Copying the format of ABC's unique series and simply moving the participants from the ballroom floor to the ice rink, Fox's seven-episode Skating With Celebrities series will feature six celebrities paired up with well-known professional figure skaters. Like Dancing with the Stars, Skating With Celebrities' pairs will compete in weekly elimination performances.
Hosted by Olympic gold medalist and world champion Scott Hamilton, Skating With Celebrities will feature a judging panel that will include Dorothy Hamill, who, like Hamilton, is another of America's Olympic gold medalist and world figure skating champions.
"For most people, it's tough enough to learn these types of moves while on the dance floor or working out in the gym," FOX vice president Mike Darnell stated in the network's cast announcement.. "This competition will require our celebrity skaters to not only demonstrate rhythm, but also athleticism, grace and balance... on ice, and before a team of unforgiving judges with both Olympic and world championship experience. No doubt there will be plenty of falls, bruises and scary moments."
"All of the celebrities in the competition not only have the ability to skate, but the desire to excel and become great. What's really interesting is that even at the training level, a competition between the pairs is already developing," added Skating With Celebrities executive producer Arthur Smith.
The six pairs who will be competing on Skating With Celebrities (which Fox is expected to air as part of its midseason schedule) are:
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