Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 8)

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Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 8)
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 10
Release
Original network Seven Network
Original release 31 August – 9 November 2008
Additional information
Celebrity winner Luke Jacobz
Professional winner Luda Kroitor
Season chronology
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Season 7
Next →
Season 9

The Eighth season of Dancing with the Stars was the first without original host Daryl Somers. Actor Daniel MacPherson was the new host. In a change to the judging panel, Paul Mercurio was replaced. In 2008, only one season was aired instead of two in previous years, the show was moved to Sunday night instead of Tuesday, and it was presented by new producers Freehand.

Season eight featured three finalists, however one couple was eliminated after a Cha-cha-cha showoff, which left two couples to compete for the season title. The season featured the following celebrities:

Couples[edit]

Celebrity Occupation / known for Professional partner Status
Brooke Hanson Olympic freestyle swimmer John-Paul Collins 10th place
on 7 September 2008
James Tobin Sunrise entertainment reporter Jade Hatcher 9th place
on 14 September 2008
Cal Wilson Comedian & radio presenter Craig Monley 8th place
on 21 September 2008
Red Symons Australia's Got Talent judge & radio presenter Ana Andre 7th place
on 28 September 2008
Jodi Gordon Home and Away actress Stefano Oliveri 6th place
on 12 October 2008
Toni Pearen Actress, singer & television presenter Henry Byalikov 5th place
on 19 October 2008
Charli Delaney Hi-5 singer Csaba Szirmai 4th place
on 2 November 2008
Paul Licuria AFL star Eliza Campagna 3rd place
on 9 November 2008
Danny Green Professional boxer Natalie Lowe 2nd place
on 9 November 2008
Luke Jacobz Home and Away actor & television presenter Luda Kroitor 1st place
on 9 November 2008

Scoring Chart[edit]

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 couple (or couples) eliminated that week.
     indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two.
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple.
     indicates the third-place couple.
Team Place 11 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Luke & Luda 1 24 29 20 25 26 23 23+23=46 25+24=49 28+26=54 29+26+30=85
Danny & Natalie 2 28 32 24 20 24 19 17+25=42 20+25=45 24+29=53 23+22+26=71
Paul & Eliza 3 29 31 23 23 27 28 22+30=52 20+23=43 25+25=50 30+24=54
Charli & Csaba 4 27 31 22 22 26 24 24+27=51 18+21=39 26+20=46
Toni & Henry 5 35 31 23 28 24 24 25+18=43
Jodi & Stefano 6 28 28 23 24 25 22
Red & Ana 7 19 17 14 19 21
Cal & Craig 8 22 34 21 22
James & Jade 9 18 23 17
Brooke & John-Paul 10 19 22

^1 In Weeks 1 and 2, special guest judge Bruno Tonioli was part of the judging panel, and scores were out of 40 instead of 30.

Dance Schedule[edit]

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

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
Cha Cha Cha Toni Pearen 27 Brooke Hanson 14
Jive Toni Pearen 25 Red Symons 13
Rumba Paul Licuria 28 Jodi Gordon 22
Tango Paul Licuria 30 Brooke Hanson 22
Paso Doble Jodi Gordon, Charli Delaney 24 Red Symons 19
Samba Toni Pearen 23 Luke Jacobz 20
Waltz Luke Jacobz 29 Red Symons 14
Quickstep Paul Licuria 30 Cal Wilson, Charli Delaney 22
Foxtrot Paul Licuria, Luke Jacobz 25 James Tobin 8
Argentine Tango Paul Licuria 27 Red Symons 21
West Coast Swing Luke Jacobz 28 Danny Green 19
Salsa Charli Delaney, Luke Jacobz 26 Danny Green 17
Segue Danny Green 29 Charli Delaney 20
Freestyle Luke Jacobz 30 Danny Green 26

Dance Chart[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Luke & Luda Cha-cha-cha Tango Samba Quickstep Salsa West Coast Swing Jive Paso Doble Rumba Foxtrot West Coast Swing Segway Foxtrot Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
Danny & Natalie Foxtrot Jive Waltz Paso Doble Argentine Tango West Coast Swing Salsa Rumba Cha-cha-cha Samba Foxtrot Segway Paso Doble Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
Paul & Eliza Foxtrot Jive Waltz Paso Doble Argentine Tango Rumba West Coast Swing Tango Quickstep Cha-cha-cha Jive Segway Quickstep Cha-cha-cha
Charli & Csaba Cha-cha-cha Tango Samba Quickstep Salsa West Coast Swing Paso Doble Rumba1 Jive Foxtrot Tango Segway
Toni & Henry Cha-cha-cha1 Tango Samba Quickstep Salsa Rumba Jive Foxtrot
Jodi & Stefano Foxtrot Jive Waltz Paso Doble Argentine Tango Rumba1
Red & Ana Foxtrot Jive Waltz Paso Doble Argentine Tango1
Cal & Craig Cha-cha-cha Tango Samba Quickstep1
James & Jade Foxtrot Jive1 Waltz
Brooke & John-Paul Cha-cha-cha Tango1
     Highest Scoring Dance
     Lowest Scoring Dance

^1 This dance was repeated by the couple at the finale.

Average Chart[edit]

The average chart is based on the dances performed by the celebrities and not their place in the competition.

Average Ranking Competitive Finish Couple Number Of Dances Total Score Average
1 1 Luke & Luda 15 381 26.9
2 3 Paul & Eliza 14 362 25.9
3 5 Toni & Henry 8 208 24.1
4 2 Danny & Natalie 15 358 22.9
4 Charli & Csaba 12 288
6 6 Jodi & Stefano 6 150 22.8
7 8 Cal & Craig 4 99 21.5
8 7 Red & Ana 5 90 16.2
9 9 James & Jade 3 58 16.0
10 10 Brooke & John Paul 2 41 15.0

Running Order

Week 1[edit]

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Todd, Helen, Mark.

Running order
Preceded by
Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 7)
Dancing with the Stars (Australian version)
Season 8
Succeeded by
Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 9)

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