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Round of Four - February 6

Last time, our remaining five teams skated hard, but in the end, Deborah Gibson and Kurt Browning were deleted from the roll. Meanwhile, Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman took the gold, but will their rout continue?

Once again, the slate is wiped clean. We're all starting fresh... almost. As the contest progresses, each pair must master a new and more difficult technique. Tonight, each pair must incorporate a side-by-side jump as well as last week's requirement, a one-legged unassisted lunge. Tonight's skaters will be skating to the tunes of the top 40.

We start with Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler, whose difficult routine last week almost cost them. Despite that, they're back training. but will they be able to please the judges? "I know they want bigger stuff!" Do they, Kristy? Will we see first or last this week? They skate to Tal Bachman's "She So High." Of course, it isn't performed by Tal Bachman himself, nor is that him singing on the tape. Going to the judges. Dorothy loved it, saying that both have improved and have really brought the heat. Sir John said "Pretty good." They liked the spin. Mark thought the program was wonderful.

TECHNICAL
Nicks: 9.3
Hamill: 9.3
Lund: 9.1
TOTAL: 27.7

ARTISTIC
Nicks: 9.5
Hamill: 9.4
Lund: 9.3
TOTAL: 28.2

Their total: 55.9 out of 60. Without question, the team to beat. The highest score so far this competition. Next on the ice is Jillian Barberie & John Zimmerman, as they experience a cruel irony, as the two get bruises on the ice... and ice on their bruises. This week, the worst cut yet, as Jillian may have broken a rib...

... but it's not broke, so it's back to work. Will the pain be the obstacle that prevents the team from getting back to the top? They skate to Pink's "Trouble." Standing O from Dorothy and Mark. Mark thought that these two look "hot" on the ice. He liked the collective timing. Dorothy sees pros that don't do as well as they do. Sir John: "It was a good performance... but the throw jumps, that is called unnecessary repetition. You're going to have to get something very special in order to win."

TECHNICAL
Nicks: 8.9
Hamill: 9.5
Lund: 9.2
TOTAL: 27.6

ARTISTIC
Nicks: 9.4
Hamill: 9.5
Lund: 9.4
TOTAL: 28.9

Their total: 55.9! A tie for first! "We skated our brains out." Sure thing, John. Competition's half over tonight, as Dave Coulier and Nancy Kerrigan is next. Dave has both discovered his inner woman and his inner figure skater. Nancy knows that now they have to take some risks in order to stay in the competition. Dave has fears about that, and they're well justified. His injury list from years of playing hockey: 5 concussions, broken ribs, broken ankle, broken shoulder, fractured skull. Will this put a damper on his jump? They skate to Outkast's "Hey Ya!" And he jumped in it! Sir John: "From the sublime to the ridiculous. I thought the routine was a little untrusting. You're going to have to do better next time." Mark didn't think this performance was entertaining, but Dave has been improving. Dorothy likes the teamwork, but they had two tough acts to follow.

TECHNICAL
Nicks: 8.5
Hamill: 9.1
Lund: 8.8
TOTAL: 26.4

ARTISTIC
Nicks: 8.4
Hamill: 9.1
Lund: 8.8
TOTAL: 26.3

Grand total: 52.7. Now THEY're in the hot seat. But we have one more pair to skate... The good news, the score is the highest effort this time!

Finally, Bruce Jenner and Tai Babilonia, who are with Scott backstage, saying "Figure skating is not for sissies." Last time, they had the leaderboard on notice, but can the oldest and least experienced celeb take on the challenge of the jump. Sure looked like it. But with a real chance to go all the way, Bruce landed face first on the ice... hard. He has to get stitches and head to the hospital... but they don't back down. They skate tonight to Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven". Mark thought she saw Tai dancing on the center stage ("Isn't that another show?" Yes, Mark. It is.) But it worked. Dorothy got goosebumps, but didn't see smiles. Sir John notes perseverance... HOWEVER... "Bruce, you are so stiff. Your knees should be smooth. Your knees give you a bumpy ride."

Remember... the magic number is 52.7.. The judges' score...

TECHNICAL
Nicks: 9.0
Hamill: 9.2
Lund: 9.0
TOTAL: 27.2

ARTISTIC
Nicks: 9.0
Hamill: 9.3
Lund: 9.2
TOTAL: 27.5

Their total: 54.7. They make it. But it's bad news for ... Tai, as she wants day off... But it's also bad news for Dave and Nancy, as they take the ice for their final skate. Dave thanks the skaters for an incredible camaraderie, while Nancy thinks that this is great for the sport...

Meanwhile, Dave professes that he'll wear figure skates on the hockey rinks. Next time, though... the judges play ultimate DJ as we go from three... to two. Who will be Skating with Celebrities champions? Or at least, who'll come closer? Find out next time.

 

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