'Skating With the Stars': Meet the Contestants

skating Okay, all of you Dancing With the Stars fanatics, get ready for Skating With the Stars (or should I say, "SWTS").

Six contestants will kick off the first season, slated to begin on November 22 on ABC. And they are:


The Reality Star: Bethenny Frankel. The former Real Housewives of New York cast member is going to have to dig deep to find her inner Kristi Yamaguchi.

The Rocker: Vince Neil, ex-lead singer of Motley Crue and co-star of Janine and Vince Neil Hardcore Uncensored sex tape. Hey, can you actually skate to "Girls, Girls, Girls"? Maybe we'll find out.

The Athlete: 1998 Olympic gold-medalist skier Jonny Moseley will try his hand at a Figure 8.

The Wild Card: Former '80s actress (No Way Out, Blade Runner) and seems-to-be-kind-of-a-whack-job Sean Young.

The Young Hottie: Brandon Mychal Smith, star of Sonny With a Chance on the Disney Channel.

The Need-to-Fill-the-Last-Slot-Star: Rebecca Budig, All My Children actress more widely known for her marriage to The Bachelor's Bob Guiney. Yawn.

The producers must be crossing their fingers big time on this one. Fox tried it, but their Skating With Celebrities choked after only one season. (And with Bruce Jenner and Todd Bridges as contestants! Imagine that!)

I'm wondering if ABC realizes what they're getting into. Dance is dance, but ice can be dangerous. Broken bones, for one thing. Clearly, the Florence Hendersons and Cloris Leachmans of the world need not apply.

Smith acknowledges the danger involved and sums it up nicely with this: "Ice is crazy!"

Stay tuned, people.

Are you planning to watch Skating With the Stars?

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