"Skating with the Stars" hits the ice on U.S. TV

Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:11pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sure they can pull off a cha-cha-cha. But can celebrities manage a camel spin?

ABC television on Friday announced new series "Skating with the Stars", which pairs a celebrity with a world class ice skater for a live TV contest along the lines of the network's highest-rated series "Dancing with the Stars".

"Skating with the Stars" will make its debut on Nov 22, with a cast to be revealed on November 2 during the live "Dancing with the Stars" results broadcast.

The chosen celebrities will undergo hours of rigorous training and will be taught to perform increasingly difficult figure skating and ice dancing moves. One star will be sent home each week on the basis of judge's scores and viewer votes.

"Skating with the Stars" is a co-production with BBC television. A version of the show has been running on British television since 2006.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)