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Skating with the Stars Skaters Announced

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Tanith Belbin will be doing color commentary for Skating with the Stars, which premieres on November 22nd on ABC, according to TV Squad.  Johnny Weir and Dick Button will critique the contestants.  I cannot contain my excitement at that news.  They will be the best part, I'm sure.

The skater pairings are....underwhelming:


Bethenny Frankel with Ethan Burgess (a Blades of Glory stunt double.  No joke)

Brandon Mychal Smith and Keauna McLaughlin (seriously?   I thought she was off getting in touch with herself, or something.  At least there will be no pressure to land triples).

Jonny Moseley and Brooke Castile (2007 U.S. pairs champ)

Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak (veteran pairs skater, apparently...and also a veteran of the UK's Dancing on Ice)

Sean Young and Denis Petukhov (three-time U.S. ice dancing silver medalist)

Vince Neil and Jennifer Wester (Nebelhorn Trophy-winning ice dancer)

I kind of understand getting lesser known skaters if this is to be like Dancing with the Stars first was - focusing totally on the "celebrities."  Still, I wouldn't say I'm..looking forward to it.  I'd much rather be watching a Grand Prix competition.