid HUGE money..it's a closely guarded secret how much. That's why the show is so expensive. There's a large base salary and then every week that a couple makes it through, they get more money. All the hockey players give the line about not wanting to do it until they realize it's for charity, that sounds very magnanimous but you are talking about guys making a massive 4 months commitment of training and then the show which lasts until November. And I'm not talking about somebody being paid 40 or 50 thousand dollars to join the show...we're talking waaay more money than that. The final 2 couples probably make $100,000 each at the least. I'm betting more. I think the figure skaters might be paid on a different scale from the hockey players, who have lots more to lose (dignity etc !!) but the hockey players definitely get a pile of money, cause without them, there's no show.
  17. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

    ildah - Do you have a confirmed source for this rather negative post? Are you trying to "rain on the parade"?
  18. Anemone

    Anemone Well-Known Member

    Yes! If it had been just the pants or just the jacket, I would have liked the look better. Both together was just too much.
  19. badskater62

    badskater62 New Member

    They get paid - but I doubt it is the determining factor... for exampl Anson Carter made 14 million his last 10 years in the NHL see belowAnson Carter

    NHL salary history since 1989
    including contract info and total accumulated.



    Contract = Players' Strike: 48 out of 84 games played. Most players only received +/- 58% of the amount listed.
    1996-97 $375,000
    1997-98 $350,000 $(25,000) -7%
    1998-99 $650,000 $300,000 86%
    1999-00 $850,000 $200,000 31%
    2000-01 $1,700,000 $850,000 100%
    2001-02 $1,900,000 $200,000 12%
    2002-03 $2,400,000 $500,000 26%
    2003-04 $2,800,000 $400,000 17%
    2004-05 Lockout Complete season lockout: Some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so but none got an NHL salary.
    2005-06 $1,000,000 $(1,800,000) -64%
    2006-07 $2,500,000 $1,500,000 150%
    1989-2012 $14,525,000
    Total NHL fortune accumulated from 1989 to 2012
  20. badskater62

    badskater62 New Member

    one other just for an exclamation point Vlad's salary since 1989
    1989-2012 $31,505,095

    Sorry but the whole they are paid a lot isn't really a fair statement
  21. KatieC

    KatieC So peaceful


    It's entertaining, I get to watch some of my favourite figure skaters, I get to watch Kurt, some charities make some money, some charities get publicity, it kills an hour on a Sunday night. Do I care how much money each skater gets? :shuffle:
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  22. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

    Is it supposed to be a BAD thing that they get paid? People do jobs and they get paid. Some jobs have perks or benefits and in some cases - such as this one - one of the extra "benefits" is that money is donated to a charity they support AND that charity gets publicity. I just don't get what is supposed to be wrong with the participants getting paid. They work hard and their time is taken up where they might otherwise be making money.
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  23. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure that the way to deal with this awful inconsistency is to remove the charity aspect of the show. Too bad, hungry children!
  24. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    A plea for episode 3 to be on youtube



    Eternally grateful.
  25. sequins

    sequins Active Member

    Seriously, I mean would this make everyone feel better? Who cares if they get paid, alot, a little? Why wouldn't they? Do you really expect them to do it for free? 'Celebrities' on DWTS get paid at least on BOTB they give back. I mean really what's the deal?
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  26. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    Something tells me the amount the hockey players are paid, doesn't even come close to the fees paid for the music rights so the teams have music to actually skate to. These guys are giving up weeks w/their new jobs they now have post NHL and also time w/their Families. Same w/the Skaters, who are now coaching or choreographers for various clubs/skaters. I'm sure Marie-France is wondering how that Spanish Dance team she and Patrice coach are doing, not to mention what kind of a hit not working w/them as usual will hit their bank account.

    Of course they're getting paid to do this show and I think many of us realized that year one of the show. However, for someone to come in and state the Hockey Players are being paid really large sums of money is rather laughable because...

    1 ~ This is a CBC show and on a network that ends up getting it's budget slashed by the Harper Govt every year and was the reason why we're getting Season Four now, instead of last year. Remember, the CBC wasn't able to afford the the music rights fees for both BOTB *and* Over The Rainbow last year, so something had to give. That was BOTB. Now if they couldn't do both shows due to the incredible high fees for music last season, how can a cash strapped CBC afford Season Four if your "claims" are true?

    So...Only one thing left to say really.

    2 ~ Nice try at attempting to stir things up. Better luck next time.
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  27. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    So what. :p
  28. badskater62

    badskater62 New Member

    Anyone else thinking Shae and Anson's music tonite will be reggae (SP) Would love to see them skate to 'Stir it up"
  29. Parsley Sage

    Parsley Sage Well-Known Member

    I think it's African based on the picture posted on Facebook.
  30. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

    In the skate-off this week - Oksana & Vladimir (again) and Marie-France & Mathieu.

    Theme - international beats.

    Judging focus is on footwork tonight.