Dancing with the Stars (Australian TV series)
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|Dancing with the Stars|
|Based on||Strictly Come Dancing|
|Creative director(s)||Kelley Abbey|
|Voices of||Andrew Peters|
|Composer(s)||Dorian West and others|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||17|
|No. of episodes||164|
|Production location(s)||Global Television Studios, South Melbourne, Victoria (2004–15)|
Fox Studios Australia, Sydney, New South Wales (2019)
Docklands Studios Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria (2020-Present)
|Running time||90–150 minutes|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||Original Series:|
5 October 2004 –
7 September 2015
18 February 2019 –
Dancing with the Stars is a Logie Award-winning, Australian light entertainment reality show which originally aired on the Seven Network from 2004 to 2015 and in 2019 began airing on Network 10. When it was on the Seven Network, it was filmed live from the HSV-7 studios (now Global Television studios) in Melbourne and on Network 10 live from Fox Studios Australia in Sydney and Docklands Studios in Melbourne.
The show pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other in a dance-off to impress a panel of judges and ultimately the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through telephone and SMS voting, viewers vote for the duo they think should remain in the competition. Judges' scores are combined with the viewer votes when determining which duo is eliminated.
The show debuted in a short run from October to November 2004, then returned the following February.
The show was a ratings success averaging around 2 million viewers a week nationally during its peak which places the series at number 1 of the entire day.
The logo used for the first seven series of Dancing with the Stars is similar to the logo used by Strictly Come Dancing. The logo used for the eighth series and beyond is similar to that used by the US version of Dancing with the Stars.
In September 2018, the series was announced to be revived by Network 10, with TV presenters and ex-contestants Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller to host (Denyer won season 4 of the show in May 2006). Dancing with the Stars returned to Australian screens on Monday, 18 February 2019. In October 2019 the series was renewed for a seventeenth season and premiered on 9 February 2020.
From seasons 1 to 7, entertainment legend Daryl Somers and dancer/actress/television presenter Sonia Kruger were the two primary hosts. For season 8, Somers was replaced by actor Daniel MacPherson, when Somers returned to the Nine network to host the rebooted Hey Hey, It's Saturday. Kruger continued to co-host with MacPherson, until the start of season 12, when she also defected to the Nine network. Kruger was subsequently replaced by former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. In 2013, Brown was replaced by Sunrise weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew. In 2015, Shane Bourne replaced Daniel MacPherson as co-host.
It was announced in September 2018 that in 2019, a 16th season would begin. A whole new cast and crew will be involved in a new production with a 'fresh look' with Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller co-hosting.
From seasons 1 to 7, the judging panel consisted of four primary judges: Todd McKenney, Helen Richey, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson. At the start of season 8, Mercurio left the judging panel. Before the eleventh season began, Wilson was dumped by the Seven network and replaced by Joshua Horner. McKenney, Richey and Horner have made up the primary judging panel since 2011. Kym Johnson who comes from the United States version of Dancing with the Stars and Adam Garcia join the judging panel in 2013. In 2015, Bruno Tonioli replaced Garcia as a judge for the first three weeks before leaving just three judges for the rest of the season.
Ian "Dicko" Dickson and Bruno Tonioli have also appeared as guest judges throughout the series, providing feedback and scores as part of their judging role. Pamela Anderson, Damian Whitewood, Olivia Newton-John and Dame Edna Everage have also appeared as guest judges on the Seven Network series, but providing comments and feedback only.
|Craig Revel Horwood|
Professional partnersColor key:
- Third place
- Celebrity partner was eliminated first for the season
- Celebrity partner withdrew from the competition
- Celebrity partner quit from the competition
|Duration dates||Celebrity honour places|
|Premiere||Finale||Winner||Second place||Third place|
|1||8||5 October 2004||23 November 2004||Bec Cartwright & Michael Miziner||Pauline Hanson & Salvatore Vecchio||Justin Melvey & Kym Johnson|
|2||10||8 February 2005||26 April 2005||Tom Williams & Kym Johnson||Ian Roberts & Natalie Lowe||Holly Brisley & Mark Hodge|
|3||10||6 September 2005||8 November 2005||Ada Nicodemou & Aric Yegudkin||Chris Bath & Trenton Shipley||Ian "Dicko" Dickson & Leanne Bampton|
|4||10||21 February 2006||9 May 2006||Grant Denyer & Amanda Garner||Kostya Tszyu & Luda Kroitor||Toby Allen & Leanne Bampton|
|5||10||3 October 2006||28 November 2006||Anthony Koutoufides & Natalie Lowe||Arianne Caoili & Carmello Pizzino||Tamsyn Lewis & Arsen Kishishian|
|6||10||20 February 2007||1 May 2007||Kate Ceberano & John-Paul Collins||Fifi Box & Paul Green||Tim Campbell & Natalie Lowe|
|7||10||25 September 2007||27 November 2007||Bridie Carter & Craig Monley||Anh Do & Luda Kroitor||David Hobson & Karina Schembri|
|8||10||31 August 2008||9 November 2008||Luke Jacobz & Luda Kroitor||Danny Green & Natalie Lowe||Paul Licuria & Eliza Campagna|
|9||11||5 July 2009||6 September 2009||Adam Brand & Jade Hatcher||Matt White & Ash-Leigh Hunter||Kylie Gillies & Carmello Pizzino|
|10||11||27 June 2010||29 August 2010||Rob Palmer & Alana Patience||Tamara Jaber & Carmello Pizzino||Alex Fevola & Arsen Kishishian|
|11||11||8 May 2011||10 July 2011||Manu Feildel & Alana Patience||Haley Bracken & Aric Yegudkin||Damien Leith & Melanie Hooper|
|12||11||15 April 2012||17 June 2012||Johnny Ruffo & Luda Kroitor||Danielle Spencer & Damian Whitewood||Zoe Cramond & Aric Yegudkin|
|13||12||1 October 2013||26 November 2013||Cosentino & Jessica Raffa||Rhiannon Fish & Aric Yegudkin||Tina Arena & Damian Whitewood|
|14||11||30 September 2014||25 November 2014||David Rodan & Melanie Hooper||Lynne McGranger & Carmello Pizzino||Ricki-Lee Coulter & Jarryd Byrne|
|15||11||19 July 2015||7 September 2015||Emma Freedman & Aric Yegudkin||Matthew Mitcham & Masha Belash||Ash Pollard & Jarryd Byrne|
|16||11||18 February 2019||22 April 2019||Samuel Johnson & Jorja Freeman||Courtney Act & Josh Keefe||Constance Hall & Gustavo Viglio|
|17||10||9 February 2020||29 March 2020||Celia Pacquola & Jarryd Byrne||Christian Wilkins & Lily Cornish||Claudia Karvan & Aric Yegudkin|
The following are the dances performed by couples on Dancing with the Stars. In addition, each couple in the final round performs a dance of any style or combination of styles of their choosing, called "freestyle".
- These scores have been modified to be out of 30, instead of 40.
Champion of Champions
In late 2005, the winners of series two (Tom Williams) and three (Ada Nicodemou) competed against each other for the title of Champion of Champions. Series one winner Bec Hewitt did not compete as she was pregnant at the time. Ada Nicodemou and her partner Aric Yegudkin won the championship, defeating Tom Williams and his partner, Kym Johnson, based on the judges' scores.
- 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 winning couple.
- indicates the runner-up couple.
|Ada & Aric||1||31+31+31=93||29+33+38=100||193|
|Tom & Kym||2||25+33+33=91||26+31+40=97||188|
The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained.
|1||15||1||Emma Freedman||Aric Yegudkin||27.8|
|2||5||2||Arianne Caoili||Carmello Pizzino||27.5*|
|3||12||2||Danielle Spencer||Damian Whitewood||27.5|
|4||6||3||Tim Campbell||Natalie Lowe||27.1*|
|5||13||3||Tina Arena||Damian Whitewood||26.9*|
|8||1||Luke Jacobz||Luda Kroiter||26.9|
|7||1||Bridie Carter||Craig Monley||26.9*|
|12||3||Zoe Cramond||Aric Yegudkin||26.9|
|9||10||2||Tamara Jaber||Carmello Pizzino||26.6|
|15||2||Matthew Mitcham||Masha Belash||26.6|
- * These celebrities were scored were out of 40 and their marks have been altered to be made out of 30.
Number of perfect scores
The scores presented below represent the perfect scores which the celebrities gained in their original season.
|# of 30/40s||Season||Place||Celebrity|
|Grant Denyer |
|Tom Williams |
|Bec Cartwright |
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