It Takes Two (Australian TV series)

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It Takes Two
Format Celebrity participation
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Production
Running time approx 90 to 120 minutes per episode
(including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 28 May 2006 – 22 April 2008

It Takes Two is the Australian version of UK series Just the Two of Us, which ran for three seasons from 2006 until 2008.[1]

Concept[edit]

The show pairs celebrities with professional singers who each week compete against each other in a sing-off to impress a panel of judges and ultimately the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination.

Through both telephone and SMS voting, viewers vote for the duo they think should remain in the competition. Judges' scores are also taken into account and are combined with the viewer votes when determining which duos stay and go each week.

The show was originally referred to in the media as Singing with the Stars, partly because of the similarity in concept to Dancing with the Stars.

Grant Denyer hosted It Takes Two between 2006 and 2008 with a various of female co-hosts such as Terasa Livingstone, Kate Ritchie and the most recent host from the 2008 series Erika Heynatz.

On air[edit]

Regular judges
Musical conductor
Guest judge
Co-hosts

Series One (2006)[edit]

The first series premiered on Sunday 28 May 2006 and concluded on Sunday 6 August 2006. It featured the following celebrities:

Celebrity Occupation Professional singer Genre/s eliminated on Song/s eliminated on Placing
Erika Heynatz Model and television personality David Hobson Winners
on 6 August
Sarah Ryan Former Olympic swimmer Guy Sebastian R&B

Pop song

"I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5

"Angels Brought Me Here" by Guy Sebastian

Runners-up
on 6 August
Mark Furze Actor – Home and Away Rachael Beck Swing

Musical

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

"Beauty and the Beast" by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion

Eliminated 8th
on 30 July
Kate Ritchie Actress – Home and Away Troy Cassar-Daley Swing "Route 66" by Sammy Davis, Jr. Eliminated 7th
on 23 July
Richard Champion Former Australian Rules footballer Wendy Matthews "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News Eliminated 6th
on 16 July
Simon Reeve Television presenter Paulini Curuenavuli Ballad "Reminiscing" by Little River Band Eliminated 5th
on 9 July
Michael Bevan Australian cricketer Jade MacRae "With or Without You" by U2 Eliminated 4th
on 2 July
Kate Fischer Model and actress Dave Gleeson Rock & Roll "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley Eliminated 3rd
on 25 June
Judy Nunn Former Actress – Home and Away and author Glenn Shorrock Musicals "Luck Be a Lady" from Guys and Dolls Eliminated 2nd
on 18 June
Richard Zachariah Journalist and television presenter Karen Knowles Rock "Gloria" by Van Morrison Eliminated 1st
on 4 June

Judges' scores[edit]

Scorecard
Red numbers indicate the couples with the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the couples with the highest score for each week.
     indicates the couples eliminated that week
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple

EP = Episode
S = Swing, P = Pop, R = Rock, M = Movies/Musicals, R&R = Rock & Roll, N1 = Number Ones, B = Ballad, D = Disco, C = Country, PR = Professional Hit, R&B = R&B, FA = Fast, SL = Slow, J = Journey.

Couple EP 1 EP 2 EP 3 EP 4 EP 5 EP 6 EP 7 EP 8 EP 9 EP 10
Erika/David 26
P
30
M
31
R&R
34
N1
30
B
32
C
34
R
73
S, R&B
73
PR, D
112
FA, SL, J
Sarah/Guy 25
P
28
M
26
R&R
27
N1
30
D
28
C
33
S
68
R, B
61
PR, R&B
101
FA, SL, J
Mark/Rachael 30
P
23
M
28
R&R
32
N1
31
B
35
D
33
R
71
S, R&B
64
PR, C
Kate/Troy 24
P
26
M
30
R&B
27
N1
24
B
36
R&R
35
R
66
C, SW
Richard/Wendy 29
P
23
M
21
R&B
25
N1
25
D
32
R&R
28
C
Simon/Paulini 25
S
30
R
29
R&B
22
N1
30
D
25
B
Michael/Jade 25
S
23
R
28
R&B
24
N1
29
C
Kate/Dave 20
S
22
R
24
R&R
22
N1
Judy/Glen 27
P
27
M
23
R&B
Richard/Karen 16
S
18
R

Erika Heynatz and her partner David Hobson were eventually declared the winners, defeating Sarah Ryan and her partner, Guy Sebastian.

Average chart[edit]

This chart is based on the celebrities averages and not their place in the competition.

Rank by
average
Competition
finish
Couple Total Number of
performances
Average
1 1 Erika & David 475 14 33.9
2 2 Sarah & Guy 427 14 30.5
3 4 Kate & Troy 269 9 29.9
4 3 Mark & Rachael 314 11 28.5
5 6 Simon & Paulini 161 6 26.8
6 5 Richard & Wendy 183 8 26.1
7 7 Michael & Jade 129 5 25.8
8 9 Judy & Glenn 77 3 25.7
9 8 Kate & David 88 4 22.0
10 10 Richard & Karen 34 2 17.0

Season summary[edit]

  • There was no episode broadcast on 11 June due to the Seven Network's coverage of a rugby union international between Australia and England, therefore there were no contestant eliminations for that week.
  • On 23 July, Larry Emdur was the fill-in host for Grant Denyer. This was due to Denyer's commitments in the second tier of the V8 Supercars series.
  • Nick Lachey was a special guest in the grand finale on 6 August, who performed "What's Left of Me".

Series Two (2007)[edit]

The second series premiered on Tuesday, 8 May 2007 and concluded on Tuesday, 10 July 2007. It featured the following celebrities:

Celebrity Occupation Professional singer Genre/s eliminated on Song/s eliminated on Placing
Jolene Anderson Actress – All Saints David Campbell Winners
on 10 July
Jo Stanley Television and radio personality Anthony Callea Rock 'n' Roll
Professional Hit
"Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
"The Prayer" by Anthony Callea
Runners-up
on 10 July
Mimi Macpherson Environmentalist and TV presenter David Hobson Swing
Movies
"My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone
"Hanky Panky" by Madonna
Eliminated 8th
on 3 July
Ernie Dingo Actor, presenter – The Great Outdoors Rachael Beck Rock "Solid Rock" by Goanna Eliminated 7th
on 26 June
Daniel Kowalski Former Olympic swimmer Kate Ceberano The 80s "Walking on Sunshine" by Eddy Grant Eliminated 6th
on 19 June
Bobby Morley Actor – Home and Away Jade MacRae 70s & 80s "Hold the Line" by Toto Eliminated 5th
on 12 June
Julia Zemiro Comedian, television presenter – RocKwiz Dave Gleeson Rock & Roll "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley Eliminated 4th
on 5 June
Russell Gilbert Comedian Wendy Matthews Number One Hits "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry Eliminated 3rd
on 29 May
Krystal Forscutt Big Brother Australia 2006 contestant, Zoo Weekly columnist and model Troy Cassar-Daley Ballad "Heaven" by Bryan Adams Eliminated 2nd
on 22 May
Lochie Daddo Actor Paulini Curuenavuli Swing "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra Eliminated 1st
on 15 May

Judges' scores[edit]

Celebrity/Singing partners Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 61 Week 7 Week 82 Week 92 Week 103
Jolene Anderson/David Campbell 32 30 33 36 37 45 40 78 75 115
Jo Stanley/Anthony Callea 30 28 33 30 33 40 28 63 74 105
Mimi Macpherson/David Hobson 28 19 26 23 24 35 28 61 69
Ernie Dingo/Rachael Beck 26 26 28 27 22 37 33 61
Daniel Kowalski/Kate Ceberano 20 28 30 33 28 40 31
Bobby Morley/Jade MacRae 26 26 24 30 28 37
Julia Zemiro/Dave Gleeson 22 27 28 33 31
Russell Gilbert/Wendy Matthews 27 31 31 27
Krystal Forscutt/Troy Cassar-Daley 23 30 26
Lochie Daddo/Paulini Curuenavuli 22 20

1Week 6 featured a guest judge (Daryl Braithwaite), and scores were out of 50.
2Contestants in weeks 8 & 9 performed two songs, resulting with two scores out of 40, and added to out of 80.
3Contestants in the grand finale performed three songs, with three scores out of 40, and added out of 120.

Average chart[edit]

This chart is based on the celebrities averages and not their place in the competition.

Rank by
average
Competition
finish
Couple Total Number of
performances
Average
1 1 Jolene & David 512 14 36.6
2 2 Jo & Anthony 456 14 32.3
3 8 Russell & Wendy 116 4 29.0
4 5 Daniel & Kate 202 7 28.9
5 7 Julia & David 141 5 28.2
6 4 Ernie & Rachael 253 9 28.1
7 3 Mimi & David 306 11 27.8
8 6 Bobby & Jade 164 6 27.3
9 9 Krystal & Troy 79 3 26.3
10 10 Lochie & Paulini 42 2 21.0

Season summary[edit]

Series Three (2008)[edit]

The third series of It Takes Two commenced on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 on Seven. The following celebrities and singers are performing, and confirmation of partners are now known. In addition, Erika Heynatz, winner of Season 1 of the series is the new co-host alongside Grant Denyer.

Celebrity Occupation Professional singer Genre/s eliminated on Song/s eliminated on Placing
Julia Morris Television presenter, actor and writer David Hobson Winners
on 22 April
Russell Robertson Australian Football League player Kate Ceberano Fast
Slow
Journey
"Can't Buy Me Love" by Michael Bublé
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John
"Home" by Michael Bublé
Runner Up
on 22 April
Virginia Gay Actress - All Saints Ian Moss Rock
Professional Hit
"One" by U2
"Tucker's Daughter" by Ian Moss
Eliminated 8th
on 15 April
Paul O'Brien Actor – Home and Away Jade MacRae Swing "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin Eliminated 7th
on 8 April
Candice Falzon Ironwoman Anthony Callea Rock "Hook Me Up" by The Veronicas Eliminated 6th
on 1 April
Sara Groen Seven News Sydney weather presenter Adam Harvey Disco "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White Eliminated 5th
on 25 March
Chloe Maxwell Television presenter David Campbell 80s "Crazy For You" by Madonna Eliminated 4th
on 11 March
Scott Draper Professional tennis and golf player Ricki-Lee Coulter Ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" by Michael Bolton Eliminated 3rd
on 4 March
Mark Wilson Professional dancer,
Dancing With The Stars judge
Rachael Beck Country "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton Eliminated 2nd
on 26 February
John Mangos Sky News Australia anchor Wendy Matthews Pop "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder Eliminated 1st
on 19 February

Judges' scores[edit]

Celebrity/Singing partners[3] Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 51 Week 6 Week 7 Week 82 Week 92 Week 103
Julia Morris/David Hobson 29 32 35 33 38 32 35 67 69 117
Russell Robertson/Kate Ceberano 31 32 33 33 36 36 33 70 72 109
Virginia Gay/Ian Moss 35 32 34 31 32 33 38 75 69
Paul O'Brien/Jade MacRae 22 25 19 22 23 19 30 59
Candice Falzon/Anthony Callea 24 28 28 29 33 29 28
Sara Groen/Adam Harvey 30 27 23 30 27 31
Chloe Maxwell/David Campbell 29 29 29 32 28
Scott Draper/Ricki-Lee Coulter 28 31 30 27
Mark Wilson/Rachael Beck 27 31 22
John Mangos/Wendy Matthews 21 24

1Week 5 featured a guest judge (Dannii Minogue), and scores were still out of 40. She replaced Ross Wilson for the week, as he was unable to attend.
2Contestants in weeks 8 & 9 performed two songs, resulting with two scores out of 40, and added to out of 80.
3Contestants in the grand finale will perform three songs, with three scores out of 40, and added out of 120.

Average chart[edit]

This chart is based on the celebrities averages and not their place in the competition.

Rank by
average
Competition
finish
Couple Total Number of
performances
Average
1 1 Julia & David 487 14 34.8
2 2 Russell & Kate 485 14 34.6
3 3 Virginia & Ian 379 11 34.5
4 7 Chloe & David 147 5 29.4
5 8 Scott & Ricki Lee 116 4 29.0
6 5 Candice & Anthony 199 7 28.4
7 6 Sara & Adam 168 6 28.0
8 9 Mark & Rachael 80 3 26.7
9 4 Paul & Jade 219 9 24.3
10 10 John & Wendy 45 2 22.5

Season summary[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Series 1 was a hit for the Seven Network, providing them with solid numbers post 7:30 pm, where on a Sunday; Seven has had little success up against the Nine Network's 60 Minutes, and Big Brother and Australian Idol on Network Ten.

Series 2 moved to a new night and time in 2007: 7:30 pm Tuesdays, airing in the slot usually occupied by the highly successful Dancing with the Stars. The premiere ranked third for the night, averaging 1.5 million viewers, behind Seven's news programming and ahead of a special extended edition of Nine's 20 to 1 episode "Great Movie One-Liners".[5] The show has now managed to stay in the top 3 of the rating, and has been proved to be very successful for the Seven Network.

In Series 3, with only one season of Dancing with the Stars to air later in 2008, It Takes Two was moved to February, however retains the highly successful timeslot of 7:30 pm on Tuesdays.

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