Dancing With The Stars NZ: Sam Hayes overcomes struggle with samba

Newshub Live at 6pm presenter Samantha Hayes is competing in Dancing With The Stars NZ and in week two, she had a few struggles to overcome.

I really enjoyed our week one foxtrot on Dancing With The Stars NZ, but week two turned out to be challenging.

Aaron and I did a samba, which is not my favourite style of dance. I found it hard to learn and it was right at the very edge of my comfort zone (given I had to stick my butt out a lot).

As you might have seen in the show, I got a little bit tearful during rehearsals - I was exhausted last week.

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Bizarrely, we had to start the dance straight off the back of watching our story on the big screen behind us - which showed me tearing up. That was a tough transition! I was feeling emotional again but had to get straight into 'party' dance mode.

But we got through it. I remembered the steps and managed to do the cartwheel at the end that Aaron had choreographed into the dance.

I was really scared of it because I'd previously fractured my arm doing a cartwheel just a few years ago, so I was happy that it went okay.

Unfortunately, the judges didn't really love it. They gave us three sixes and we ended up in the bottom four on the scoreboard.

Now it's onto week three and we've got quite a different dance.

I can't say too much about it, but what I can say is that it's much faster and we've been working our butts off for it.

And because Aaron thought the cartwheel went okay, he's thrown another trick into the middle of this dance. It's actually scaring me quite a lot, this one's pretty tricky.

If it goes well, it's going to be great - and if it doesn't, it's going to be a disaster.

If you want to see which it turns out to be, tune in on Sunday and Monday and see how it goes.

Watch the video for a glimpse at my struggles during Dancing With The Stars rehearsals.

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