11/17/2010

Explosive Combo of Foreigner Music and Competitive Skating Stokes the Flames of Improv-Ice

The hot-blooded swells of Foreigner music will ramp up a star-studded cast of world-class skaters during the highly-anticipated Improv-Ice NBC special set for Sunday, November 21. UPDATE: Improv-Ice will re-broadcast on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel!

In this nationally-televised special hosted by Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi, reality television takes to the ice with skaters getting the ultimate test of prowess and creativity as they choreograph one-of-a-kind skating routines set to 11 Foreigner songs.

The entertaining show format keeps skaters guessing in terms of music selection, choreography and costuming.  Audience and viewers have the opportunity to vote for the most creative skater in their impromptu routines. Results will be announced on the televised Nov. 21 special, from 4-6pm EST on NBC.

In addition to Boitano and Yamaguchi hosting the show, the cast of  Improv-Ice skaters includes 2010 Olympian Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek; 2010 Bronze Medalist Joannie Rochette; 2010 U.S. Champion Rachel Flatt; 2 time U.S. Champion Jeremy Abbott (2010 and 2009); 2009 U.S. Champion Alissa Czisny; 2008 World Champion and 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeffrey Buttle; 2007 U.S. Silver Medalist Ryan Bradley; and 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen.  Skaters will lace up and have a chance to do trademark jumps, spins and footwork set to the jaw-dropping delivery of a live Foreigner performance.

Foreigner founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones hints about the show and his band’s performance: “We’re ready to stoke the skaters in an event where anything can happen. The cast brings its A-game and the audience is amazing.”

Foreigner founder Mick Jones, 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, Foreigner lead
vocalist Kelly Hansen and 1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano

Here is a preview of the NBC special as 2010 U.S. Olympian Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek figure skates to Foreigner's performance of Cold As Ice!

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