Battle of the Blades eliminates Underhill & Duguay

Barb-and-RonFrom a media release:


  • Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi back for another week

Barbara Underhill and Ron Duguay, one of the hardest working pairs in the competition, were the third pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi are the third pair to be saved, joining the four remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the third week of competition were Underhill and Duguay, who skated to Michael Bublé’s Sway, and Hough-Sweeney and Domi, who performed their routine to Gerardo’s Rico Suave. Both pairs performed again before the panel of judges, Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judge George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC’s The Hour, for a final chance to remain on the show.

All three judges agreed Underhill and Duguay’s performance hit the mark musically and Bezic thanked them for their commitment throughout the competition, calling Underhill in particular a “role model”. For their efforts, Underhill’s Canadian charity, Bloorview Kids Rehab, will receive a $12,500 donation, and Duguay’s charity, World Vision Canada, will receive a $12,500 donation.

The five pairs returning to compete on Sunday, October 25 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux, Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer, Jodeyne Higgins and Ken Daneyko, Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson.

The soulful sounds of R&B will be the musical theme for the show next week, giving contestants a chance to groove and glide to its powerful lyrics and undeniable rhythms.

Reigning World Champion Yu-Na Kim will grace the ice with a guest performance for the skate-off show on Monday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. Kim, training under Canada’s own skating legend Brian Orser, is considered to be one of the favourites for the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

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 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.


4 thoughts on “Battle of the Blades eliminates Underhill & Duguay”

  1. WHAT A BLOW!!! it has been such an incredible joy watching Ron Duguay and Barbara Underhill skate and I am personally DEVASTATED that they were eliminated this early!!! as are many friends!! they are incredible role models for all ages and their skating was amazing – starting with the first week. OMG – “Unchain My Heart” absolutely smoldered!! and what was with the judging last night?? it was like somebody said they needed Domi for the ratings. but Daneyko stumbled twice Sunday night!! what is going on. and before Domi even skated, Bezic was giving Barb Underhill the kissoff!! Thought the choreography for Duguay and Underhill Sunday was not as strong as it had been, but they skated way better Monday night – than they had the night before – and WAY better than Ti and Tuffy!!! PLEASE BRING DUGUAY AND UNDERHILL BACK – SOMEHOW, SOME WAY!! they were gorgeous to watch.

  2. -agree, yes Duguay and Underhill were a pleasure to watch.

    Don’t forget, lots of politics in figure skating – maybe Bezec didn’t like Underhill – if I had to guess. Anyway they were great.

    The other members of the team are doing well but can’t figure out the judges eliminated Underhill and Duguay – perhaps someone else has thoughts on this.

  3. I would have liked to see them go further also. Was a big fan of the “older couple” (I am Ron’s age so was rooting for them. Anyway, they did not pull out all the stops on week 3. I really think they should have stayed on hockey skates. More lifts would have been good, and they needed that one move to set them apart from the others. Personally, Shay Lynn and Claude Lemieux should walk away with this. Who would have thought the most hated player in the NHL and one of the dirtiest would actually appear to be a real figure skater.

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