Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 8)
|Dancing with the Stars (Australian season 8)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||31 August – 9 November 2008|
|Celebrity winner||Luke Jacobz|
|Professional winner||Luda Kroitor|
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:
|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||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 player||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||Luda Kroitor||1st place
on 9 November 2008
- 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.
|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|
The celebrities and professional partners danced one of these routines for each corresponding week.
- Week 1 : Cha-cha-cha or Foxtrot
- Week 2 : Jive or Tango
- Week 3 : Samba or Waltz
- Week 4 : Quickstep or Paso Doble
- Week 5 : Salsa or Argentine Tango
- Week 6 : West Coast Swing or Rumba
- Week 7 : Two unlearned dances (Week 1 to Week 6) to the theme of songs from the movies.
- Week 8 : Two unlearned dances (Week 1 to Week 6)
- Week 9 : Judges Choice and a Segway Of Three Dances
- Week 10 : Favourite dance of the season, Cha-cha-cha show down, & Freestyle
Highest And Lowest Scoring Performances
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|
|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.
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|
Recap from the series
Week 1: All 10 couples performed their first dance of the competition. Guest Judge Bruno Tonioli was judging as was Todd McKenney, Helen Richey and Mark Wilson. Toni and Henry finished a clear 1st place with a Cha-Cha-Cha scoring 35 with 9s from all the judges except Bruno. Paul and Eliza finished 2nd with 29 points for their Foxtrot. James and Jade finished last and scored just 18 points.
Week 2: The second show features guest judge Bruno Tonioli and the other three main judges. Cal and Craig may not have been the best in Week 1 but they turned it round and finished 1st with 34 points for their Tango. Red and Ana finished bottom of the leaderboard with just 17 points for their Jive. Brooke and John-Paul were the first couple to be eliminated.
Week 3: In the third show and since there were only the main judges (Todd McKenney, Helen Richey and Mark Wilson. Danny and Natalie were 1st on the leaderboard for their Waltz and received the only 9 of the evening (this was given by Mark). Red and Ana finished bottom of the leaderboard for the second week in a row with 19 points for their Waltz. There was a highlight from Luke and Luda's Samba which scored 20 points but his tongue accidentally stuck out which was severely criticised by Todd who gave him a 6. James and Jade were the second couple to leave.
Week 4: Toni and Henry were 1st on the leaderboard for their Quickstep and received the first 10 of the series (this was given by Mark). Luke and Luda were welcomed to the competition and mentioned as the dark horse by the judges and earned him 25 points. Red and Ana for the third time in a row finished last with 19 points, which however was a better score for Red's performance. Cal and Craig were the next to leave.
Week 5 Paul & Eliza were 1st on the leaderboard for their Argentine Tango but Luke and Luda and Charli and Csaba really got the competition going as Luke kept up the good performance from the previous week and Charli and Csaba mentioned it was their coming out week and did just that and came equal second. Red and Ana, yet another time finished bottom with 21 points, again a better performance but it wasn't enough to remove him from last and him and Ana were eliminated from the competition.
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|1||"Week One"||31 August 2008||1.333||#5|||
|2||"Week Two"||7 September 2008||1.334||#5|||
|3||"Week Three"||14 September 2008||1.167||#10|||
|4||"Week Four"||21 September 2008||1.113||#10|||
|5||"Week Five"||28 September 2008||1.213||#3|||
|6||"Week Six"||12 October 2008||1.167||#9|||
|7||"Week Seven"||19 October 2008||1.255||#4|||
|8||"Week Eight"||26 October 2008||1.344||#3|||
|9||"Week Nine"||2 November 2008||1.384||#1|||
|10||"Week Ten"||9 November 2008||1.453||#1|||
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