Battle of the Blades, Week 7: the good, the bad and the snuggly

Battle of the Blades, Week 7: the good, the bad and the snuggly

With only four pairs left, we are officially in “anything can happen” territory on BOTB. And by anything, we mean Kelly Chase can have the best skate of the night, finally giving him good reason for one of his signature fist pumps.

The theme of the week was “It’s A Man’s World,” meaning the men chose the music, and each hockey dude had to do a 30-second solo performance. As for the results, let’s just say we’re looking forward to next week and the return of good old-fashioned female judgment. Because honestly, this week’s performances just weren’t up to snuff, including a disappointing showing from the previously perfect Russians.

Luckily, even on an off week we can still weigh in on the good, the bad and the snuggly. This week’s assessment after the jump.

Who should stay: Katia and Val
They’ve been on the top of the heap from the start, but we’re a little nervous that a mediocre skate (including a brief but brutal stumble) will be just the excuse the patriotic public needs to get rid of the Russians. Keep in mind that Katia and Val have already landed in the bottom two on two occasions, and that was when they were undeniably out-skating the competition. Remember on American Idol when the three divas (including Jennifer Hudson) got voted off? Exactly. Sometimes being the best isn’t enough. And sometimes (ahem, Katia) you should tell your kids that mom is involved in a very important skating competition and can’t come home to go for a walk on the beach. How rude!

Who should go: Izzy and Todd
Kurt Browning referred to this pair as “the sleepers,” but we’re gonna go further and call them the snoozers. Sure last week’s cross dressing dramatics were enough to make us take notice, but generally speaking, Todd is like Patrice Brisebois without the smoldering Frenchman je ne sais quoi, and at this point, there is simply no more room for second best. Make that fourth best, but you get the point.

Who should get it on: Shae-Lynn and Patrice
Because seriously, who wouldn’t want to get it on with Shae-Lynn in those short shorts and tube socks? As for Patrice’s Dirk Diggler impression, well, this is a family-friendly blog, so we’re not even going to go there. Ever since the zombie skate (which we still think was the best performance of the entire competition), these two have really mastered the art of on-ice theatrics. Sure, Patrice fumbled a little during his solo footwork, but maybe he tripped over something. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

(All images provided by the CBC.)