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Battle of the Blades

Event: Battle of the Blades
Date: Sep. 18 - Nov. 14, 2011
Location: MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence
Etobicoke, ON
Participants: Pairs:
Violetta Afanasieva & Cale Hulse (Canadian Cancer Society)
Tanith Belbin & Boyd Devereaux (The Montreal Neurological Institute (Tanith)/Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce (Boyd)
Elena Berezhnaya & Curtis Leschyshyn (Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan)
David Pelletier & Tessa Bonhomme (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 'CIBC Run for the Cure' (Tessa)/Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta (David)
Marie-France Dubreuil & Bryan Berard (Do It For Daron (DIFD))
Marcy Hinzmann-Harris & Todd Simpson (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Marcy)/YMCA Strong Kids Campaign - Central Okanagan (Todd))
Anabelle Langlois & Brad May (Autism Speaks)
Kim Navarro & Russ Courtnall (Tourette's Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital)

Hosts: Kurt Browning, Ron MacLean

Judges: Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick, rotating guest judge

Digital Correspondent: Maura Grierson
Details: Battle of the Blades will premiere on Sep. 18 with "Game On", the intro episode, and air at 8PM on Sunday and Monday nights. The live performances start Sep. 25. According to the Battle of the Blades blog, the first live performances will be split between two one-hour shows on Sep. 25 and Sep. 26. There will be no elimination in the first week, but the performances will count towards the final elimination in week 2. Subsequent weeks feature performance shows on Sundays, followed by "skate-off" results shows on Mondays. The finale weekend is Nov. 13-14.

For the first time, a female hockey player (Tessa Bonhomme) will pair up with a male figure skater (David Pelletier) and compete against the rest of the pairs.

The judges have a one-time save to use to save one couple from elimination.

The kick-off episode 9/18 will feature a memorial to intended season 3 cast member and former NHLer Wade Belak, who passed away in Toronto Aug. 31, during training for Battle of the Blades.

Russ Courtnall, who was the first hockey player eliminated last season in Battle of the Blades, has been brought in to skate with Kim Navarro.

Week 1:
Guest Judge: Darcy Tucker
Theme: Rock
Week 2:
Guest Judge: Theo Fleury
Theme: Passion
Out: Marcy Hinzmann-Harris & Todd Simpson
Week 3:
Guest Judge: Mark Napier, Paul Martini (Sunday), Shae-Lynn Bourne-Turok(Monday)
Theme: The Beat
Out: Kim Navarro & Russ Courtnall
Week 4:
Guest Judge: Bryan Trottier, Bryan Orser
Theme: Canadian Songbook
Out: Save used on Anabelle Langlois & Brad May
Week 5:
Guest Judge: Chris Nilan
Theme: Fans' Choice Playlist
Out: Anabelle Langlois & Brad May
Week 6:
Guest Judge: Katarina Witt
Theme: Halloween
Out: Violetta Afanasieva & Cale Hulse
Week 7:
Guest Judge: Christopher Dean
Theme: Duets
Out: Elena Berezhnaya & Curtis Leschyshyn
Week 8:
Guest Judge: Don Cherry
Theme: Skaters' Choice
Winner: Tessa Bonhomme & David Pelletier
2nd Place: Marie-France Dubreuil & Bryan Berard>br> 3rd Place: Tanith Belbin & Boyd Devereaux

Ticket Info: Sunday night competition show: $12.00
Monday night results show: $8.00

Tickets on sale via Ticketmaster (416-870-8000).
Tickets for the first four shows (Sep. 25/26, Oct. 2/3) go on sale Friday Sep. 16 at noon ET via Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the remaining shows, besides the finale, will go on sale the Friday a week before the show at noon:
  • Friday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET: October 9-10 shows
  • Friday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET: October 16-17 shows
  • Friday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. ET: October 23-24 shows
  • Friday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m. ET: October 30-31 shows
  • Friday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET: November 6-7 shows
  • Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET: November 13-14 shows Limit 4 tickets per order. Tickets must be picked up in advance at any Ticketmaster outlet, and will not be sold at the door.

    According to the Battle of the Blades Tickets page, there will be a Rush Line outside of the MCC ahead of each show. At approximately 6:30PM, any unclaimed tickets will be distributed to the Rush Line.

    For more details, visit the Battle of the Blades Tickets page. Audience members must be in their seats by 6:30PM.
  • Airdate: CBC, Sep. 18 - Nov. 14, 2011
    Performance shows - Sundays @8PM
    Results shows - Mondays @8PM
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