Hooray! Season 2 of Be Good Johnny Weir premiered yesterday on Logo (Channel 155 on Time Warner for me). As some of you may know, I am a huge Johnny fan -- a fan of his skating, a fan of his personality and a fan of his shamelessness. He has always been gracious to lifeskate.com and for as long as I live, I will always remember my first interview with him in NYC during a New York Fashion Week event. Recently Johnny announced that he is returning to competition -- his two international assignments for the 2012-2013 season are Cup of Russia (November 9-12) and Trophee Eric Bompard (November 16-18) -- and hoping to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He's 28 years old now so is not a spring chicken; however, Evgeny Plushenko was no youngster either but gave Evan Lysacek a run for the gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Johnny really needs the quad to keep up. But I digress...
So Season 1 was all about the road to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, where Johnny placed sixth overall. Season 2 picks up after the Olympics where's he's decided to take the year off to focus on other projects. I'll be providing a recap of each episode and you can also watch entire episodes here.
Episode 1: I'm Celine Dion, where's my Grammy?
At the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey, Johnny contemplates life after the 2010 Winter Olympics with agent/manager Tara Modlin. There are a lot of projects he wants to pursue and she encourages him to explore his many other talents while he is still "a star." One thing he wants to do for sure is produce and star in his own skating spectacular. He comments that he was the only American not invited to tour with Stars On Ice because he was not "family friendly." Post Olympics, he has already announced that he is gay and the earth revolves around the sun.
In New York City, he meets up with BFFs Nicole and Paris (aka Justin). They both support Johnny's desire to branch out into nonskating pursuits. Paris notes that when Johnny puts his mind to something, he will succeed and gives an example that if Johnny wants to sell hot dogs, he would be the best.
In Johnny's apartment, music producer Lucian Piane reaches out to Johnny on Facebook and suggests they collaborate on a song. Johnny is interested, even more so when he realizes that Lucian is also record producer for RuPaul, the superstar drag queen who hosts the reality competition show RuPaul's Drag Race.
Back in NYC, Johnny has lunch with his choreographer Nina Petrenko (wife of coach Viktor Petrenko and daughter of his other coach Galina Zmievskaya). He mentions the skating spectacular idea and she is wary that unless it is truly spectacular, people will stop taking him seriously as a skater.
We are now in Los Angeles and Johnny has been busy writing lyrics for his song "Dirty Love" which he describes as a love/hate, give/take game that he plays with the media. He meets with Lucian and tells him he wants to win a Grammy with the song -- Lucian remains stoic. In the hotel bathroom, Johnny Skypes with his mother, Patti, and announces that he is trying his luck at singing. She expresses surprise to put it mildly. Johnny comments that taking this time off from competitive skating has actually been harder for his mother, who has been there by his side since the beginning -- aww, sweet. Moms never get enough credit.
In the music studio in LA, Johnny and music producer Lucian Piane begin work on "Dirty Love." Johnny is terrible. He is not a singer. He knows it too. He needs a pep talk.
Johnny and RuPaul meet and RuPaul gives him the advice he's been seeking -- The world needs you Johnny. It doesn't matter if you suck at singing. It's more important that the audience relates to you and shares the commonality that they too can't sing for their lives. Johnny goes back to the studio with renewed confidence and with the magic of autotune, Luciane produces a pretty decent song. I heard it did really well in Japan.
Back in NYC, Tara has exciting news -- Johnny will sing "Dirty Love" live in...Flint, Michigan! Tara is producing a skating show called Holiday Dreams On Ice and thinks this is the perfect venue to debut the song. Johnny is horrified as he doubts there is one gay person in Flint. Tara's assistant Danny then utters the funniest line in the show -- "It's for the kids."
It is now December 11, 2011 (how time flies) and Holiday Dreams On Ice is set to start in Flint, Michigan. Johnny decides to sing his song while skating and doing his tricks. The tricks detract from his singing and that is a good thing.
Episode 1 ends with Johnny's alter ego, Russian reporter Viacheslav Romanov, recapping Johnny's foray into the music business.
Next up...A recap of Episode 2: Johnny decides to come out in his memoir.