December 21st, 2010
11:53 AM ET
There was a lot confidence going around the "Skating with the Stars" rink last night. For one thing, the hosts seemed pretty sure the show would return for a second season. Given the ratings, I doubt it.
In addition, both Vernon Kay and Rebecca Budig dropped hints that we should expect a Budig-Jonny Moseley finale tonight, throwing Bethenny Frankel to the curb.
We kicked things off with a group skate, as all three celebrities and their partners performed a routine to a Christmas song. It looked less like a group skate and more like couples tagging each other out so they could have "alone time" on the ice. Rebecca received top scores for her performance, as well as another Dick Button compliment on her bottom.
The skaters weren't done for the night just yet, as they had to perform free skate routines. Rebecca was first, and she wowed the crowd with a routine that Vernon said "didn't need fixing." Johnny Weir said he was "taken to another planet" by her performance, which may explain his fashion sense.
Rebecca earned 57 points for her performance, although Dick took a long time revealing his technical score.
Bethenny came up next, calling herself "the underdog" because, well, she is by about a mile. She performed a routine to a Michael Buble tune sung by someone who's clearly not Michael Buble. Bethenny kept her patented dizziness to a minimum, and the crowd went wild as a result.
Over the last few weeks, Bethenny and the judges have gone at it over the way she's been scored. Bethenny said she didn't care about how the judges ranked her and Johnny Weir had a fit, telling Bethenny that he no longer cared about judging her. This week, for reasons unexplained, none of this was mentioned.
Johnny complimented Bethenny for performing "from start to finish," while Dick encouraged her to "keep wearing that costume." Dick also reminded Bethenny that the show is not called "Stepping with the Stars." If that were the case, we'd replace Vernon with Michael Flatley in a heartbeat.
Bethenny got 43 points for her performance, and a confused look from yours truly. Given the alleged drama that's played out between Bethenny and the judges in recent weeks, you would think the show would milk it for all its worth. Now, nothing. I wonder if both sides were told that no one was buying the alleged drama and to just pretend it never happened.
We're now up to Jonny Moseley, who performed a routine to Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Johnny Weir noted that the song was appropriate for his bedroom and not the skating rink. (That was the point at which TV "family hour" ceased to exist.) Dick praised Jonny for having "vim and vigor," marking the first time the phrase was used on TV in at least a decade.
Jonny got 52 points for his effort, although Dick held his artistic paddle the wrong way, meaning that Jonny technically received 44 points and a giant snowflake.
In the last two weeks, Bethenny garnered 88 of a possible 130 points. By comparison, Jonny received 114 points, while Rebecca earned 119 points. Certainly the elimination was a given, right?
Think again. Jonny Moseley got the boot, as it appears that Bethenny's fans may be the only ones watching the show at this point.
Tonight, Rebecca Budig and Bethenny Frankel compete to determine the first, and likely last, "Skating with the Stars" champion. Will the soap diva maintain the lead she's carried throughout the competition, or will the former "Real Housewife" pull another surprise?
More importantly, will anyone remember who won this a month from now?
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