"Battle of the Blades" is back!!

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:12 pm

Voting opens following each and runs until the following Tuesday at noon. You may vote once per day at: https://www.cbc.ca/battlevote/

At the top of that page you will find "tabs" for streaming, more information about the skaters, etc.

Everything Battle at: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoftheblades

The stage is set for tonight
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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:52 pm

While you're waiting - an ET Canada preview: https://etcanada.com/video/5063f7d8-da4 ... 19729610=1

And a look back at the first Battle of the Blades 10 years ago: https://www.cbc.ca/archives/ten-years-a ... -1.5287438 [With bonus images & video of Barb Underhill :) ]

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:50 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed last night's premiere episode where we got to meet all the competitors. Only 6 of the 7 couples performed - Violetta & PJ were given a "pass" due to his late replacement of Colby. The latter made a great judge!

A photo posted on Twitter by Sandra Bezic of the whole group at the finale
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Don't forget that you can vote once a day until noon EDT on Tuesday at: https://www.cbc.ca/battlevote/
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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by happyheini » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:44 pm

It was a great show, and the skaters will only get better with time.

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:38 am

PJ Kwong's "day after" report on night one: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5291698

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by happyheini » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:26 pm

spot-on. looking forward to the next phase.

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is returning!! Sept. 19th premiere!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:44 pm

Colby Armstrong was so popular/did so well in his guest judge appearance last week that he has been confirmed as a regular judge for the remainder of the BOTB series.

Guest judges tonight (Sept. 26th) will be the one and only Barb Underhill Image
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Darcy, based on the photo he posted on Twitter, apparently did some figure skating in his younger years - they're already trying to get him to compete in the next season!
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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:05 pm

At the end of the day, one couple had to be eliminated - the head judge didn't vote the same way as these three...

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by happyheini » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:11 pm

I am so impressed with the quality of skating by all teams. It is amazing what those hockey players can do. I feel sorry for Eric, but Amanda was still quite tentative and "stiff". She was so concentrating on her moves she wasn't able to smile. And, one pair will be eliminated each week. It's tough to be the first one.

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:52 pm

Some interesting comments from Vanessa James about competing in BOTB, competing or France, etc.: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5294267

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:11 pm

This week's guest judge is a familiar face from BOTB of the past :D

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:08 pm

PJ Kwong on week 3 and the 2nd elimination: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5309282

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:13 am

An interesting interview with Vanessa James & partner Brian McGrattan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHMyPijM9WM

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:12 am

This week's guest judge is Sarah Nurse, an Olympic hockey medalist

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:44 pm

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PJ Kwong's "take" on this week's episode: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... 3Dsharebar

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:22 pm

This week's celebrity guest judge will be Meagan Duhamel -
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I guess there's no conflict of interest since Eric is no longer competing :(

Will there only be one couple eliminated this week?

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by kittykins » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:00 am

I am very impressed with how well Sheldon Kennedy is doing. I really liked the Smile performance.
The anniversary of my 50 years of watching skating!

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:15 pm

Apparently it's R & B week, this week.
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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by happyheini » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:16 pm

Got caught up with the series and could come back to board . I stayed away in case of spoilers. I am always blown away with the quality of the skates especially by the hockey players. Sheldon Kennedy is amazing and now he is even smiling and having fun, after all he is 50 years old. And Meghan looks so different she must be looking forward to the baby.

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:01 pm

Tessa & Scott are back as guest judges; yesterday they received their honourary doctorates at the University of Western Ontario.

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:04 pm

Elvis & Don Jackson enjoying tonight's show in person
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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:21 pm

PJ Kwong on Thursday night's show: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... 3Dsharebar

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Season 5 of "Battle of the Blades" is almost finished!!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:43 pm

The final episode is tomorrow evening, October 31st at 8 p.m. (9AT/9:30NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.

The winning couple will be announced, based solely on the fans voting after last week's performances which were not given judges' scores.

Apparently all of the competitors are back for the finale, there will be some group numbers, and, in preparation, they all enjoyed a game of shinny (hockey)!
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Each of the previous episodes is available to watch via CBC Gem: https://gem.cbc.ca/season/battle-of-the ... 79592c61d4

Sandra Bezic shared her thoughts on her favourite moments from this season:
https://twitter.com/i/status/1189307525243506694

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Re: "Battle of the Blades" is back!!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:25 pm

PJ Kwong on the finale: https://t.co/NVdkmlpFge?amp=1

The winners were "doing the rounds" of the media today, not just CBC.

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