Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand TV series)

Dancing with the Stars is a New Zealand television series based on the British series Strictly Come Dancing. The show introduces New Zealand celebrities paired with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other in a competition to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through a telephone poll, viewers vote for those couples who should stay. The public vote and the average score given by the panel of judges equally go towards deciding who should leave. Proceeds from the voting go to the celebrity contestant's charity of choice.

Dancing with the Stars
Created byBBC
Presented byJason Gunn (2005–2009)
Candy Lane (2005–2009)
Dominic Bowden (2015)
Sharyn Casey (2015, 2018–)
Dai Henwood (2018–)
Country of originNew Zealand
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes76
Production location(s)Avalon Studios (2005–2009)
South Pacific Pictures (2015, 2018–)
Running time90–120 minutes (with commercials)
Original networkTV One (2005–2009)
Three (2015, 2018–)
Picture format16:9
Original release1 May 2005 (2005-05-01) 
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Dancing with the Stars has been popular with the New Zealand public. The first series, which aired in 2005, was the highest rated timeslot programme, averaged 730,000 people per episode, while the second series had an average of 804,000. Up to a million people tuned into each of the series finales.[1][2] The third series premiered in 2007 with 735,000 viewers, the fourth series premiered in 2008 with 720,000 viewers, and the fifth series premiered with over 800,000 viewers, the highest of all previous series debuts.[3]

From 20052009, the show was hosted by television personality Jason Gunn and co-hosted by professional dancer Candy Lane. All music was performed live by the Dancing with the Stars band, led by musical director Carl Doy. For the 2015 series, the show was hosted by Dominic Bowden and co-hosted by radio personality Sharyn Casey.

TVNZ announced in November 2009 that the show would not be returning in 2010, due to the economic climate.[4] In November 2013, television production house Great Southern Television announced that it had acquired the New Zealand rights to the show and would be pitching a new series to all broadcasters.[5] In March 2015, it was announced that Dancing with the Stars had been picked up by TV3 for a sixth series, which began airing in May 2015.[6] In December 2017, it was that announced that a seventh series would air, this began in April 2018.[7] In November 2018, it was announced that the eighth series would air, beginning in April 2019.[8]

Judging panel

JudgeSeries 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8
Alison Leonard
Brendan Cole
Paul Mercurio
Donna Dawson
Carol-Ann Hickmore
Craig Revel Horwood
Candy Lane
Stefano Olivieri
Hayley Holt
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup
Rachel White
Julz Tocker

Series overview

Series No. of
Duration dates Celebrity honour places
Premiere Finale Winner Second place Third place
1 8 1 May 2005 19 June 2005 Norm Hewitt & Carol-Ann Hickmore Shane Cortese & Nerida Lister N/A
2 7 May 2006 25 June 2006 Lorraine Downes & Aaron Gilmore Beatrice Faumuina & Brian Jones
3 10 April 2007 29 May 2007 Suzanne Paul & Stefano Oliveri Megan Alatini & Jonny Williams
4 26 February 2008 15 April 2008 Temepara George & Stefano Oliveri Monty Betham & Nerida Jantti
5 3 March 2009 21 April 2009 Tamati Coffey & Samantha Hitchcock Barbara Kendall & Jonny Williams
6 10 31 May 2015 19 July 2015 Simon Barnett & Vanessa Cole Chrystal Chenery & Jonny Williams Siobhan Marshall & Charlie Billington
7 12 29 April 2018 1 July 2018 Samantha Hayes & Aaron Gilmore Chris Harris & Vanessa Cole Jess Quinn & Jonny Williams
8 14 April 2019 16 June 2019 Manu Vatuvei & Loryn Reynolds Laura Daniel & Shae Mountain Clinton Randell & Brittany Coleman

List of dances

The following are a list of dances that contestants and their partners have performed in an episode:

Ballroom Dances Latin Dances
Viennese Waltz

In the sixth series, the Argentine Tango and Salsa were also performed. In the seventh series, the Charleston and Reggaeton were also performed. The Hip hop and Contemporary made their debut in eighth series.

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

Series 8


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