Battle of the Blades (season 5)

The fifth season of Battle of the Blades premiered on September 19, 2019, on CBC after a six-year hiatus from the sport, featuring seven couples.

Ron MacLean returns as host alongside head judge Kurt Browning, with Colby Armstrong joining the judging panel permanently after suffering an injury that ruled him out of the competition.[1] The season featured a rotation of guest judges, with Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir serving as guest judges during Week 1.[2] The season rotated between three venues, with the first three weeks taking place at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.[3]

For the first time in the show's history, viewers from outside Canada are allowed to view the dances and vote for their favourite couples. The scoring also changed from a 6.0 to a 10.0 system for Week 1, referring back to the 6.0 system from Week 2 onwards.

Couples

Hockey player Team/s played Professional Partner Charities Status
Amanda Kessel Metropolitan Riveters
United States
Eric Radford SickKids Foundation (Kessel)
Egale (Radford)
Eliminated 1st
on September 26, 2019
Brian McGrattan Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Nashville Predators
Vanessa James Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (McGrattan)
Alzheimer Society of Canada (James)
Eliminated 2nd
on October 3, 2019
Bruno Gervais New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Ekaterina Gordeeva Gervais-Talbot Foundation (Gervais)
Heart and Stroke Foundation (Gordeeva)
Sheldon Kennedy Detroit Red Wings
Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins
Kaitlyn Weaver Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Colton Orr Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Amanda Evora Smile Zone (Orr)
Boys and Girls Club of Canada (Evora)
Natalie Spooner Mississauga Chiefs
Toronto Furies
Team Canada
Andrew Poje Fast and Female (Spooner)
P. J. Stock New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Violetta Afanasieva ALS Society of Quebec (Stock)
Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes (Afanasieva)

Scoring Chart

Red numbers indicate the couples with the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the couples with the highest score for each week.
     indicates the couple(s) eliminated that week.
     indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two the previous week, but won the Skate-Off.
     indicates the Skate-Off finished in a draw.
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple.
     indicates the third-place couple.
Team Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Amanda E. & Colton 27.4 22.2 16.7 17.0
Natalie & Andrew 27.9 22.9 17.4 17.4
Violetta & P.J. N/A 22.1 16.9 17.2
Ekaterina & Bruno 28.2 23.0 17.5 17.2
Kaitlyn & Sheldon 28.3 23.7 17.3 18.0
Vanessa & Brian 6 27.9 22.4 17.0
Amanda K. & Eric 7 27.7 22.1

Judges

Each week, Colby Armstrong and Kurt Browning act as judges, with guest judges joining them. With the exception of Week 1, each guest judge gave separate scores to the contestants. Colby Armstrong was also considered a guest judge in Week 1, before joining the panel full-time during Week 2.[1]

Week Judge Career Ref.
1 Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Olympic Ice Dance Champions - 2010 & 2018

Ice Dance World Champions - 2010, 2012 & 2017

Colby Armstrong Ice Hockey World Champion - 2007

9-year NHL veteran

2 Darcy Tucker World Junior Ice Hockey Champion - 1995

14-year NHL veteran

[4]
Barbara Underhill Pairs World Champion - 1984

Junior Pairs World Champion - 1978

3 Marie-France Dubreuil Ice Dance World Championship Silver Medalist - 2006 & 2007

Battle of the Blades Runner-Up - 2011

[5]
4 Sarah Nurse Olympic Ice Hockey Silver Medalist - 2018 [6]

Individual songs & scores

Week 1

Judges scores in order: Colby Armstrong, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Kurt Browning.

Couple Scores Song
Amanda E. & Colton 27.4 (9.2, 9.1, 9.1) "Glory" - The Score
Natalie & Andrew 27.9 (9.3, 9.3, 9.3) "Canadian Girls" - Dean Brody
Kaitlyn & Sheldon 28.3 (9.4, 9.4, 9.5) "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
Amanda K. & Eric 27.7 (9.3, 9.2, 9.2) "Juice" - Lizzo
Vanessa & Brian 27.9 (9.4, 9.3, 9.2) "Under Your Scars" - Godsmack
Ekaterina & Bruno 28.2 (9.4, 9.4, 9.4) "I Like the Way" - BodyRockers

Week 2

Judges scores in order: Colby Armstrong, Darcy Tucker, Barbara Underhill, Kurt Browning.

Couple Scores Song Status
Violetta & P. J. 22.9 (5.8, 5.8, 5.7, 5.6) “Addicted to Love” - Alex Clare Safe
Ekaterina & Bruno 23.0 (5.8, 5.8, 5.8, 5.6) “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” - Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock Safe
Vanessa & Brian 22.4 (5.7, 5.7, 5.5, 5.5) “Broken Wings” - Mr. Mister Safe
Natalie & Andrew 22.9 (5.7, 5.8, 5.7, 5.7) “Higher Love” - Kygo & Whitney Houston Safe
Kaitlyn & Sheldon 23.7 (5.9, 6.0, 5.9, 5.9) “Hot Stuff” - Donna Summer Safe
Skate Off
Amanda K. & Eric 22.1 (5.6, 5.6, 5.4, 5.5) “Strong Enough” - Cher Lose
Amanda E. & Colton 22.2 (5.6, 5.7, 5.5, 5.4) “Paint it Black” - Ciara Win

Week 3 - Country Week

Judges scores in order: Colby Armstrong, Marie-France Dubreuil, Kurt Browning.

Couple Scores Song Status
Amanda E. & Colton 16.7 (5.6, 5.6, 5.5) “Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Safe
Kaitlyn & Sheldon 17.3 (5.8, 5.8, 5.7) “Jolene” - Dolly Parton Safe
Violetta & P.J. 16.9 (5.7, 5.6, 5.6) “Crazy” - Patsy Cline Safe
Natalie & Andrew 17.4 (5.9, 5.8, 5.7) ”You Make It Easy” - Jason Aldean Safe
Skate Off
Vanessa & Brian 17.0 (5.7, 5.7, 5.6) ”Cowboy Casanova” - Carrie Underwood Lose
Ekaterina & Bruno 17.5 (5.8, 5.9, 5.8) “Thinking Out Loud” - Ed Sheeran Win

Week 4 - Stage and Screen

Judges scores in order: Colby Armstrong, Sarah Nurse, Kurt Browning.

Couple Scores Song Movie/TV show Status
Kaitlyn & Sheldon 18.0 (6.0, 6.0, 6.0) “Smile” - Nat King Cole Modern Times Safe
Natalie & Andrew 17.4 (5.8, 5.8, 5.8) “Juicy Wiggle” - Redfoo Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Safe
Amanda E. & Colton 17.0 (5.7, 5.7, 5.6) “Believer” - Imagine Dragons Riverdale Safe
Skate-Off
Violetta & P.J. 17.2 (5.8, 5.7, 5.7) “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” - The Contours Dirty Dancing Draw
Ekaterina & Bruno 17.2 (5.7, 5.8, 5.7) “The Plaza of Execution” - James Horner The Mask of Zorro Draw

References

  1. ^ a b Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (September 24, 2019). "You loved him so much as a guest judge on #BOTB last week, we had to make him a permanent judge for the rest of the season! Congratulation @armdog, we'll see you on Thursday!pic.twitter.com/JA5gKNUnXh".
  2. ^ Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (September 19, 2019). "It's been 48 hours since @tessavirtue and @ScottMoir made THE announcement. How are they feeling? #BOTBpic.twitter.com/UhnnxCGigk".
  3. ^ Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (September 18, 2019). "We're just hours away from the #BOTB premiere! Don't miss out on your chance to experience a live taping of Battle: http://cbc.ca/battletickets pic.twitter.com/E9LZwh0yOQ". External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (2019-09-26). "The gang's all here! Our two guest judges @@16DarcyTucker, #BarbaraUnderhill and our newly appointed judge @armdog are ready to go for tonight! TUNE IN NOW!!! #BOTBpic.twitter.com/OQIBpgUfJp". @CBCbattle. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  5. ^ Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (2019-10-03). "It's Country Week on #BOTB tonight! @mf_dubreuil joins @armdog and @KurtBrowning as the judges for the week. Yeehaw! Airs tonight at 8 (9AT/9:30NT) on @CBCTelevision and @CBC Gem.pic.twitter.com/dSm5lRcXfP". @CBCbattle. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  6. ^ Blades  ⛸️, ⛸️ Battle of the (2019-10-10). "It's Stage and Screens night on Battle of the Blades tonight! @nursey16 joins Colby Armstrong and Kurt Browning as the judges for this week. #BOTB Airs tonight at 8 (9AT/9:30NT) on CBC Television and CBC Gem.pic.twitter.com/faooFROf3L". @CBCbattle. Retrieved 2019-10-11.

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