SWTS: Celebs Battle On Ice!

After the season finale of Dancing with the Stars November 22, ABC is icing the dance floor for its premiere of Skating with the Stars.

Skating with the Stars premieres November 22 and here is what we know about ABC's coolest new premiere. Actually, a version of the show called Skating with the Celebrities debuted in 2006 but is now back taking a note from its British successor of the same name.

Bethany Frankel on Skating with the Stars

Skating with the Stars is basically Dancing with the Stars, only it's on ice and has a British host.

British TV personality Vernon Kay will serve as the SWTS' Tom Bergeron while Team USA ice dancer, Tanitha Belbin, serves as a play-by-play commentator.

When we first revealed ABC's plans to slap some skates on a housewife and a rock legend, we couldn't help but wonder who their professional partners would be. Here's the skinny on the pros you'll see cutting the ice on Skating with the Stars.

Ethan Burgess and Bethenny Frankel

Ethan Burgess was the 2004 bronze medalist at the U.S. Championships with partner Keauna McLaughlin -- not to mention Jon Heder's stunt double in Blades of Glory.

Brooke Castile and Jonny Moseley

Brooke Castile is the 2007 U.S. pairs title winner.

Keauna McLaughlin and Brandon Mychal Smith

Keauna McLaughlin was actually Ethan Burgess' partner back in 2004 and 2005 taking the bronze medal with him at the U.S. Championships.

Vince NeilFred Palascak and Rebecca Budig

Fred Palascak is a two-time United States Eastern Sectional champion.

Denis Petukhov and Sean Young

From 2004 to 2007, Denis Petukhov was awarded silver medals at the U.S. Championships for ice dancing.

Jennifer Wester and Vince Neil

Jennifer Wester is the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy champion.

We were kind of hoping Johnny Weir would be taking part as one of the pros, but ABC did us one better. Olympic skater Johnny Weir will be a part of the judges' panel alongside Dick Button and Laurie Ann Gibson, the creative eyes driving Lady Gaga's choreography.

Will you be watching the premiere of Skating with the Stars November 22?

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Comments on "Skating with the Stars preview"

just me November 22, 2010 | 4:14 PM

Hmm, i know these pro skaters have accomplished alot. But they don't seem on par with the talent that skating with celebrities had, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Eisler etc... I love figure skating but can't quite imagine this going as well as it could with more notable pro skaters. They need some olympic medalist to really get my attention.

lang12 November 22, 2010 | 1:12 PM

I watched the first episode of Skating with the Celebrities in 2006. It was awful and boring. I don’t expect Skating with the Stars to be any better. With Button as a judge I definitely will not watch.

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