Dancing With The Stars NZ: Sam Hayes shows off sass with spunky Charleston

Newshub Live at 6pm presenter Sam Hayes has shown off her sassy side on Dancing With The Stars NZ this week.

It's a significant change in attitude from last week's sultry rumba, which secured her the top score of the competition to date.

This week's theme focused on the prohibition era and it saw Hayes don a sparkly black-and-gold flapper dress as she danced the Charleston.

Hayes bounced across the dancefloor to a 1920s-esque remix of Beyoncé's 'Crazy In Love'.

Beyoncé even sneaked into the choreography, with Hayes and partner Aaron Gilmore adding the 'Single Ladies' dance midway through.

It's one of the first times the Charleston has been performed on Dancing With The Stars NZ and it seems like the judges approved.

"It was a really flirtatious and fun routine," judge Camilla said.

They awarded Hayes 8, 8 and 8 for a total of 24, keeping her high on the leaderboard for another week.

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DWTS NZ airs Sundays 7pm and Mondays 7.30pm on Three, and all episodes can be viewed again on ThreeNow.