Olympics fever isn’t over – at least that’s what the producers of ‘Thin Ice’ are hoping.
A two-night ice-skating reality special, the competition will feature some of the world’s top figure skaters, including Canada’s Joannie Rochette, who unexpectedly lost her mother just two days before competing in the Vancouver Winter Games and taking the bronze in an emotional win.
The show will be co-hosted by four-time World Champion Kurt Browning and ‘The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck–but don’t expect her to triple lutz on the ice. She admits she’s a terrible skater, though her daughter Grace seems to think she’ll be competing.
“Every time we go skating she tells me to practice,” says Hasselbeck to People Magazine. She thinks I’m in the competition so hopefully she won’t be disappointed that I’ll be in heels [and] not ice skates.”
‘Thin Ice’ will pair ten profession skaters as first-time couples. They’ll perform two-minute routines choreographed by ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ champ Mark Ballas and choreographer Fatima Robinson, and their routines will be voted on by the public and a team of professional skating judges (including Olympic–and ‘DWTS’–winner Kristi Yamaguchi and Katarina Witt). At stake: more than $220,00 in prize money.
Competing along with Rochette will be three-time U.S. pairs champion John Zimmerman, Canadian Olympics gold medalists David Pelletier and Elena Berezhnaya, among others.
The two-night skating competition show airs March 19 and March 21 on ABC.