But despite a pretty icy reception from TV audiences, Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel and All My Children hottie Rebecca Budig twirled into Tuesday's finale with something to prove and one shared goal:
Elate Dick Buttons.
And skate the routine of their lives, of course.
Well, there were no falls, flubs or nervous freakouts this time as Rebecca and pro partner Fred Palascak were named the first-ever (and perhaps only) winners of Skating With the Stars .
"I'm shocked, really I am!," exclaimed Rebecca. "Bethenny and I were talking about it, really…I'm just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher. I've said it a hundred times…I owe it all to you."
Well, we weren't shocked, after she and Fred scored the season's only perfect 60—30 for technical, 30 for artistic impression—on their final skate. As they do on Dancing With the Stars, tonight's numbers were combined with last night's scores and at-home votes.
"I did take on too much, but when you do that you have to just push harder and go through it, and you will get what you want, you will get there in the end," said Bethenny, who—what do you know—was known more for her forceful personality while Rebecca was the more fluid skater.
"Rebecca totally deserves it, she should be a real ice skater," Bethenny added.
The victorious soap star then glided into the winner's circle and hoisted the golden skates.