Recaps

The results are in and Canadian viewers have spoken. After seven weeks of intense competition, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson were declared the final winners of the BATTLE OF THE BLADES, as voting results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast of the series finale. Salé and Simpson receive $100,000 for donation to their charity of choice: The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society (SCITCS).

“This has been an incredible journey,” said Simpson. “The opportunity to learn something different every week and try something new, it’s simply been exhilarating!”

“I’d like to thank our families, kids and everyone who helped us along the way,” added Salé. “This was an amazing commitment and sacrifice for everyone.”

The Edmonton duo has impressed audiences from early on in the competition. Judge Sandra Bezic praised their most recent routine as a fantastic culmination of all their work and judge Dick Button commended them for taking on dangerous moves and making them their own. Simpson was also the first male skater in the series to do a waltz jump and both he and Salé delighted audiences with their madcap tribute to Austin Powers. The fact that Simpson has suffered from a bad back during much of the competition makes their performances even more remarkable.

Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux along with Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer are the runner ups in the competition. For their efforts, Make-A-Wish Canada and MA Fondation, the respective charities for both pairs, will each receive a $25,000 donation. The judges also congratulated both pairs for their outstanding efforts and for showing their full commitment to the sport of figure skating throughout the competition.

Tonight’s finale wraps up a competition that began with eight pairs performing over seven weeks to a variety of different musical themes. Each week saw increasingly complex routines as the number of pairs remaining in the competition raised the stakes higher and higher to collect viewer votes, impress the judges and go all-out to win the grand prize.

Viewers can learn more about the show at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything about BATTLE OF THE BLADES, including videos, behind-the-scene photos and information about each pair in the competition.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society (SCITCS) raises awareness for those living with spinal cord injuries by enhancing their quality of life through research, education and support programs. For over 20 years, Craig Simpson has raised money for SCITCS with over $1.5 million donated to date.

Make-A-Wish Canada grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their experience with hope, strength and joy. Having a wish granted gives children a chance to take a break from being sick while creating memories that last a lifetime.

MA Fondation seeks to save children from shaken baby syndrome and violence. Much of their funding goes to L’Hôpital Ste. Justine in Montreal, helping newborns with shaken baby syndrome, and L’Hôpital Marie Enfant, which cares for child victims of sexual and physical abuse.

Christine Hough-Sweeney and hometown favourite Tie Domi were the fifth pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer are the fifth pair to be saved, joining the two remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the fifth week of competition were Hough-Sweeney and Domi, who performed to These Boots Are Made for Walking, and Dubreuil and Richer, who skated to Blues in the Night. Both pairs performed again before regular judges Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judges Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican, recently retired from the NHL, for a final chance to remain on the show.

For their efforts, Hough-Sweeney and Domi’s Canadian charity, Diabetes Hope Foundation, will receive a $25,000 donation. Diabetes Hope Foundation is the only Canadian organization of its kind helping children and adolescents with diabetes to achieve success in all areas of their lives.

The three pairs returning to compete on Sunday, November 8 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux, Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson. Each of these pairs will perform twice during Sunday’s show. The first routine will be to Canadian hits and the second will be a repeat of their best previous performance.

Katarina Witt, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time figure skating World Champion, will preside as a guest judge for the sixth week of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, November 8 and Monday, November 9. Witt has experience with a show of her own involving figure skaters paired with celebrities, so her remarks will provide a unique perspective, alongside those from regular judges Bezic and Button. All three will also determine who of the bottom two ranking pairs—as determined by viewer votes—gets iced on Monday’s skate-off show.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, 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.

Jodeyne Higgins and Ken Daneyko, after a heartfelt and soulful performance, were the fourth pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi are the fourth pair to be saved, joining the three remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the fourth week of competition were Higgins and Daneyko, who skated to James Brown’s I Got You, and Hough-Sweeney and Domi, who performed their routine to Robin Thicke’s Superman. Both pairs performed again before regular judges Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judge Lanny McDonald for a final chance to remain on the show. McDonald is renowned for his years with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.

For their efforts, Higgins and Daneyko’s Canadian charity, Foundation Fighting Blindness, will receive a $25,000 donation. Foundation Fighting Blindness is a national charity organization that funds research into the causes, treatments and ultimately the cure for all retinal disease. Its annual Ride for Sight event is Canada’s largest motorcycle charity fundraiser in support of the Foundation.

The four pairs returning to compete on Sunday, November 1 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux, Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer, Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson. All will perform to songs inspired by movies and musicals.

Olympic gold medalist and figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican, who won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, will reside as guest judges for the fifth week of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2. Yamaguchi and Hedican will draw from their knowledge of both sports to provide a combined score alongside regular judges Bezic and Button. All four will also determine who of the bottom two ranking pairs—as determined by viewer votes—gets iced on Monday’s skate-off show.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, 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.

Canada has watched her Jive, Salsa, Quick Step, Rumba, Mambo and Hustle to the top and following tonight’s gripping SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA second season finale, CTV congratulates TARA-JEAN Popowich, on becoming Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Host Leah Miller announced live that TARA-JEAN, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB received the majority of close to three million votes cast during the countrywide poll on Tuesday night and therefore claims the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer and the grand prize of $100,000 as well as the keys to a brand new 2010 Mazda 3 Sport.

Fellow Top 4 finalist VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QB, was declared the runner-up and also receives the keys to his very own 2010 Mazda 3 Sport. TARA-JEAN and VINCENT along with fellow Top 4 Finalists EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON., JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB., and the remaining dancers from the Top 20, all took to the stage during the two-hour live extravaganza broadcast on CTV.

TARA-JEAN has been winning Canada’s hearts and votes since her audition in Saint John, NB., earlier this spring. During her time on the show, TARA-JEAN has demonstrated her versatility on stage tackling everything from Contemporary to House to Samba with the same dedication, skill and flare for performance. Best known for her determination, gracious demeanour, hard work and perseverance, TARA-JEAN has been praised by the judges for being a true performer and an inspiration to dancers everywhere. During the Top 4 performance show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Judge Blake McGrath comments to TARA-JEAN foreshadowed the big win when he said, “There’s something very, very important you need in this competition to win. It’s called star quality, and baby you have it!”

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.

Canada has spoken. It was revealed live on CTV tonight by host Leah Miller that after close to two million votes from across the country following Tuesday night’s performance episode, EVERETT, JAYME RAE, TARA-JEAN and VINCENT are still in the running to become Canada’s favourite dancer as EMANUEL and MELANIE were eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The Top 4 dancers will hit the stage during a special two-hour performance episode on Tuesday, October 20 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, before the winner is finally revealed during the live, two-hour finale on Sunday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

With voting based solely on individual competitors instead of couples, the Top 6 each had the opportunity to perform a solo of their choice. The performances wouldn’t change the results, and for two competitors, it would be their last chance to perform on the program. Following the solos, it was announced that MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON and EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC received the lowest number of votes and would be going home.

Tonight’s show opened with the Top 6 performing a disco routine choreographed by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Tré Armstrong that had dancers grooving to the beat of “Turn the Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson. Set in a 1970s night club, the dancers bumped and hustled to the disco beat.

The Top 4 dancers will give it all they’ve got in next week’s two-hour performance episode airing Tuesday, October 20 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. In their final effort to win the country’s heart and be named Canada’s Favourite Dancer, they will perform routines in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Blake McGrath and Luther Brown.

Canada’s Top 4 dancers are:

EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QB

Throughout the two-hour performance show, the Top 4 will be performing routines by returning choreographers Stacey Tookey, Sean Cheesman, Eric Caty and Kelly Lannan, Sho-Tyme and Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. New to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage is choreographer Maria Torres, an acclaimed performer, choreographer and director who starred in Swing! on Broadway, choreographed Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams in Enchanted and has also appeared on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The Top 4 will also perform in pairings with each other as they dance seven numbers in total, including boy/girl couples as well as performances with JAYME RAE and TARA-JEAN and EVERETT and VINCENT together.

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca. The Top 6 Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back on Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

The Season 3 Audition Tour will be travelling to five cities across Canada this winter with confirmed stops in Vancouver on Saturday, December 5 and a new date in Toronto on Saturday, November 14. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in both cities. Auditions will also be coming to Calgary, Montreal and an East Coast City to be announced. Confirmed dates and venues will be announced as information becomes available.

Audition details available to date listed below (subject to change):

Toronto, ON    
Saturday, November 14

(UPDATED DATE)  Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St. W., Toronto     

Vancouver, BC   Saturday, December 5    The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
777 Homer Street      

Calgary, AB     To be announced To be announced
Montreal, QC    To be announced To be announced
East Coast City To be announced To be announced

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are heading out on a national 18-city tour beginning November 25th, 2009, in Kelowna, B.C. Tickets are currently on sale and full details regarding ticket purchasing as well as a full list of cites and dates on the tour, go to dance.CTV.ca.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer back for another week

Isabelle Brasseur and Glenn Anderson were the second pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer are the second pair to be saved, joining the five remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice. This is the second week in a row that the pair has been saved in the competition.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the second week of competition were Brasseur and Anderson, who skated to Frank Sinatra’s Ain’t She Sweet, and Dubreuil and Richer, who performed their routine to Sinatra’s Strangers In The Night. Both pairs performed again before the panel of judges, Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judge Don Cherry, for a final chance to remain on the show. All three praised tonight’s performances and were impressed with both pairs’ improvement from Sunday’s skate. For their efforts, Brasseur’s Canadian charity, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, will receive a $12,500 donation, and Anderson’s charity, the Alberta Cancer Foundation for the Cross Cancer Institute, will receive a $12,500 donation.

The six pairs returning to compete on Sunday, October 18 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, Barbara Underhill and Ron Duguay.

Latin music in all its colourful varieties—including the Salsa, the Cha Cha and the Bolero—will be the musical backdrop for the show next week. Sophisticated and rhythmic, the strong beats of Latin America and the Caribbean will bring a special kind of heat to the performances on the ice.

Young Canadian skating duo Edrea Khong and Edbert Khong are the guest skaters performing live at Monday’s skate-off show on October 19 at 8:00 p.m. Still in their early teens and with Olympic aspirations, this extremely talented brother and sister act is already amazing audiences with their brilliant ice dancing routines.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, 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.

– Rex Harrington and Mary Murphy are back behind the Judge’s desk Oct. 13 and 14 –

– Judge Tré Armstrong steps on stage to choreograph the Top 6 group number –

With only two weeks left before Canada names its favourite dancer, it was revealed live on CTV tonight that following more than 1.5 million votes, KIM Gingras and CODY Bonnell had been eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Next week, the six remaining dancers will take to the stage for the Top 6 Performance episode on Tuesday, October 13 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

As competitors pushed their limits to earn Canada’s votes and avoid elimination, Tuesday’s Top 8 performance episode featured some of the strongest performances of the season. After performing their group number, The Top 4 Girls earned particular praise from guest judge and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels who commented, “You four ladies, in the five years I’ve been a part of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, are the best Top 4 girls.”

Before the final results were revealed, host Leah Miller announced that the two girls who received the lowest number of votes were KIM and MELANIE and the guys with the lowest number of votes were CODY and EVERETT. The bottom four dancers then had the chance to take to the stage and each perform a solo of their choice. With voting now based on individual competitors, the performances wouldn’t change the results, but for two competitors, it would be their last chance to perform on the program. Then, it was revealed live that KIM, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QC and CODY, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON, would be going home after the pair danced together in a Hip-Hop routine and a Smooth Waltz this week.

The Top 8 Dancers opened tonight’s Results episode with a theatre routine created by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Tyce Diorio, who made his SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA debut. Diorio’s dynamic group number featured intricate footwork and featured the competitors performing individually as well as in couples. The Top 8 jived on and around a motorcycle at centre stage to “C’mon Everybody” from All Shook Up (Original Broadway Cast).

The Top 6 will give it all they’ve got to earn a coveted spot in the Top 4 during next week’s Performance episode on Tuesday, October 13 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. The competitors will face judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as returning guest judges Rex Harrington and Mary Murphy.

The Top 6 dancers are:

EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QC
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QC

The Top 6 will again face two different dance styles and two different choreographers next week. Returning choreographers are Stacey Tookey, Melissa Williams, Pierre Allaire, Gustavo Vargas and judges Blake McGrath and Luther Brown. In addition, the Top 3 girls and Top 3 guys will also each perform a group number, with Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels taking on the girls and Gustavo Vargas taking on the guys.

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca. The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back at a special time on Sunday, October 11 at 5 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are heading out on a national 18-city tour beginning November 25th, 2009, in Kelowna, B.C. Tickets are currently on sale and full details regarding ticket purchasing as well as the full list of cites and dates on the tour, go to dance.CTV.ca.

Last night’s thepisode of Grey’s Anatomy was a little bit intense. The characteristic lesbian couple made their relationship official, so it looks like the latest lesbian plotline is not about to go anywhere. The big merger also took tis first victims, and while there’s a good chance a few more major stars are at least going to temporarily find themselves lost in the shuffle, they escaped unscathed yesterday. There is one Grey’s Anatomy cast member, who’s been there from the beginning, however, who was fired from Seattle Grace yesterday. Remember nurse Olivia, former lover of both Alex and George and transmittor of an unfortunate STD epidemic? Well, she’s gone now.

Izzie went back to work in last night’s episode, and Derek went head-to-head with the Chief about the merger. When the Chief failed to step in and see the laid-off staff members off, Dr. McDreamy stepped in offerring condolances and job referrals.

The episode ending in classic Grey’s Anatomy form – although the usual tequila and dancing were replaced by beer and baseball!

 

 

Desperate Housewives is back, and picked up right where it left off last season with all of the drama, a bit of closure, and a few more surprises to keep viewers watching all season. In tonight’s episode, surprise, surprise, Mike and Susan tied the knot for the second time; leaving a scorned Katherine to pick up the pieces and get a little bit of revenge on her former friend. We were also introduced to a new family on the block, who without a doubt has some serious secrets, including a potentially murderous son who, according to the previews, is about to get a little bit too personal with Julie Myer. In this episode, we also got a better glimpse at Lynette’s struggle with another pregnancy just as she gets ready to send her oldest kids off to college – and we can surely expect a little bit of family drama as a result of this plotline this season. Brie and Gabby’s plotlines both picked up right where they left off last season, and were fairly predictable with no shocking new revelations coming to a head.

So what did you think of the season premiere of Desperate Housewives. Too much closure, not enough new drama; or just the right combination of the two?