Dancing with the Stars
Created byBBC
Presented byJason Gunn
Candy Lane
Dominic Bowden
Sharyn Casey
Dai Henwood
Clinton Randell
Voices ofGrant Walker
Country of originNew Zealand
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes87
Production locationsAvalon Studios (2005–2009)
South Pacific Pictures (2015, 2018–2019)
Running time60–120 minutes (with commercials)
Original release
NetworkTV One (2005–2009)
Three (2015, 2018–)
Release1 May 2005 (2005-05-01) –

Dancing with the Stars is a New Zealand television dance contest based on the British series Strictly Come Dancing. The show introduces New Zealand celebrities paired with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other in a competition to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through a telephone poll, viewers vote for those couples who should stay. The public vote and the average score given by the panel of judges equally go towards deciding who should leave. Proceeds from the voting go to the celebrity contestant's charity of choice.


Dancing with the Stars has been popular with the New Zealand public. The first series, which aired in 2005, was the highest rated timeslot programme, averaged 730,000 people per episode, while the second series had an average of 804,000. Up to a million people tuned into each of the series finales.[1][2] The third series premiered in 2007 with 735,000 viewers, the fourth series premiered in 2008 with 720,000 viewers, and the fifth series premiered with over 800,000 viewers, the highest of all previous series debuts.[3]

From 2005 to 2009, the show was hosted by television personality Jason Gunn and co-hosted by professional dancer Candy Lane. All music was performed live by the Dancing with the Stars band, led by musical director Carl Doy. For the 2015 series, the show was hosted by Dominic Bowden and co-hosted by radio personality Sharyn Casey.

TVNZ announced in November 2009 that the show would not be returning in 2010, due to the economic climate.[4] In November 2013, television production house Great Southern Television announced that it had acquired the New Zealand rights to the show and would be pitching a new series to all broadcasters.[5] In March 2015, it was announced that Dancing with the Stars had been picked up by TV3 for a sixth series, which began airing in May 2015.[6] In December 2017, it was that announced that a seventh series would air, this began in April 2018.[7] In November 2018, it was announced that the eighth series would air, beginning in April 2019.[8]

In December 2019, it was that announced that a ninth series would air on Three in 2020.[9] On 11 February 2020, the show announced that former contestant Laura Daniel would be replacing Rachel White on the judging panel for the ninth series.[10] On 23 February 2020, The New Zealand Herald reported that Destiny Church Pastor and Vision NZ leader Hannah Tamaki was tipped to join the series.[11] After major backlash online, MediaWorks confirmed that Tamaki would no longer be joining the series. In the same statement, they confirmed that the cast announcement for the ninth series is scheduled for the end of March 2020.[12] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand, the series has been postponed indefinitely.[13] In March 2022 it was confirmed that the show will return later that year. In April it was announced that judges Julz Tocker and Rachel White would be replaced by James Luck and Lance Savali.[14]

Judging panel

Judge Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9
Alison Leonard
Brendan Cole
Paul Mercurio
Donna Dawson
Carol-Ann Hickmore
Craig Revel Horwood
Candy Lane
Stefano Olivieri
Hayley Holt
Rachel White
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup
Julz Tocker
James Luck
Lance Savali

Professional dancers and their partners

Professional dancers Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9
Aaron Gilmore Lorraine Downes Greer Robson Tina Cross Rebecca Hobbs Sam Hayes Nadia Lim Sonia Gray
Jonny Williams Angela Bloomfield Megan Alatini Miriama Smith Barbara Kendall Chrystal Chenery Jess Quinn Carolyn Taylor Eli Matthewson
Enrique Jones Jay-Jay Harvey Shavaughn Ruakere Brodie Kane
Kristie Williams Christopher Hobbs Colin Mathura-Jeffree Zac Franich Mike McRoberts David Letele
Brad Coleman Marama Fox Anna Willcox-Silfverberg Jazz Thornton
Brittany Coleman Clinton Randell Alex Vaz
Loryn Reynolds Manu Vatuvei Eric Murray
Jared Neame Kerre McIvor
Phoebe Robb Rhys Mathewson
Carol-Ann Hickmore Norm Hewitt Roger Farrelly
d'Artagnan Kennedy Bernice Mene
Kiel de Buisson Nicky Watson
Lauren de Boeck Ewen Gilmour Michael Laws Martin Devlin
Michael Hoggard Georgina Beyer
Nerida Cortese Shane Cortese Monty Betham Shane Cameron
Peter Wales Theresa Healey
Rebecca Nicholson Tim Shadbolt David Wikaira-Paul Paul Holmes Cory Hutchings
Brian Jones Beatrice Faumuina Geeling Ng
David Yeates Christine Rankin
Hayley Holt Danyon Loader Brendon Pongia Peter Urlich
Krystal Stuart Rodney Hide Frank Bunce John Rowles Ben Barrington
Sharan Phillips Steve Gurney
Csaba Szirmai April Bruce
Stefano Olivieri Suzanne Paul Temepara George Geraldine Brophy
Cody Stephens Lizzy Igasan
Rachel Burstein Josh Kronfeld
Samantha Hitchcock Tāmati Coffey
Caryn Lin Maz Quinn
Charlie Billington Siobhan Marshall
Matt Tatton-Brown Pam Corkery Suzy Cato Jude Dobson
Scott Cole Teuila Blakely K'Lee
Vanessa Cole Simon Barnett Chris Harris Glen Osborne
Amelia McGregor David Seymour William Waiirua
Nicole Harrington Robert Rakete
Shae Mountain Gilda Kirkpatrick Laura Daniel
Tim Mullayanov Naz Khanjani
Melissa McCallum Walter Neilands


  Winner of the series
  First elimination of the series
  Withdrew from the series
  Participating in current series

Series overview

Series No. of
Duration dates Celebrity honour places
Premiere Finale Winner Second place Third place
1 8 1 May 2005 19 June 2005 Norm Hewitt & Carol-Ann Hickmore Shane Cortese & Nerida Lister
2 7 May 2006 25 June 2006 Lorraine Downes & Aaron Gilmore Beatrice Faumuina & Brian Jones
3 10 April 2007 29 May 2007 Suzanne Paul & Stefano Oliveri Megan Alatini & Jonny Williams
4 26 February 2008 15 April 2008 Temepara George & Stefano Oliveri Monty Betham & Nerida Jantti
5 3 March 2009 21 April 2009 Tāmati Coffey & Samantha Hitchcock Barbara Kendall & Jonny Williams
6 10 31 May 2015 19 July 2015 Simon Barnett & Vanessa Cole Chrystal Chenery & Jonny Williams Siobhan Marshall & Charlie Billington
7 12 29 April 2018 1 July 2018 Samantha Hayes & Aaron Gilmore Chris Harris & Vanessa Cole Jess Quinn & Jonny Williams
8 14 April 2019 16 June 2019 Manu Vatuvei & Loryn Reynolds Laura Daniel & Shae Mountain Clinton Randell & Brittany Coleman
9 9 24 April 2022 29 May 2022 Jazz Thornton & Brad Coleman Brodie Kane & Enrique Jones David Letele & Kristie Williams

List of dances

The following are a list of dances that contestants and their partners have performed in an episode:

Ballroom Dances Latin Dances
Viennese Waltz

In the sixth series, the Argentine Tango and Salsa were also performed. In the seventh series, the Charleston and Reggaeton were also performed. The Hip hop and Contemporary made their debut in eighth series.


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