Despite a very respectable performance, Olympian Jonny Moseley was eliminated Monday on Skating With The Stars, leaving actress Rebecca Budig to battle reality TV star Bethenny Frankel for the title of the show’s first champion.
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“I guess I’m a little surprised,” Moseley said after he was eliminated. “[My skate partner] Brooke [Castile], that was an amazing experience and I appreciate how much effort you put in to make me a better skater. I enjoyed spending time with you and you’re a great friend.”
Castille said Moesley “did such a great job, and he’s what this competition is all about. I am so proud of him. He has been the best person to teach!”
A la Dancing With The Stars, Monday’s edition had a niche in the form of a group skate, set to Mariah Carey‘s All I Want for Christmas Is You.
On the night, Moseley (60/70) and Budig (66/70) scored well above Frankel (50/70), but voters chose the former Real Housewives Of New York star over the Olympic gold medalist.
The season-long chill between judge Johnny Weir and Frankel also thawed a bit, as Weir told Frankel he loved watching her freestyle skating routine.
The season finale of Skating With The Stars airs Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.