Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 12)

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Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 12)
Country of originAustralia
No. of episodes10
Release
Original networkSeven Network
Original release15 April –
17 June 2012
Additional information
Celebrity winnerJohnny Ruffo
Professional winnerLuda Kroitor
Season chronology
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Season 13

The twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on April 15, 2012, at the 6:30pm time slot on Channel Seven.[1] With previous co-host Sonia Kruger defecting to Channel Nine, former Spice Girl and American Dancing with the Stars season 5 runner up Mel B was hired as her replacement.[2] Daniel MacPherson continues his role as main host of the show, along with judges Todd McKenney, Helen Richey, and Joshua Horner.

Background[edit]

The cast for the season were revealed on 13 March 2012 via the Seven website, along with their professional partners,[3] although four contestants were revealed in late February 2012.[4] This cast has been seen as a star increase on the previous year's cast, particularly with the addition of new international co-host Mel B, and former Nine daytime talkshow host Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Six new professional dancers, including former American Dancing with the Stars professional Damian Whitewood, Christopher Page, Elena Samodanova, Jess Prince, Gleb Savchenko and Damien Samuel have been recruited to replace non-returning professional dancers Alana Patience, Brendon Midson, Arsen Kishishian, Masha Belash, Jade Brand and Mark Hodge.

Couples[edit]

Celebrity Occupation Professional partner Status
Erin McNaught
Model, actress, & presenter
Gleb Savchenko
Eliminated 1st
on 22 April 2012
Caine Eckstein
Ironman
Jess Prince
Eliminated 2nd
on 29 April 2012
Vogue Williams
International DJ
Christopher Page
Eliminated 3rd
on 6 May 2012
Shannon Noll
Singer-songwriter
Elena Samodanova
Withdrew
on 13 May 2012
Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Former daytime talk show host
Carmelo Pizzino
Eliminated 4th
on 20 May 2012
Jessica Watson
Solo yachtswoman
Damien Samuel
Eliminated 5th
on 27 May 2012
Brian Mannix
Uncanny X-Men lead singer
Melanie Hooper
Eliminated 6th
on 3 June 2012
Brendan Fevola
AFL player
Jessica Raffa
Eliminated 7th
on 10 June 2012
Zoe Cramond
Packed to the Rafters actress
Aric Yegudkin
Third Place
on 17 June 2012
Danielle Spencer
Actress, singer-songwriter
Damian Whitewood
Runners-Up
on 17 June 2012
Johnny Ruffo
The X Factor contestant
Luda Kroitor
Winners
on 17 June 2012

Dance schedule[edit]

The celebrities and professional partners will dance one of these routines for each corresponding week.

  • Week 1: Cha-cha-cha or Viennese Waltz
  • Week 2: Jive or Foxtrot
  • Week 3: One unlearned dance (Personal Song/Story week)
  • Week 4: One unlearned dance (Australian Music week)
  • Week 5: One unlearned dance (Broadway Week)
  • Week 6: One unlearned dance and Dance Off (Movies/Musicals Week)
  • Week 7: One unlearned dance and Team Dances
  • Week 8: One unlearned ballroom and Instant Latin dance
  • Week 9: One unlearned dance and Argentine Tango
  • Week 10: Redemption dance, Cha-cha-cha Face-off and Freestyle

Judges scores[edit]

Couple Place 1 2 1+2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Johnny & Luda 1 20 22 42 22 27 25 26+10=36 21+28=49 26+25=51 25+22=47 29+26+30=85
Danielle & Damian 2 25 25 50 27 26 28 30+8=38 28+27=55 28+28=56 27+29=56 28+27+29=84
Zoe & Aric 3 27 24 51 25 27 28 27+9=36 30+27=57 29+27=56 26+30=56 23+27=50
Brendan & Jessica 4 20 23 43 20 20 23 14+7=21 18+28=46 24+22=46 15+27=42
Brian & Melanie 5 16 20 36 21 22 16 16+6=22 21+28=49 19+13=32
Jessica & Damien 6 18 8 26 21 21 21 15+4=19 13+27=40
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 7 22 27 49 22 18 19 22+5=27
Shannon & Elena 8 16 16 32 15 20
Vogue & Christopher 9 14 20
34
21 16
Caine & Jess 10 21 17 38 20
Erin & Gleb 11 16 21
37
Red numbers indicate the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the highest score for each week.
     indicates the couple eliminated that week.
     indicates the couple withdrew from the competition.
     indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two.
     indicates the returning couple that was the last to be called safe.
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple.
     indicates the third-place couple.

Averages[edit]

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 30-points scale.

Rank by
Average
Place Couple Total Points
Earned
Number of
Dances
Average
1 2 Danielle & Damian 412 15 27.46
2 3 Zoe & Aric 377 14 26.93
3 1 Johnny & Luda 374 15 24.93
4 7 Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 130 6 21.67
5 4 Brendan & Jessica 254 12 21.16
6 10 Caine & Jess 58 3 19.33
7 5 Brian & Melanie 191 10 19.10
8 11 Erin & Gleb 37 2 18.50
9 6 Jessica & Damien 144 8 18.00
10 9 Vogue & Christopher 71 4 17.75
11 8 Shannon & Elena 67 4 16.75

Highest and lowest scoring performances[edit]

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' marks are as follows:

Dance Best dancer(s) Best score Worst dancer(s) Worst score
Foxtrot Johnny Ruffo 29 Shannon Noll 15
Cha Cha Cha Danielle Spencer 30 Vogue Williams 14
Jive Danielle Spencer 28 Jessica Watson 8
Quickstep Zoe Cramond 30 Brian Mannix 19
Rumba Zoe Cramond 30 Brendan Fevola 14
Samba Danielle Spencer
Johnny Ruffo
Zoe Cramond
27 Brian Mannix 13
Waltz Kerri-Anne Kennerley 22 Jessica Watson 21
Paso Doble Zoe Cramond
Danielle Spencer
28 Brian Mannix
Vogue Williams
16
Viennese Waltz Zoe Cramond 27 Jessica Watson 18
Tango Zoe Cramond 29 Caine Eckstein
Brendan Fevola
20
Argentine Tango Danielle Spencer
Brendan Fevola
27 Johnny Ruffo 22
Salsa Danielle Spencer 29 Jessica Watson 13
Freestyle Johnny Ruffo 30 Danielle Spencer 29

Couples' Highest and Lowest Scoring Dances[edit]

According to the traditional 30 point scale. Group dances are not included.

Couples Highest Scoring Dance(s) Lowest Scoring Dance(s)
Johnny & Luda Freestyle (30) Cha-cha-cha (20)
Danielle & Damian Cha-cha-cha (30) Viennese Waltz & Jive (25)
Zoe & Aric Quickstep & Rumba (30) Jive (23)
Brendan & Jessica Argentine Tango (27) Rumba (14)
Brian & Melanie Tango (22) Samba (13)
Jessica & Damien Rumba, Waltz & Tango (21) Jive (8)
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo Foxtrot (27) Jive (18)
Shannon & Elena Paso Doble (20) Foxtrot (15)
Vogue & Christopher Vienese Waltz (21) Cha-cha-cha (14)
Caine & Jess Vienese Waltz (21) Jive (17)
Erin & Gleb Foxtrot (21) Cha-cha-cha (16)

Dance Chart[edit]

The celebrities and professional partners danced one of these routines for each corresponding week:

  • Week 1: Cha-cha-cha or Viennese Waltz
  • Week 2: Jive or Foxtrot
  • Week 3: One Unlearned Dance (Personal Song/Story Week)
  • Week 4: One Unlearned Dance (Australian Music Week)
  • Week 5: One Unlearned Dance (Broadway Week)
  • Week 6: One Unlearned Dance & Jive Marathon (Movies Week)
  • Week 7: One Unlearned Dance & Males vs. Females Team Cha-cha-cha
  • Week 8: One Unlearned Ballroom Dance & Instant Latin Dance
  • Week 9: Argentine Tango & One Unlearned Latin Dance
  • Week 10: Redemption Dance, Cha-cha-cha Face-Off, & Freestyle
     Highest scoring dance
     Lowest scoring dance
     Danced, but not scored
Couple 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Johnny & Luda Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Rumba Samba Quickstep Salsa Jive Marathon Viennese Waltz Cha-cha-cha Tango Paso Doble Jive Argentine Tango Foxtrot Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
Danielle & Damian Viennese Waltz Jive Samba Foxtrot Tango Cha-cha-cha Jive Marathon Paso Doble Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Rumba Argentine Tango Salsa Jive Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
Zoe & Aric Viennese Waltz Jive Foxtrot Cha-cha-cha Paso Doble Salsa Jive Marathon Quickstep Cha-cha-cha Tango Samba Argentine Tango Rumba Jive Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
Brendan & Jessica Viennese Waltz Jive Cha-cha-cha Tango Quickstep Rumba Jive Marathon Samba Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Paso Doble Salsa Argentine Tango Viennese Waltz
Brian & Melanie Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Jive Tango Rumba Paso Doble Jive Marathon Viennese Waltz Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Cha-cha-cha
Jessica & Damien Viennese Waltz Jive Rumba Tango Waltz Cha-cha-cha Jive Marathon Salsa Cha-cha-cha Tango
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Rumba Jive Samba Waltz Jive Marathon Foxtrot
Shannon & Elena Cha-cha-cha Jive Foxtrot Paso Doble
Vogue & Christopher Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Viennese Waltz Paso Doble Paso Doble
Caine & Jess Viennese Waltz Jive Tango Tango
Erin & Gleb Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Foxtrot

Running order[edit]

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Todd McKenney, Helen Richey, Joshua Horner.

Week 1[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Johnny & Luda 20 (7, 7, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Troublemaker"—Taio Cruz
Erin & Gleb 16 (5, 6, 5) Cha-cha-cha "We Found Love"—Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
Caine & Jess 21 (7, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "You and Me"—Lifehouse
Brian & Melanie 16 (5, 5, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Moves Like Jagger"—Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Danielle & Damian 25 (8, 9, 8) Viennese Waltz "One and Only"—Adele
Shannon & Elena 16 (5, 6, 5) Cha-cha-cha "Start Me Up"—The Rolling Stones
Jessica & Damien 18 (6, 6, 6) Viennese Waltz "I'm With You"—Avril Lavigne
Vogue & Christopher 14 (4, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)"—Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne
Zoe & Aric 27 (9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "A Thousand Years"—Christina Perri
Brendan & Jessica 20 (7, 6, 7) Viennese Waltz "Somebody to Love"—Queen
Kerri Anne & Carmelo 22 (8, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "I Will Survive"—Gloria Gaynor

Week 2[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Shannon & Elena 16 (5, 6, 5) Jive "River Deep - Mountain High"—Ike & Tina Turner
Vogue & Christopher 20 (6, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Someone like You"—Adele
Caine & Jess 17 (5, 6, 6) Jive "Check Yes Juliet"—We The Kings
Brian & Melanie 20 (6, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Have You Met Miss Jones?"—Frank Sinatra
Zoe & Aric 24 (8, 8, 8) Jive "Runaway Baby"—Bruno Mars
Jessica & Damien 8 (1, 3, 4) Jive "Tightrope"—Janelle Monáe
Erin & Gleb 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Fever"—Peggy Lee
Danielle & Damian 25 (8, 9, 8) Jive "Upside Down"—Paloma Faith
Brendan & Jessica 23 (9, 6, 8) Jive "Lonely Boy"—The Black Keys
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "The Lady is a Tramp"—Frank Sinatra
Johnny & Luda 22 (8, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Apologize"—OneRepublic

Week 3: Personal Song/Story Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Brian & Melanie 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Blue Suede Shoes"—Elvis Presley
Vogue and Christopher 21 (7, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "3 Words"— The Sunshine State
Caine & Jess 20 (6, 7, 7) Tango "Somebody Told Me"—The Killers
Zoe & Aric 25 (9, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Big Jet Plane"—Angus & Julia Stone
Johnny & Luda 22 (7, 7, 8) Rumba "Man in the Mirror"—Michael Jackson
Danielle & Damian 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Alejandro"—Lady Gaga
Shannon & Elena 15 (5, 5, 5) Foxtrot "True Blue"—John Williamson
Jessica & Damien 21 (5, 8, 8) Rumba "Wonderwall"—Oasis
Brendan & Jessica 20 (6, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "Hey Baby"—DJ Otzi
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 22 (8, 8, 6) Rumba "You Needed Me"—Anne Murray

Week 4: Australian Music Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Zoe & Aric 27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Better the Devil You Know"—Kylie Minogue
Brian & Melanie 22 (7, 7, 8) Tango "Horror Movie"—Skyhooks
Vogue & Christopher 16 (5, 5, 6) Paso Doble "Sweet Disposition"—The Temper Trap
Johnny & Luda 27 (10, 8, 9) Samba "Hello"—Cat Empire
Jessica & Damien 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango "Suicide Blonde"—INXS
Danielle & Damian 26 (8, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Somebody That I Used to Know"—Gotye feat. Kimbra
Brendan & Jessica 20 (6, 7, 7) Tango "Playing to Win"—Little River Band
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 18 (6, 6, 6) Jive "Like Wow - Wipeout"—Hoodoo Gurus
Shannon & Elena 20 (6, 7, 7) Paso Doble "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"—AC/DC

Week 5: Broadway Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Danielle & Damian 28 (9, 10, 9) Tango "Cell Block Tango"—from Chicago
Brian & Melanie 16 (4, 6, 6) Rumba "Wanted Dead or Alive"—from Rock of Ages
Zoe & Aric 28 (8, 10, 10) Paso Doble "Be Italian"—from Nine
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 19 (6, 6, 7) Samba "Money Makes the World Go Round"—from Cabaret
Jessica & Damien 21 (8, 7, 6) Waltz "Edelweiss"—from The Sound of Music
Brendan & Jessica 23 (7, 7, 9) Quickstep "I Got Rhythm"—from Girl Crazy
Johnny & Luda 25 (9, 8, 8) Quickstep "We Go Together"—from Grease

Week 6: Movies/Musicals Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Jessica & Damien 15 (5, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha "Oh, Pretty Woman"—from Pretty Woman
Brendan & Jessica 14 (4, 5, 5) Rumba "Tiny Dancer"—from Almost Famous
Zoe & Aric 27 (9, 9, 9) Salsa "Jai Ho"—from Slumdog Millionaire
Kerri-Anne & Carmelo 22 (7, 8, 7) Waltz "Moon River"—from Breakfast At Tiffany's
Brian & Melanie 16 (3, 6, 7) Paso Doble "Live and Let Die"—from James Bond
Danielle & Damian 30 (10, 10, 10) Cha-cha-cha "When Doves Cry"—from Purple Rain
Johnny & Luda 26 (8, 8, 10) Salsa "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"—from Dirty Dancing
Jessica & Damian
Kerri Anne & Carmelo
Brian & Melanie
Brendan & Jessica
Danielle & Damien
Zoe & Aric
Johnny & Luda
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Jive Marathon "You Never Can Tell"—from Pulp Fiction

Week 7: Team Dances Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Danielle & Damian 28 (9, 10, 9) Paso Doble "What You Want"—Evanescence
Brian & Melanie 21 (6, 7, 8) Viennese Waltz "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"—The Beatles
Zoe & Aric 30 (10, 10, 10) Quickstep "Let the Good Times Roll"—Louis Jordan
Brendan & Jessica 18 (5, 6, 7) Samba "Mama Do the Hump"—Rizzle Kicks
Jessica & Damien 13 (4, 4, 5) Salsa "Ain't Nobody"—Chaka Khan
Johnny & Luda 21 (7, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "I Won't Give Up"—Jason Mraz
Johnny & Luda
Brendan & Jessica
Brian & Melanie
28 (9, 9, 10) Cha-cha-cha "I Like How It Feels"—Enrique Iglesias
Jessica & Damien
Zoe & Aric
Danielle & Damian
27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Dance Again"—Jennifer Lopez

Week 8: Instant Dances Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Johnny & Luda 26 (9, 8, 9) Tango "Smooth Criminal"—Michael Jackson
25 (8, 8, 9) Instant Paso Doble "Seven Nation Army"—The White Stripes
Brian & Melanie 19 (5, 7, 7) Quickstep "Sir Duke"—Stevie Wonder
13 (2, 5, 6) Instant Samba "Jump in the Line"—Harry Belafonte
Zoe & Aric 29 (9, 10 ,10) Tango "Rumor Has It"—Adele
27 (9, 9, 9) Instant Samba "Pon de Replay"—Rihanna
Danielle & Damian 28 (8, 10, 10) Quickstep "Sparkling Diamonds"—Nicole Kidman
28 (10, 9, 9) Instant Rumba "Drops of Jupiter"—Train
Brendan & Jessica 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "It Had to Be You"—Frank Sinatra
22 (7, 7, 8) Instant Paso Doble "Paint it Black"—The Rolling Stones

Week 9: Semi-Finals Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Johnny & Luda 25 (8, 8, 9) Jive "Jet Lag"—Simple Plan
22 (7, 8, 7) Argentine Tango "Sin Rumbo"—Otros Aires
Zoe & Aric 26 (9, 9, 8) Argentine Tango "Tanguera"—Mariano Mores
30 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)"—Eminem feat. Rihanna
Brendan & Jessica 15 (5, 5, 5) Salsa "Get Busy"—Sean Paul
27 (9, 9, 9) Argentine Tango "Libertango"—Bond
Danielle & Damian 27 (9, 9, 9) Argentine Tango
29 (10, 10, 9) Salsa "Danza Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)"—Qwote & Lucenzo

Week 10: Grand Finale Week[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Style Music
Danielle & Damien 28 (9, 10, 9) Jive "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"—Solomon Burke
27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Tonight Is the Night"—Outasight
29 (9, 10, 10) Freestyle "When Love Takes Over"—David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
Johnny & Luda 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "This Business of Love"—Domino
26 (8, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Tonight Is the Night"—Outasight
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "It's Tricky"—Run-D.M.C.
Zoe & Aric 23 (7, 8, 8) Jive "Like It Like That"—Guy Sebastian
27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Tonight Is the Night"—Outasight
Preceded by
Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 11)
Dancing with the Stars (Australian version)
Season 12
Succeeded by
Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 13)

References[edit]