Johnny Weir Has Big Plans - NBC Chicago

Johnny Weir Has Big Plans



    Figure skating champ Johnny Weir dishes on his Ice Dreams expo, his reality TV career, and his relationship with Evan Lysacek. (Published Friday, March 19, 2010)

    Johnny Weir may be a figure skating champion, reality TV personality and an outspoken character, but he's still got big plans ahead of him.

    "I really want to produce my own shows and my own tour," he told NBC Chicago. "I want Lady Gaga performing live [and] Elton John tinkering on a piano."

    Weir is in town to make a special appearance at what's being called the "American Idol of Skating." ICE DREAMS will be held April 1st at 7 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

    "It'll be a great opportunity for kids to skate with Olympians," the 25-year-old Weir explained.

    Weir complements his undeniable talent with a definite flair for the dramatic.  He placed 6th at the Vancouver 2010 Games and became one of the most talked about skaters in the world. 

    Some critics argued his skating was too feminine, with one commentator saying Weir should get a gender test.

    "That hurts me, but if I can in anyway help the next generation of kids that want to go out there, and not fit to a cookie cutter idea of what a normal person is, or how somebody should act in a certain situation, then I'll do it," he said.

    Weir was not invited to go on tour with the Stars on Ice this year, and many of his fans believe it's because of his perceived sexual orientation. 

    "I've never been invited to be a part of Stars on Ice, so it wasn't necessarily a shock," he said.

    As for the 2014 Olympics in Russia, Weir -- who speaks fluent Russian -- said he would love to be there. 

    "It would be really a dream come true," Weir said.