The much anticipated final performance of Battle of the Blades takes place, this Sunday, November 21. The finale will air Monday, November 22, on both nights at 8 pm [8:30 p.m. in NFLD] on CBC Television. Who will win the Battle of the Blades Crystal trophy and money for their favourite charity? You’ll have to watch to find out but here’s a quick peak at what kind of performances you can expect to see during this week’s finale of Battle of the Blades.
The top blades
The top three pairs include Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure. The winning pair will be awarded the coveted Crystal trophy and given a $100,000 donation to their favourite charity, $50,000 each if their charity differs.
Their charities include Shae-Lynn Bourne for Make-A-Wish Canada and Patrice Brisebois for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation; Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner for Heart And Stroke Foundation; Ekaterina Gordeeva for Cardiac Kids and Valeri Bure for Compassion Canada.
Christopher Dean to judge the finale
Sitting alongside head judge Sandra Bezic and permanent judge Jeremy Roenick is British Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World Champion, Christopher Dean, who along with ice dancer partner Jayne Torvill, rocked the skating world in their day.
This week the judges will only comment on each performances, but won’t score… That will be left up to the Canadian television viewers’ votes. The skating couples will offer up two performances, the first is the “Skaters’ Choice” both music and the routine’s direction is the choice of the pair. The second skate is their favourite performance of the competition.
Ron and Kurt will perform!
Viewers can look forward to an ensemble piece by all eight pairs of the competition, followed by the “Men of Blades” with co-hosts Ron MacLean — who has recently taken to figure skating and Kurt Browning performing with the eight ex-NHLers. Browning, then joins the “Women of Blades” for a figure skating spectacle.
The evening’s entertainment will reach new heights when pro, Violetta Afanasieva and her husband Pete Dack demonstrate “extreme” figure skating style — not for the faint-hearted!
Battle of the Blades is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. The executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht and show producers are Sandra Bezic and Sue Brophey. Battle of the Blades is produced by Insight Productions, who also producer the television hit, So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Visit CBC’s Battle of the Blades for more information.