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Review of "Be Good Johnny Weir" Figure Skating Reality Television Show

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The Bottom Line

Johnny Weir is the 2004, 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Men's Figure Skating Champion. He has caused some debate because he is outspoken. He is also known for his non-traditional and unusual skating costumes.

"Be Good Johnny Weir," a figure skating reality television show, follows the Weir's life and skating career. After seeing the show, the viewer will feel like he or she knows the skater, and will either love him or hate him.

Pros

  • Excellent skating and drama takes place in "Be Good Johnny Weir."
  • The viewer will learn much about skating and also what takes place behind the scenes.

Cons

  • Some of what is discussed or shown may not suitable for children or teens.
  • The show is 1 1/2 hours long, and may be boring for some viewers.

Description

  • "Be Good Johnny Weir" is the first episode in a reality TV series about figure skating champion, Johnny Weir.
  • Each episode is available on iTunes the week after it airs.
  • What is shown in the first episode of "Be Good Johnny Weir," was also shown in the film "Johnny Weir, Pop Star On Ice."
  • Written, produced, directed and edited by David Barba and James Pellerito.
  • It is obvious that Johnny Weir was the inspiration for one of the characters in the movie “Blades of Glory.”
  • Music by Giovanni Spinelli
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • "Be Good Johnny Weir" premiered on 1-18-10 on the Sundance Channel right after Weir qualified for the 2010 Olympics.

Guide Review - Review of "Be Good Johnny Weir" Figure Skating Reality Television Show

"Be Good Johnny Weir" follows figure skating star, Johnny Weir's life and skating. Viewers learn about his career setbacks, conflicts with the media, and his coaching change. Also, his unusual personality, lifestyle, and costumes are discussed.

Some of the things the viewer learns after seeing the show include:

  • Weir grew up in rural Pennsylvannia. After seeing Olympic Champion Oksana Baiul on television in 1994, little Johnny Weir wanted to skate. He first taught himself to roller skate and he practiced and taught himself jumps on roller skates in his basement. His parents bought him used ice skates and he first practiced on a frozen corn field. Then he began group ice skating lessons.

  • Johnny Weir began skating seriously at the age of twelve. That age is considered very late for a figure skater, but Weir showed promise and improved and progressed rapidly.

  • During Weir's first week of ice skating, he landed an Axel jump, which is one of the hardest jumps new figure skaters learn. That accomplishment showed that he had much talent and promise.

  • Priscilla Hill, a talented skater in her own right, was selected as Johnny's coach because Hill, like Weir, jumped in the clockwise direction. Russian coaching legend, Galina Zmievskaya, became Weir's coach in 2007.

  • The viewer will get to glimpse into Weir's personal life and meet his male best friend and companion. Johnny Weir states in the show, "We are like a married couple without the sex."

  • Weir loves fashion; many of his figure skating costumes are quite unusual and have caused some controversy.

  • The viewer gets a chance to see Johnny Weir's major victories and defeats.

Excellent skating and drama takes place in "Be Good Johnny Weir." Viewers will learn much about the elite figure skating world and also what takes place behind the scenes. Figure skating fans and those with only a mild interest in figure skating may enjoy "Be Good Johnny Weir."

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