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Battle of the Blades names its winner

Amanda Evora and Scott Thornton

From a media release:

CANADA’S VOTES WERE COUNTED AND THE BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ SEASON FOUR CHAMPIONS ARE AMANDA EVORA & SCOTT THORNTON

In perhaps the most enthralling season ever for the CBC original BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Amanda Evora & Scott Thornton were crowned Season Four champions in a grand spectacle tonight. Having received the most votes from coast to coast, following an extended voting period ending Friday, the final outcome caps off an exhilarating season. It was seven intense weeks of twists and turns, both dramatically and on the ice, with perhaps the most advanced all around skating ever seen on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

After two routines last week and stellar praise from Kurt Browning and fellow judges Jamie Salé and P.J. Stock, it was up to Canada’s votes alone to determine the winner as the judges didn’t score the final performances. The numbers were close between the three finalists – Violetta Afanasieva & Jason Strudwick, Marie-France Dubreuil & Mathieu Dandenault, and Amanda Evora & Scott Thornton – but when the snow fell at the end of it, it was Amanda & Scott who would earn the most votes and be declared champions of Season Four.

Canada’s votes for Amanda & Scott were also a major gift for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with a $100,000 donation as result. Second runners up Violetta Afanasieva & Jason Strudwick and third runners up Marie-France Dubreuil & Mathieu Dandenault will receive $35,000 and $30,000 respectively for their charities.

It was a jam-packed finale with all 16 skaters returning for a special group number to start the show. Having hoisted 10 Stanley Cups and brandishing four Olympic medals among them, the highly decorated Season Four skaters looked on as the three final pairs performed a special sextet to celebrate the season. Fans also enjoyed a special performance from Kurt Browning and a guest routine from Mini Blades champions Georgia-Ann Reidl and Austin Martell.

New for Season Four, the Mini Blades competitions were a partnership between CBC and Skate Canada where select clubs were invited to host their own Mini Blades competitions, to serve as a fundraising initiative and to spotlight local skating clubs across Canada. Georgie and Austin hail from the Stayner Skating Club of Stayner, ON.

Fans can also watch the final Season Four winners, judges, choreographers and host Ron MacLean reflect on the past seven weeks in a one hour episode, which will air Dec. 1 at 8 p.m (8:30 NT). Loaded with exclusive footage and behind the scenes revelations, BATTLE OF THE BLADES devotees can celebrate the stories from a riveting season.

Amanda & Scott join an elite group of skaters with Season One champions Jamie Salé & Craig Simpson, Season Two Champions Ekaterina Gordeeva & Valeri Bure, and Season Three Champions David Pelletier & Tessa Bonhomme. As Season Four concludes, BATTLE OF THE BLADES has raised over $1 million for various charities since the first episode aired in 2009.

First time participant Amanda Evora is two-time U.S. Pairs Silver Medallist and the first ever Filipino-American to compete in the Winter Olympics. Her partner Scott Thornton was drafted third overall in 1989 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and in his 18-year NHL career also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.
BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the highest-rated original Canadian format of all time. Combining athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports, figure skating and hockey, eight World and Olympic figure skaters pair up with eight NHL hockey greats in the ultimate skating competition for charity. Anchoring CBC’s 2013 Fall Sunday night schedule, BATTLE OF THE BLADES airs at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC.

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New Sunday: Heartland, Battle of the Blades, Meet The Family

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Heartland, CBC – “Best Man”
When an old friend turns to Ty for help, Ty is torn between his ties to the past and his loyalties to his family at Heartland.

Battle Of The Blades, CBC – “Final – Champion Revealed”

Meet The Family, City – “Dimwit Dad”
Justin and Stephanie are taking their relationship to the next level: meeting the family. What Justin doesn’t know is that Stephanie’s family is played by actors determined to give him a hard time. But it won’t be easy: Mom shows him a grisly crime scene, Dad’s a clinical moron who entertains himself by throwing sandwiches at the fan, and brother Jason has rabies. Worst of all, sister Hannah needs a new groom after being left at the altar – and Justin would be the perfect replacement.

Battle of the Blades’ Kurt Browning on winning the battle

From Bill Harris of QMI:

Go figure; Kurt Browning says a win is a win on Battle of the Blades
Kurt Browning seems a little sheepish as he says it. But there’s no need for him to be. We would expect this sort of attitude from a world-class athlete. “You like winning,” Browning says. “I’m sorry, but you like winning.” Browning was attempting to explain what happens to the participants on Battle of the Blades. The fourth season of CBC’s reality-competition series, which pairs figure skaters with ex-hockey players in a figure-skating competition, wraps up with its big finale on Sunday, Nov. 17. Continue reading.

Two teams eliminated on Battle of the Blades

Sinead Kerr & Grant Marshall (1)

From a media release:

IT’S AN EXTRA CHILLING WEEK SIX AS TWO PAIRS ARE ICED IN THE FIRST EVER DOUBLE ELIMINATION ON BATTLE OF THE BLADES

At the conclusion of tonight’s red hot “Tribute to the Winter Olympics” episode, two pairs found themselves frozen out of the competition on CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES – a first for the series. Jessica Dubé and Brian Savage along with Marie-France Dubreuil and Mathieu Dandenault would start as the bottom two pairs, with the lowest combined scores and votes from last week’s “Iconic Duos” episode, and entered the “Skate Off”. After each pair skated, Jessica & Brian received the lowest overall score and were automatically Iced as a result.

It was a demanding homecoming for guest judge and reigning BATTLE OF THE BLADES champion David Pelletier, as he and fellow judges Jamie Salé and P.J. Stock would determine the second pair to be Iced based solely on their lowest overall score for tonight’s routines. With their marks tallied, the judges’ scores sealed the fate for Sinead Kerr and Grant Marshall, the final pair to be Iced tonight in the first ever double elimination on Battle of the Blades.

First-time BATTLE OF THE BLADES contender Jessica Dubé is a World Pair Bronze Medallist, three-time Canadian Pairs Champion and two-time Olympian. Her partner Brian Savage won silver with Team Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics and was assistant captain of the Montreal Canadiens for nine seasons during his 12-year NHL career.

Sinead Kerr, a two-time Olympian in 2006 and 2010 and a seven-time British Ice Dance Champion, partnered with Grant Marshall, who overcame temporary paralysis as a junior hockey player to play 700 NHL games and become a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils.

The judges toughest decision to date results in $12,500 cheques for Jessica`s charity Multiple Sclerosis of Canada, Brian`s charity Ten Rainbows: Meghan`s Wings, Sinead`s charity Autism Speaks Canada and Grant`s charity Parachute (Think First).

The pressure is on for the Season Four finalists Violetta Afanasieva and Jason Strudwick, Amanda Evora and Scott Thornton and Marie-France Dubreuil and Mathieu Dandenault.

New for Season Four are the Mini Blades competitions. CBC in partnership with Skate Canada invited select clubs to host their own Mini Blades competitions, to serve as a fundraising initiative and spotlight local skating clubs across Canada. The results are in and fans can watch and vote for the Mini Blades performances online at www.cbc.ca/battle until Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. MEDIA NOTE: There is no voting for tonight’s pairs, voting will resume after the Nov. 10 performances.

Also new for Season Four, BATTLE OF THE BLADES fans will have the opportunity to earn extra votes and participate in the show like never before, with special games and challenges for supporters to help their pairs get closer to the ultimate $100,000 prize for charity. Next Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) the finalists will skate two routines – one new and their favourite routine from this season. The audience votes will be the only factor in determining the Season Four champions as the judges’ scores will not be counted. The winner will be crowned in a special gala presentation on Nov. 17.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the highest-rated original Canadian format of all time. Combining athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports, figure skating and hockey, eight World and Olympic figure skaters pair up with eight NHL hockey greats in the ultimate skating competition for charity. Anchoring CBC’s 2013 Fall Sunday night schedule, BATTLE OF THE BLADES airs at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC.