It's Budig vs. Bethenny on 'Skating with the Stars'
December 21st, 2010
11:53 AM ET

It's Budig vs. Bethenny on 'Skating with the Stars'

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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  1. Shannon

    Johnny's fashion sense is perfect. You only wish you were that fierce. 🙂

    This show is a bit of a joke. I'm enjoying it but mostly because I like Johnny Weir so much. The fact that Bethenny Frankel has an actual shot at winning is just indicative of what a joke it is. I love that people got mad at Johnny because he actually dared to criticize her. How dare a judge actually judge a contestant? haha.

    Anyway, the only thing worth watching tonight will be the performance from Johnny, Denis Petchukov, Jennifer Wester and Keauna McLaughlin.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    I like turtles.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canadeh

    You know, Canada has Battle of the Blades, an amazing hit where they've taken former hockey players and taught them to pairs skate with leading pairs and ice dance skaters. The quality of skating is great. There isn't the pathetic drama of wanna-be-celebrities. And you know what? They're competing for charities. Not for personal gain. There's a reason the US show is trash when you compare it with a genuine show like Battle of the Blades. Check it out on youtube and you'll see why the Skating with the Stars show is a sign of the crap on US tv. Narcissism versus charity. Seriously check out some of the routines and you'll see why the US needs to start demanding better quality shows and people on those shows instead of cheap imitations! Just bugs me that we can't get a show like Battle here in the US.

    December 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadeh

      By the way, how is anyone even watching this? The "celebrities" aren't even likable. They're arrogant and there's no sense of appreciation for how difficult figure skating is and they look so stiff out there. Then the additional interviews are lame, and the announcer . . . who is he? He's dull. There's just not the homeyness of the Canadian show. Seriously, Americans, you are totally being shortchanged with this crap.

      December 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • penemuel

      If only we could get quality shows instead of cheap trash reality series... Unfortunately, quality is too expensive. Or some such twaddle.

      December 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. penemuel

    I don't even know who the heck Bethenny is, but the only reason I'm watching the finale tonight is to see Johnny Weir skate. Must be a trend in skating, robbing people named Johnny of the placings they deserve...

    December 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SandyLB

    What is so special about Bethenny Frankel that there are not the 500+ hate and loathing posts on here for her because Johnny Moseley was eliminated over her, like there were when Bristol Palin outlasted Brandy on DWTS?

    Talk about a double standard.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jackie

    I can't stand Bethanny–Johnny should have won! I'm not even gonna bother watching tonight since he's gone.

    December 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. razzlea

    Bethanny all the way!

    December 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. portalpunk

    so sad i missed this, sounds like cant miss tv.

    December 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |

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