Battle pairs prepare for the finale
As Battle of the Blades enters its final week, the remaining three
skating pairs are preparing for their most important performance yet:
the one that will determine their fate in this exhilarating
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Contenders for the winning title are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice
Brisebois; Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner; and Ekaterina "Katia"
Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.
Both Sunday's performance show and Monday's finale air 8 p.m. (8:30
NT) to 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), local time on CBC Television.
Joining the judging panel this week is British Olympic gold medallist
and four-time world figure skating champion, Christopher Dean. He and
his partner Jayne Torvill are arguably the greatest ice dancers in the
history of figure skating. He is looking forward to lending his
expertise while sitting alongside head judge Sandra Bezic and
permanent judge Jeremy Roenick as they comment on each of the
performances but do not assign a score. Only Canada can declare the
winning pair, as determined by the highest number of votes.
The final battle begins on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), when the top three pairs are given two last opportunities to impress Canadians and the judging panel.
The first performance is "Skaters' Choice" where the music and
direction of the routine is selected by the pair. The second skate is
the pair's favourite performance of the season - the one they feel
best highlights their skill and personality.
The Battle of the Blades finale airs Monday, November 22 from 8
p.m. (8:30 NT) to 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) local time with an action-packed
show featuring familiar faces, incredible performances and, of course,
the announcement of this season's winning pair.
Kicking things off is an ensemble piece by all eight pairs of the
competition, followed by the "Men of Blades" with co-hosts Ron MacLean
and Kurt Browning performing alongside the eight ex-NHLers.
Next, Kurt joins the "Women of Blades" for a figure skating spectacle
and the action continues as Violetta Afanasieva and her husband Pete
Dack treat audiences to their "extreme" skating style - hula-hoop's
After the winning pair has been awarded the Crystal Trophy and
performed one last time together, they will ceremoniously hand over
the $100,000 donation to their chosen charity, or $50,000 each if the
pair is splitting their support. The charities are: 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