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'Battle of the Blades' Hits a High Note in Canada

When CBC first announced the concept for the reality-based skating show, “Battle of the Blades” it met with mixed reviews.

But as the show has progressed, it has garnered a legion of loyal watchers. Aired live in prime time, coast-to-coast across Canada on Sunday and Monday evenings, a weekly audience of 1.5 million viewers watch the innovative show.

Hosted by Ron MacLean and Canada’s skating sweetheart Kurt Browning, the production boasts a star-studded, behind-the-scenes line-up of choreographers and technical experts.

Enthusiastic fans from both the skating and hockey worlds have embraced the show and attend the live tapings at Maple Leaf Gardens in droves. The finale will undoubtedly be a sell-out.

The best news is that the ratio of men to women who attend the shows is pretty equal.

IFS has been capturing the action firsthand. Check out the full report and exclusive photos in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of IFS!