Bachelor star Zac Franich and Shavaughn Ruakere join Dancing with the Stars NZ

After handing out roses as the star of The Bachelor NZ in 2017, surf life-saving coach Zac Franich is returning to television in the new season of Dancing With The Stars NZ.

He's the latest contestant to be announced, alongside broadcaster Shavaughn Ruakere.

Zac says he's had "zero" dance experience outside what he's done in bars, but is excited about the new show.

"I love a challenge! It's also a chance to meet some great people and raise awareness for a good cause," he says.

Shavaughn Ruakere will compete in Dancing with the Stars NZ in 2018.
Shavaughn Ruakere Photo credit: MediaWorks

Shavaughn is no stranger to New Zealand screens, having been seen in Shortland Street, What Now, The Jaquie Brown Diaries, Sione's Wedding, 7 Days and as a presenter on C4.

"I love to dance and can't wait to unleash my signature dance move on the nation," says Shavaughn.

"That is if my pro dance partner lets me!"

Shavaughn is also the former partner of Clarke Gayford, who is now in a relationship with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Zac and Shavaughn join previously announced contestants Sam Hayes, David Seymour, Marama Fox, Robbie Rakete, Roger Farrelly, Gilda Kirkpatrick, Jess Quinn and Chris Harris.

Dancing with the Stars NZ will debut on Three later this year.


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