March 02, 2006 10:48 PM by Joe Blackmon
Jillian Barberie & John Zimmerman and Kristy Swanson & Lloyd Eisler face off as the last two couples in the Skating with Celebrities finale. Kristy & Lloyd lead by four-tenths of a point after Monday’s performances. To kick things off in the finale, each team gives an encore performance that is not scored by the judges. The previously eliminated skating couples also return for one last group performance.
In a ironic intro segment, Kristy Swanson & Lloyd Eisler talk about what they mean to each other. Kristy says “Having him as my partner, it’s just been incredible.” Lloyd says “We have created a friendship that I think will last long after this show’s over.” The segment is ironic because Star Magazine has reported that Lloyd left his pregnant wife for Kristy.
Kristy & Lloyd skate to “Super Freak.” Mark Lund says “Lloyd you’ve improved so much as a professional skater.” John Nicks says “Kristy so fearless when he’s doing all these things to you, and I think I know why you’re fearless, it’s because Lloyd understands the priority with the man pair skater which is protect his partner at all times.” Dorothy Hamill says “I think both of your bring out the best in each other.”
Jillian & John skate to “Breathe.” During their performance, Jillian falls while attempting an Axel. Dorothy Hamill says “Together you have this dreamlike, it’s like a cloud floating over the ice.” Mark Lund says “Just because you fell on an attempted Axel jump does not mean it was a bad performance.” John Nicks says “I want to respectfully remind my fellow judges that a fall is no bar to winning the competition.”
Despite the judges reassuring statements to Jillian & John, they receive the lower scores between the two couples. Kristy Swanson & Lloyd Eisler are the winners of Skating with Celebrities with an overall score of 117.7.