Skating's Next Star

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Skating's Next Star
Skating's Next Star Judges and Skaters.jpg
Created byMajor League Figure Skating
Presented byKristi Yamaguchi
JudgesElvis Stojko, Oksana Grishuk, Rudy Galindo
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production locationsLakeland, FL
Running time1 hour
Original networkWE tv
Original releaseMarch 20 (2006-03-20) –
April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)

Skating's Next Star is a reality television show that began airing on the WE tv on April 26, 2006.[1]


Twelve Professional Skaters competed for the first place prize $25,000, a feature article in International Figure Skating Magazine and a one year contract management contract with Major League Figure Skating. The show gained notoriety on the Today (NBC program) show which featured Natalia Kanounnikova setting the Guinness World Records for being the fastest spinner on ice. She set the record in episode 2. The Series was created by CEO of Major League Figure Skating and Former United States Figure Skating Judge, Jon Rubin.[2]


The show is hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi. The Judges are Olympic Silver Medalist Elvis Stojko, Double Olympic Gold Medalist Oksana Grishuk and World Bronze Medalist, Rudy Galindo.

Men skaters[edit]

  • Sergey Meller, West Townsend, MA
  • Scott Corbin, Clinton Township, MI
  • Emanuele Ancorini, New York, NY
  • Chris Thombs, Portsmouth, RI
  • Eric Bohnstedt, Orlando, FL
  • Dusty Brinsmade, Detroit, MI

Ladies skaters[edit]

  • Natalia Kanounnikova, Florida
  • Kristin Dority, Providence, RI
  • Kristen Treni, Punta Gorda, FL
  • Ashley Clark, Colorado
  • Natalie Mecher, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Jessica Meller, West Township, MA


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20)
This first episode introduces the skaters. There's already a twist: the skaters will be surprised that two of them are going to be cut from the competition immediately. Each will have just 60 seconds on the ice to show their stuff in front of the judges. They'll have to show spins, footwork and jumps. In 60 seconds. No rehearsal, no practice, no second chances. Each skater skates, the judges give their critique after each skate, and at the end of the show, two skaters will be sent packing.
2"Episode 2"March 27, 2006 (2006-03-27)
This episode has the skaters compete for fastest spin. We'll be using a custom rotational tachometer that's never been used before to precisely measure the speed of an ice skater's spin. There is a chance that one of them will earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. This episode also has the skaters performing on teams in an ensemble number—swing chain, chorus line, synchronized skating, etc. The five men will be on one team and the five women on the other team. They'll have to skate together as a team, while still being in competition with one another. Each skater gets a highlighted moment, too. The judges will be briefed on how cooperative the skaters were in practice. One man and one woman will be eliminated from the competition after the team skate.
3"Episode 3"April 3, 2006 (2006-04-03)
The skaters won't believe this challenge: they'll be judged on one jump—the nearly impossible reverse axle. Lots of falling and very clumsy landings. We expect that one or two skaters will be able to pull it off. The skaters who do the best will earn an advantage going into this next competition... The second big challenge is all about spins. Each skater's routine will show off their best, most creative, wild, contorted, elegant spin. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the spin routines.
4"Episode 4"April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10)
In this episode, the skaters will be judged on how they skate in pairs, which most are just not trained to do. They will have rehearsal time the night before. The best pair will earn an advantage going into the second challenge... Each skater will perform an especially showy, dance number — Broadway, musicals, chorus lines, etc. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the showtime number.
5"Episode 5"April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)
Lots of bravura in this episode, with skaters showing off their most entertaining, fancy footwork. The best man and woman will earn an advantage going into the next challenge. The pressure's really on as each skater performs a routine with his or her biggest, finest, most crowd-pleasing jumps. One man and one woman will be eliminated after the jumps routine.
6"Episode 6"April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)

The two remaining competitors will skate three very showy, fast-paced, competitive challenges to determine the winner. It will feel a little like "anything you can do I can do better." By now, viewers will be strongly rooting for one or the other. All eliminated skaters return to rally round their former rivals. One skater, either the male or the female, will be named Skating's Next Star. Then, there will be a big all-skate finale with special effects.

Kristen Treni became Skating's Next Star.


  1. ^ "Episode Detail: Skating's Next Star - Skating's Next Star". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Skating's Next Star". Retrieved 7 November 2012.

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