Sep 25, 2011
What's better than a little rock'n'roll music to get everybody into the groove of a new Battle of the Blades season?
Yep, our pairs are out on the ice for the first time this week and have two full one-hour episodes to show off their skills. No eliminations this week, just a chance for the guys and gals to strut their stuff and get their feet wet (so to speak).
This duo's first song is inspired by Cale's two-year-old daughter, Stella (cue the collective "awwwww!").
"Whenever the song is on the radio in the car it's always 'louder, Daddy! Louder!'" said Cale. "She should love it even more when she sees Daddy skate to it, I hope!"
When it came to a rock band, Our Lady Peace was an easy choice for Boyd.
"Their record 'Gravity' was played a tonne in the locker room in 2002 when we won the cup with the Red Wings," he said. "Jeremy Taggart, their drummer, was a good bud with all of us and basically lived with Sean Avery that season, so 'Innocent' brings me right back the great times from that year."
For their first skate, Elena and Curtis looked to symbolism. The pair joked in practice this week that Elena's intensity is like a tiger's, and Curtis is a beast on the ice. 'Animal' was an perfect fit.
Tessa and David's first pick comes courtesy of a savvy hockey mom.
"We were looking for a song that was performed by a woman, and that would let the male competitors know I am ready to compete and give it my all, no backing down," Tessa explained.
Tessa's mother, Debbie, immediately suggested this rockin' Pat Benatar pick. Thanks mom!
Bryan and Marie-France weren't giving anything away before their on-ice debut.
"We chose Rocketteer for week one because of the music and the lyrics went well with what we were looking for with our routine," the duo explained in an email.
"The audience will have to watch our performance sunday to see what we mean."
Marcy and Todd didn't need to look far for their inaugural tune.
They knew 'Fire' was the one.
"it takes your breath away with excitement and anticipation."
Watching the programme these two put together with choreographer Kelly Johnson and it's tough to picture a more perfect tune.
"We picked this song because it's fast and it rocks," Brad said.
Yup, that about sums it up.
Russ and Kim didn't have a lot of time to put together their first programme, so it was important that they chose their music quickly.
"'Hero' is the song Russ skated to last year in memory of his father, his hero who he lost," Kim explained.
"This year, as he skates in Wade's place, he is skating to 'Hero' for Wade's children and the hero that they have just lost."