Bethenny Frankel made her much anticipated debut on “Skating with the Stars” last night (Nov. 22) and while she wasn’t as polished as her estranged mother claims she is, Frankel wowed the crowd, nonetheless — with her body.
Frankel, who went on a controversial crash diet and exercise program after giving birth six months ago to daughter Bryn, looks like she has lost all of the baby weight and then some.
Her figure-skater figure dazzled the judges and the audience in a red sequined body suit and skirt.
Bethenny, 40, and the other stars have been rehearsing for five weeks ahead of their debut on the ice.
The reality personality insisted she has little skating experience, but her estranged mom, Bernadette Parisella Burke (also spelled Birk), claims Frankel is being deceptive.
“She is going to be a dead ringer out there because she’s had so many private ice skating and roller skating lessons [as a child],” Burke, 69, told Radar. “She did it all the time when she was a child.”
In fact, Bethenny rollerbladed around New York as a child as a means of transportation.
Frankel has also been seen roller-skating and roller-blading in the streets of Manhattan on her reality show “Real Housewives of New York.” So her claim that she can barely skate is a set up.
She and partner Ethan Burgess are one of six couples taking to the ice in the skating version of “Dancing With The Stars.”
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, actresses Sean Young and Rebecca Budig, Olympic Skier Jonny Moseley and rapper Brandon Mychal Smith round out the competition.
Passing judgment on their technical merit and the artistic ability are choreographer Lauriann Gibson, Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir, and ice skating legend and commentator Dick Button.
‘When I think of ice skating I really don’t think of me,’ Bethenny told the cameras.
On her first night out, Bethenny was either holding back or really not that proficient. She scored a 29 out of a possible 60, leaving her second from the bottom.
“All My Children’s” soap queen, Budig, 37, and her partner Fred Palascak won the opening round of competition.
Smith, 21, was the most surprising, however. He showed amazing skill since he was the least experience skater. The Disney star, 21, seemed a natural.