Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is scheduled to appear in Season 1 of Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars, which premieres on the CW on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Johnny will compete against 19 other famous candidates on the program. Following the concept of the show, two contestants train with Criss in each episode to master his excellent competition magic tricks and produce a stunning array of magic shows to amaze the audience. The celebrity with the highest score at the end of each episode of Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars will receive the coveted Golden Wand. According to the show’s official synopsis:
“The series was shot on the AMYSTIKA stage at the Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, with host Eddie Griffin (“Undercover Brother”, “A Star is Born”).”
Johnny Weir, contestant on Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars, is a former figure skater.
An analyst and host, Johnny Weir was born on July 2, 1984 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, to John Weir and Patti Weir (née Moore). His father is a nuclear power plant engineer while his mother is a home inspector and nuclear power plant worker. Johnny started skating at the age of 12 and fell in love with it right away. Known throughout his career as “a very lyrical skater” and “an engaging performer,” his clothing choices and candor often caused conflict with the U.S. figure skating team. Despite this, he won several competitions and prizes.
In 1991, he became the youngest U.S. National Champion, and in 2004, he became the first skater to win the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Furthermore, Johnny is known for being the first American to win the Russian Cup in 2007. The two-time Olympian represented the United States at the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010. He is also a two-time bronze medalist of the Grand Prix Final, the 2001 World Junior Winner , and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2004-2006).
Johnny retired from figure skating in 2013 after showing his skills in the ring for years. In 2014, he joined NBC as a pundit for the Sochi Olympics. Johnny came out in early 2011 and has been active in LGBTQ advocacy ever since. He even competed on Dancing with the Stars season 29 in 2020 with partner Britt Stewart, the show’s first black female professional dancer. The duo advanced to the semi-finals before being kicked out of the competition.
Johnny also appeared as “Egg” in season 2 of The Masked Singer before being dropped in the first week. On Peacock, he also acted as an American commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Tara Lipinski, a gold medalist in 1998, and Johnny are best friends. They have hosted many shows together, including Food Network’s Wedding Cake Challenge. He was previously married to Victor Voronov, but the couple separated in 2015 after a four-year marriage.
Johnny is now preparing to appear in front of the judges in Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars. The event will feature 20 celebrity entrants judged by Star Magician Criss Angel, Master Magician Lance Burton and Emmy Award-winning comedian Loni Love.