Battle of the Blades (season 3)

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Battle of the Blades
(season 3)
Battle of the Blades Season 3 Teaser.png
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 17
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Original run September 18, 2011 – November 14, 2011
Additional information
Celebrity winner Tessa Bonhomme
Professional winner David Pelletier
Season chronology
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The third season of Battle of the Blades premiered on September 18, 2011 as a part of CBC's fall line-up. Like previous seasons, this season showcases a lineup of 8 couples.

Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning return as the show's hosts, with the addition of Virgin Radio 999 DJ Maura Grierson as the "Battle Correspondent", providing viewers a look backstage during the competition. Sandra Bezic continues as the head judge, with Jeremy Roenick as the other regular judge. This season will continue to have one rotating guest judge every week. The show venue for this season is MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.[1]

Like the previous season, the September 18th season premiere was actually a preview of the competition, entitled "Battle of the Blades: Game On". It documented the announcement of the cast, training camp and partner assignments of the eight couples, and was dedicated to deceased competitor Wade Belak.[2] The first competition night was broadcast live on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Due to public demand, there was no elimination in week 1, with the first couple eliminated in week 2.

This season introduces "The Judges' Save", which can be used to save a couple from elimination should they be voted off after the Monday night Skate-Off. However, it can only be used once during the entire season and only with the consensus of all judges.

Casting[edit]

The official cast announcement was made on the morning of August 22, 2011 on the show's website. It was revealed that the first female hockey player competitor would be cast this season: Olympic Women's Hockey gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme. She is partnered with Olympic Pairs Figure Skating gold medalist David Pelletier. The announcement also revealed six of the seven remaining male NHL hockey players and the all skating professionals. The seven female professionals this season include previous participants Marie-France Dubreuil (season 1 second runner-up), Anabelle Langlois (season 2), Violetta Afanasieva (season 2), and first-timers Elena Berezhnaya, Tanith Belbin, Kim Navarro, and Marcy Hinzmann-Harris. The partnering of competitors beyond Bonhomme & Pelletier were not announced at the time.[3]

On August 30, 2011, former Calgary Flames team captain Todd Simpson confirmed on his Twitter page that he is the eighth hockey player participant of the season.[4]

On August 31, 2011, competitor Wade Belak died less than one month before the scheduled premiere.[5] CBC stated that Belak's death would not affect the show's premiere but did not announce at that time if Belak's spot would be replaced by another hockey player.[6] CBC announced the season would open with a dedication to Belak, with footage of his final days training for the competition shown during the preview show, "Game On".[2]

At the end of the programme "Game On", it was announced that Kim Navarro, originally Wade Belak's partner, would now be skating with former participant Russ Courtnall. Courtnall participated in season 2 with Christine Hough-Sweeney and was the first couple eliminated. Courtnall and Navarro are competing for Belak's original charity of choice, Tourette Syndrome and Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital.[7] Courtnall is the first hockey player participant to compete in more than one season.

Couples[edit]

Hockey player Team(s) played Professional partner Charity playing for Status
Simpson, ToddTodd Simpson
Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers
Phoenix Coyotes
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Montreal Canadiens
Hinzmann-Harris, MarcyMarcy Hinzmann-Harris
YMCA’s Y Strong Kids Campaign (Simpson)
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Hinzmann-Harris)
Eliminated 1st
on October 3, 2011
Courtnall, RussRuss Courtnall
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Dallas Stars
Vancouver Canucks
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Navarro, KimKim Navarro
Tourette Syndrome and Neurodevelopmental Clinic
at the Toronto Western Hospital
Eliminated 2nd
on October 10, 2011
May, BradBrad May
Buffalo Sabres
Vancouver Canucks
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Anaheim Ducks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Langlois, AnabelleAnabelle Langlois
Autism Speaks
Eliminated 3rd
on October 24, 2011
Hulse, CaleCale Hulse
New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Afanasieva, ViolettaVioletta Afanasieva
Canadian Cancer Society
Eliminated 4th
on October 31, 2011
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn
Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators
Berezhnaya, ElenaElena Berezhnaya
Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
Eliminated 5th
on November 7, 2011
Devereaux, BoydBoyd Devereaux
Phoenix Coyotes
Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Belbin, TanithTanith Belbin
Epilepsy Ontario, Huron-Perth-Bruce (Devereaux)
Montreal Neurological Institute (Belbin)
Third Place
on November 14, 2011
Berard, BryanBryan Berard
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Dubreuil, Marie-FranceMarie-France Dubreuil
Do it for Daron (DIFD)
with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
Second Place
on November 14, 2011
Bonhomme, TessaTessa Bonhomme
Toronto Aeros
Mississauga Chiefs
Ohio State Buckeyes
Pelletier, DavidDavid Pelletier
Run for the Cure (Bonhomme)
Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (Pelletier)
Winners
on November 14, 2011

Scoring Chart[edit]

Red numbers indicate the couples with the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the couples with the highest score for each week.
     indicates the couple eliminated that week.
     indicates the returning couple(s) that finished in the bottom two/three.
     indicates the returning couple that was saved by the judges using "The Judges' Save" after being eliminated in the Skate-Off the same night.
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple.
     indicates the third-place couple.
Team Place 1 2 1+2 3 4 5 6 7 8[a]
Tessa & David 1 17.0 16.6 33.6 16.4 17.1 17.1 17.5 17.6
Bryan & Marie-France 2 16.5 16.6 33.1 16.7 16.9 17.5 17.4 18.0
Boyd & Tanith 3 16.2 17.1 33.3 16.5 17.0 17.3 17.8 17.7
Curtis & Elena 4 16.4 16.5 32.9 16.3 17.1 17.2 16.9 17.4
Cale & Violetta 5 16.6 16.4 33.0 16.6 17.2 16.8 17.6
Brad & Anabelle 6 16.2 16.9 33.1 16.7 16.9 16.8
Russ & Kim 7 16.7 16.5 33.2 16.7
Todd & Marcy 8 16.5 16.6 33.1

Skate-Off Chart[edit]

Week Bottom Two Couples
(Weeks 5, 7: Bottom Three)
Music Judges' Vote to Eliminate Eliminated Couple "The Judges' Save"
Used
2
Cale & Violetta
"Love to Love" – Jill Scott
0
(NIL)
Todd & Marcy
No
Todd & Marcy
"Apologize" – OneRepublic
3
(Theo, Sandra, Jeremy)
3
Russ & Kim
"Dancing Fool" – Barry Manilow
2
(Sandra, Shae-Lynn)
Russ & Kim
No
Boyd & Tanith
"She Wants to Move" – N.E.R.D (featuring Alesha Dixon)
1
(Mark)
4
Cale & Violetta
"She's So High" – Tal Bachman
0
(NIL)
Brad & Anabelle
( Saved using Judges' Save )
YES
Brad & Anabelle
"Come Fly with Me" – Michael Bublé
3
(Bryan, Sandra, Brian)
5[b]
Curtis & Elena
"Give Me Everything" – Pitbull (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer)
0
(NIL)
Brad & Anabelle
Not Applicable
Brad & Anabelle
"Electric" – Shawn Desman
3
(Chris, Sandra, Jeremy)
Cale & Violetta
"Suddenly I See" – KT Tunstall
0
(NIL)
6
Cale & Violetta
"Love Potion No. 9" – The Clovers
3
(Katarina, Sandra, Jeremy)
Cale & Violetta
Not Applicable
Boyd & Tanith
"Tore My Heart" – OONA
0
(NIL)
7[c]
Curtis & Elena
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – Casey Desmond, Jeff Jenkins
3
(Christopher, Sandra, Jeremy)
Curtis & Elena
Not Applicable
Bryan & Marie-France
"If I Can't Have You" – Etta James, Harvey Fuqua
0
(NIL)
Tessa & David
"It's Only Love" – Bryan Adams, Tina Turner
0
(NIL)
Notes
  • a ^ Skates in Week 8 were not scored by the judges.
  • b ^ Week 5 resulted in a Three-Way Skate-Off due to 0.03% separating 4th and 5th place after the combination of judges' score and viewer's voting. The organizers decided that because of the close margin, the 4th place couple would also participate in the Skate-Off. However, the exact placements of the Bottom 3 couples were not revealed.
  • c ^ Week 7 resulted in a Three-Way Skate-Off due to 0.002% separating 2nd and 3rd place after the combination of judges' score and viewer's voting. The organizers decided that because of the close margin, the 2nd place couple would also participate in the Skate-Off. However, the exact placements of the Bottom 3 couples were not revealed.

Average chart[edit]

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total Number of
skates
Average
1 2 Bryan & Marie-France 119.6 7 17.09
1 3 Boyd & Tanith 119.6 7 17.09
3 1 Tessa & David 119.3 7 17.04
4 5 Cale & Violetta 101.2 6 16.87
5 4 Curtis & Elena 117.8 7 16.83
6 6 Brad & Anabelle 83.5 5 16.70
7 7 Russ & Kim 49.9 3 16.63
8 8 Todd & Marcy 33.1 2 16.55

Weekly themes and guest judges[edit]

Week Theme Guest Judge(s)
1
Rock N' Roll Darcy Tucker
2
Passion Theoren Fleury
3
The Beat Mark Napier
Paul Martini (substituting for Jeremy Roenick on Sunday)
Shae-Lynn Bourne (substituting for Jeremy Roenick on Monday)
4
The Great Canadian Songbook Bryan Trottier
Brian Orser (substituting for Jeremy Roenick)
5
Fans' Music Choice Chris Nilan
6
Hallowe'en Katarina Witt
7
Duets Christopher Dean
8
Skaters' Choice & Reprise Skate Don Cherry (Sunday only)

Individual scores & songs[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Darcy Tucker, Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Brad & Anabelle
16.2
(5.4, 5.4, 5.4)
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" – Nickelback
Cale & Violetta
16.6
(5.5, 5.6, 5.5)
"E.T." – Katy Perry
Boyd & Tanith
16.2
(5.6, 5.3, 5.3)
"Innocent" – Our Lady Peace
Bryan & Marie-France
16.5
(5.5, 5.5, 5.5)
"Rocketeer" – Far East Movement (featuring Ryan Tedder)
Russ & Kim
16.7
(5.6, 5.6, 5.5)
"Hero" – Chad Kroeger (featuring Josey Scott)
Curtis & Elena
16.4
(5.5, 5.4, 5.5)
"Animal" – Neon Trees
Todd & Marcy
16.5
(5.5, 5.5, 5.5)
"Fire" – Raghav
Tessa & David
17.0
(5.7, 5.7, 5.6)
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" – Pat Benatar

Week 2[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Theoren Fleury, Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Cale & Violetta
16.4
(5.5, 5.4, 5.5)
"Love to Love" – Jill Scott
Todd & Marcy
16.6
(5.4, 5.6, 5.6)
"Apologize" – OneRepublic
Russ & Kim
16.5
(5.6, 5.4, 5.5)
"Buttons" – Pussycat Dolls
Curtis & Elena
16.5
(5.5, 5.5, 5.5)
"The Crow and the Butterfly" – Shinedown
Tessa & David
16.6
(5.6, 5.3, 5.7)
"Cold as Ice" – Foreigner
Bryan & Marie-France
16.6
(5.5, 5.5, 5.6)
"Lost Together" – Blue Rodeo
Boyd & Tanith
17.1
(5.7, 5.7, 5.7)
"Jar of Hearts" – Christina Perri
Brad & Anabelle
16.9
(5.6, 5.6, 5.7)
"I am a Natural Born Lover" – David Wilcox

Week 3[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Mark Napier, Sandra Bezic, Paul Martini.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Boyd & Tanith
16.5
(5.6, 5.5, 5.4)
"She Wants to Move" – N.E.R.D (featuring Alesha Dixon)
Brad & Anabelle
16.7
(5.6, 5.6, 5.5)
"I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" – Scissor Sisters
Bryan & Marie-France
16.7
(5.5, 5.7, 5.5)
"Elevatas" – Robin Thicke
Tessa & David
16.4
(5.5, 5.4, 5.5)
"Return of the Mack" – Mark Morrison
Cale & Violetta
16.6
(5.6, 5.6, 5.4)
"Mr. Saxobeat" – Alexandra Stan
Curtis & Elena
16.3
(5.5, 5.4, 5.4)
"Hello" – Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Russ & Kim
16.7
(5.6, 5.6, 5.5)
"Dancing Fool" – Barry Manilow

Week 4[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Bryan Trottier, Sandra Bezic, Brian Orser.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Bryan & Marie-France
16.9
(5.6, 5.8, 5.5)
"Sk8er Boi" – Avril Lavigne
Cale & Violetta
17.2
(5.6, 5.8, 5.8)
"She's So High" – Tal Bachman
Tessa & David
17.1
(5.7, 5.7, 5.7)
"Long Time Running" – The Tragically Hip
Curtis & Elena
17.1
(5.7, 5.7, 5.7)
"Let's Go Higher" – Johnny Reid
Brad & Anabelle
16.9
(5.7, 5.6, 5.6)
"Come Fly with Me" – Michael Bublé
Boyd & Tanith
17.0
(5.7, 5.7, 5.6)
"Black Velvet" – Alannah Myles

Week 5[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Chris Nilan, Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Brad & Anabelle
16.8
(5.6, 5.6, 5.6)
"Electric" – Shawn Desman
Tessa & David
17.1
(5.7, 5.7, 5.7)
"Breakaway" – Kelly Clarkson
Boyd & Tanith
17.3
(5.8, 5.7, 5.8)
"Fever" – Michael Bublé
Cale & Violetta
16.8
(5.6, 5.6, 5.6)
"Suddenly I See" – KT Tunstall
Curtis & Elena
17.2
(5.7, 5.8, 5.7)
"Give Me Everything" – Pitbull (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer)
Bryan & Marie-France
17.5
(5.7, 5.9, 5.9)
"Can't Help Falling in Love" – Elvis Presley

Week 6[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Katarina Witt, Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Curtis & Elena
16.9
(5.6, 5.6, 5.7)
"Ladies and Gentlemen" – Saliva
Bryan & Marie-France
17.4
(5.8, 5.8, 5.8)
"Tainted Love" – Marilyn Manson
Boyd & Tanith
17.8
(6.0, 5.9, 5.9)
"Tore My Heart" – OONA
Cale & Violetta
17.6
(5.8, 5.9, 5.9)
"Love Potion No. 9" – The Clovers
Tessa & David
17.5
(5.9, 5.8, 5.8)
"Haunted House" – Elvira

Week 7[edit]

Individual judges scores in charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right:
Christopher Dean, Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Tessa & David
17.6
(5.8, 5.9, 5.9)
"It's Only Love" – Bryan Adams, Tina Turner
Curtis & Elena
17.4
(5.8, 5.8, 5.8)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – Casey Desmond, Jeff Jenkins
Boyd & Tanith
17.7
(5.9, 5.9, 5.9)
"Falling Slowly" – Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
Bryan & Marie-France
18.0
(6.0, 6.0, 6.0)
"If I Can't Have You" – Etta James, Harvey Fuqua

Week 8[edit]

None of the skates in Week 8 were scored.

Running order
Couple Score Music
Tessa & David Not scored "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" – These Kids Wear Crowns
Not scored "Long Time Running" – The Tragically Hip
Bryan & Marie-France Not scored "Wish You Were Here" – Avril Lavigne
Not scored "Sk8er Boi" – Avril Lavigne
Boyd & Tanith Not scored "Seven Day Fool" – Jully Black
Not scored "Jar of Hearts" – Christina Perri

Weekly ratings[edit]

Weekly ratings and rankings are measured by BBM Canada, an audience measurement organization for Canadian television and radio broadcasting. Weekly ranks are based on weeks starting on Monday and ending on Sunday.

Episode
Number
Episode Viewers
(in millions)
Timeslot
Rank
Nightly
Rank
Weekly
Rank
Reference
300 Game On
(Airdate: September 18, 2011)
1.195 #2 #2 #13 [8][9]
301 Week 1: Performance (Part I)
(Airdate: September 25, 2011)
1.307 #2 #4 #27 [10][11]
302 Week 1: Performance (Part II)
(Airdate: September 26, 2011)
0.822 #4 #9 #45 [12]
303 Week 2: Performance
(Airdate: October 2, 2011)
1.058 #3 #5 #33 [13]
304 Week 2: Results
(Airdate: October 3, 2011)
0.786 #4 #8 #40 [14]
305 Week 3: Performance
(Airdate: October 9, 2011)
1.176 #2 #4 #34 [15]
306 Week 3: Results
(Airdate: October 10, 2011)
0.873 #4 #10 #39 [16]
307 Week 4: Performance
(Airdate: October 16, 2011)
1.277 #2 #4 #24 [16][17]
308 Week 4: Results
(Airdate: October 17, 2011)
0.686 #4 #11 #44 [18]
309 Week 5: Performance
(Airdate: October 23, 2011)
1.098 #2 #5 #31 [18]
310 Week 5: Results
(Airdate: October 24, 2011)
0.679 #3 #9 #48 [19]
311 Week 6: Performance
(Airdate: October 30, 2011)
1.175 #3 #6 #29 [19][20]
312 Week 6: Results
(Airdate: October 31, 2011)
1.009 #2 #7 #39 [21]
313 Week 7: Performance
(Airdate: November 6, 2011)
1.066 #3 #6 #36 [21]
314 Week 7: Results
(Airdate: November 7, 2011)
0.832 #4 #10 #48 [22]
315 Week 8: Performance
(Airdate: November 13, 2011)
1.341 #2 #5 #27 [22][23]
316 Week 8: Results – Season Finale
(Airdate: November 14, 2011)
0.897 #4 #11 #44 [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter statement from Battle of the Blades Official Account". Twitter. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Season 3 Begins: Sept 18". CBC.ca. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Battle of the Blades: And the season 3 competitors are... – August 22". CBC.ca. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Twitter statement from Todd Simpson". Twitter. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Former NHLer Belak found dead in Toronto condo". CBC.ca. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Battle of the Blades still a go". Toronto Sun. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Russ Courtnall goes to Battle... Again". CBC.ca. 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  8. ^ TV Feeds My Family Blog – Ratings on September 18, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-09-23
  9. ^ BBM Weekly Ratings for week of Sept 12 – Sept 18, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-09-24
  10. ^ The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending September 25, 2011 Toronto.com article Retrieved on 2011-09-23
  11. ^ BBM Weekly Ratings for week of Sept 19 – Sept 25, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-02
  12. ^ TV Feeds My Family Blog – Ratings on September 26, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-09-23
  13. ^ TV Feeds My Family Blog – Ratings on October 2, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-04
  14. ^ TV Feeds My Family Blog – Ratings on October 3, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-06
  15. ^ The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending October 9, 2011 Toronto.com article Retrieved on 2011-10-12
  16. ^ a b The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending October 16, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-19
  17. ^ BBM Weekly Ratings for week of Oct 10 – Oct 16, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-21
  18. ^ a b The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending October 23, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-10-26
  19. ^ a b The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending October 30, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-05
  20. ^ BBM Weekly Ratings for week of Oct 24 – Oct 30, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-05
  21. ^ a b The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending November 6, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-09
  22. ^ a b The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending November 13, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-17
  23. ^ BBM Weekly Ratings for week of Nov 7 – Oct 13, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-19
  24. ^ The Brioux Report – Ratings for week ending November 14, 2011 Retrieved on 2011-11-24

External links[edit]