Don Cherry guest judges Battle of the Blades; Kurt Browning to perform

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  • Frank Sinatra musical theme for the second week of the series and Kurt Browning to perform on Monday’s skate-off show

Renowned Canadian celebrity and hockey commentator Don Cherry will appear as a guest judge for the second week of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, Oct. 11 and Monday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., on CBC Television. The music of Frank Sinatra will set the tone as the competition heats up for the remaining seven pairs contending to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

Now in his remarkable 30th season on CBC, Cherry entertains and enthralls Canadians with his commentary every Saturday night on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. This week, he will bring his unique perspective to figure skating as he shares his thoughts on all performances. Cherry joins regular judges Sandra Bezic and Dick Button. All three will preside over both evenings and determine who of the bottom two ranking pairs—as determined by viewer votes—gets iced on Monday’s skate-off show.

As for the evening’s music—there is only one Sinatra. This classic crooner’s legendary songs about life and love continue to cross generations and find new fans. Viewers can expect to be enthralled as the remaining seven pairs perform live to his illustrious hits. This is also a fitting tribute given that Frank Sinatra performed live at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1970s.

Show co-host and mentor Kurt Browning will bring an added flare of excitement with a special performance during Monday’s skate-off show, on Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Having electrified fans from around the world, he will bring his own ice skating magic to historic Maple Leaf Gardens, blending the world of both ice sports by performing in hockey skates.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything about BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to competition recap videos and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.