'Skating with the Stars': Dick Button is a flirt
November 30th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

'Skating with the Stars': Dick Button is a flirt

This week's "Skating with the Stars" focused on the tango and waltz, with teams required to perform both a dance lift and a complicated step sequence.

The first celeb out of the pack was Jonny Moseley, who performed a routine to "Jump Jive an' Wail" that showed good footwork.  The judge no one has heard of praised Jonny for having "funk in his trunk," which would require a change of trousers if it happened to us normal folk.

As far as scoring goes, Jonny got a 24 for technical and, well, I'm not sure what he got for artistic, as Dick Button held up a "7" paddle but announced "8."  Host Vernon Kay only made matters worse by saying Dick held up an "8" paddle but announced "7."  At that moment, elementary school math teachers shook their heads in shame.

Next up was Vince Neil and his partner, whose name Vernon seemed lost on. Vince stumbled to the floor during his routine, then struggled to get his partner through his legs. Nevertheless, the judges praised Vince for his personality on the rink, and gave him 30 points for his troubles. For some reason, judge Johnny Weir appeared to grab a "9" paddle and held it upside down in order to give Vince a "6" for artistic. Can you take a class in holding paddles?

Then came Bethenny Frankel, whose skating partner was dressed like pro wrestler Bob Backlund circa-1995. For the second week in a row, Bethenny was able to spin and twirl herself into complete dizziness. Dick asked Bethenny if he could call her "Polka Dot Polly," then apparently asked her for five dollars. Will someone please keep an eye on Mr. Button? Bethenny was awarded 33 points for her troubles.

Brandon Mychal Smith, who at least has more name recognition than one of the judges, managed to wake up this show with a routine that included a moonwalk. Brandon received a well-deserved 49 points.

Next up was Sean Young, whose partner tried to conquer her fears by taking her indoor skydiving. It didn't help, as Sean took a tumble and her partner took a LONG time getting her back on her feet. Frankly, Sean does better when she just stands around the rink and waves to the crowd. Dick praised Sean for having some "giggle in her jiggle." Note to Mr. Button: If you want to ask Sean out on a date, just talk to her backstage. In the end, Sean got 30 points.

Rebecca Budig was our final competitor, and she performed a tango that wowed the audience. Dick demanded that Rebecca "seduce" him next week (is there anybody this guy won't flirt with?). Rebecca received 44 points for her troubles, and finished two weeks of competition as the overall points leader.

When it came time to eliminate one of the celebrities, alas, it was Sean Young who was headed home. Sean said she had a "very unique experience" on the show - admittedly, being hit on by Dick Button can do that to someone.

Next week, the five remaining teams must do routines that tell a story, such as how embarrassing this show has been so far. Who will survive? Will Vernon be deported for bad hosting? Will co-host Tanith Belbin avoid the Dick Button flirt radar?

What did you think of this week's "Skating with the Stars" episode?

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  1. JH

    That's olympic skater Johnny Weir in the middle. He's gay and opened about it.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Teslchick

    After just watching "Battle of the Blades" this is not so good– to put it mildly. I watched it last incarnation and after suffering through the episodes I ended up missing the finale. Not sure I can watch the rest... Barely know the "starts" and don't recognize any of the skaters... At least the last time they had famous skaters...

    November 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @?

    What's that? A beer and the remote?

    November 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ?

    women have what Men want....sorry

    November 30, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    Its a guy he has no chest to see through that shirt. What a sicko a man that wants to be a woman sooo bad that he looks like one. I guess woman just got what men want. LOL!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. El Jefe

    Is that a man or a woman in the middle?

    November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. ML

    Skating with Celebrities back in 2006 was horrible and this reincarnation is even worse. On 11/22, I watched about 15 minutes and turned the TV off. Last night I didn't even bother to tune in. Let's hope ABC doesn't put this show on for a second season.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      This show is my new guilty pleasure! It's hilarious, really. Dick Button's comments just keep getting more and more absurd, and I gotta love Johnny Weir for his questionable sartorial choices – just looking at him cracked me up! Three of the performances looked surprisingly good, two were such train wrecks they were kinda hilarious to watch, and Bethenny... well, I'm looking forward to seeing her fall on her butt. It's going to happen, sooner or later.

      November 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |

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