Dancing with the Stars to return to Three

  • 07/12/2017

Hit competitive dancing show Dancing with the Stars will be returning to Three in 2018, with some new and some familiar faces at the helm.

MediaWorks announced on Thursday that as part of its new 2018 content line-up, a seventh season of the reality show will be returning next year, hosted by Sharyn Casey and Dai Henwood.

The live dance show involves a range of Kiwi celebrities each competing for a charity of their choice, and the winner is decided by public vote.

Family Feud host Henwood said today he's excited about taking on the new role. 

"2018 means that much more to me as I get to co-host the awesome show Dancing with the Stars with Sharyn Casey," he said.

"We had to host because if we were contestants we would win."

Edge afternoons host Casey is also excited to make her return to the show.

"And if the amazing celebrities and epic dancing isn't enough excitement for you - wait till you see which of Dai's 220 bow ties he busts out each week!"

The last season of DWTS aired on Three in 2015, hosted by Casey and Dominic Bowden. More FM breakfast host Simon Barnett took out that season, alongside his dance partner Vanessa Cole.

There is no word yet on whether the judges from 2015 will be making a return; dancers Stefano Olivieri, Hayley Holt, and Candy Lane.

Along with the DWTS announcement, some changes are occurring in MediaWorks' radio line-up.

Polly and Grant's breakfast show will be extending into four additional regions: Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin.  In a world first, More FM will broadcast on two frequencies in Dunedin, giving listeners the option to tune in to Si & Gary on 97.4FM or Polly & Grant on 100.6FM.

"It's been a big four months on-air in Wellington and Kapiti," radio veterans Polly and Grant said in a statement.  "It feels so good to be on More FM and even better to be waking up Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin in 2018!" 

"2018 is set to be an exciting year for MediaWorks radio," says Leon Wratt, MediaWorks Radio's group content director for music.