New York Housewife Bethenny Frankel skated her way into the final of “Skating With the Stars” to a chorus of jeers from the audience that recalled a similar uproar between Bristol Palin and singer Brandy on “Dancing With the Stars.”
On the strength of her fan base rather than her skating scores, Frankel was elevated over Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, who was clearly more talented, to skate in the final round.
The episode took some of the gloss off the final competition between Frankel and actress Rebecca Budig, who clearly outperformed her rival to win the Golden Skates trophy with a perfect score of 60.
Budig and partner Fred Palascak skated to “Hot N Cold,” by Katy Perry to become the first ever winners of the reality show competition.
Bethenny skated with Ethan Burgess to “Right Round.”
The judges, noting improvement, awarded her 51 points, compared with a score of 29 points when she skated the same routine early in the show.
At least Bethenny was gracious in defeat. She said Rebecca deserved to win, and said Budig was good enough to be “a real ice skater.”
Frankel caused some controversy before the show when she claimed to have no skating experience. That prompted her estranged mother to step forward and call her daughter a liar.
Bethenny had lessons as a child and was an accomplished inline skater, the mother said.
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