Dancing With The Stars NZ: Sam Hayes soars sky-high in flirtatious cha-cha

Newshub Live at 6pm presenter Sam Hayes has followed up last week's strong Dancing With The Stars NZ performance with a playful cha-cha.

The flirty dance, to Jennifer Paige's '90s hit 'Crush', had plenty of will-they-or-won't-they moments between Hayes and dance partner Aaron Gilmore to go along with the song.

It picks up immediately where the duo's jive from earlier in the competition had left off - with the two cuddling on a bench, faces hidden behind a hat.

Hayes and Gilmore also kept up the pressure with dramatic lifts and an impressive finishing move, swinging Hayes up onto Gilmore's shoulder in the final moments.

They were awarded 8, 7 and 8 for the performance, totalling 23, a minor dip in scores after last week's stunning contemporary won them the first perfect 10s of the competition.

Judge Rachel said overall, the performance was well done - though Camilla and Julz admitted they were slightly underwhelmed after being blown away by the prior week's routine.

With the finals only one week away, the competition is heating up and the pressure is on. Hayes is set to perform another dance during Monday evening's show, a tango for the show's 'Most Memorable Year' theme.

Monday will see the final elimination before the finals on July 1.

Viewers can help keep their favourite dancer in the competition by texting their first name to 3333 - each text costs 99c and net proceeds go to that star's chosen charity.

DWTS NZ airs Sundays 7pm and Mondays 7:30pm on Three, and all episodes can be viewed again on ThreeNow.