Robert Rakete sent home from Dancing with the Stars NZ

  • 04/06/2018

Robert Rakete is the latest competitor to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars NZ after losing to fellow broadcaster Shavaughn Ruakere in the dance off.

Judges Rachel and Jules disagreed on who to save, with Rachel choosing Ruakere and Jules choosing Rakete. Camilla held the deciding vote and decided to save Shavaughn and Enrique.

"Robert, you really stepped it up today and I think this was your best performance so far and I really enjoyed that," said Camilla.

"I think, however, there was unlocked potential there still.

"Shav, for me you are a natural performer, you come out here and wow us again and again. You did that here tonight."

Professional dancer Nicole was disappointed to be eliminated, having returned to New Zealand from Italy to compete, but she said she had "the most amazing time" on the show.

Rakete emotionally thanked Nicole for teaching him to dance, his family for putting up with the tough training schedule, his colleagues at the Breeze for their support and everyone who voted for him.

He apologised to his chosen charity Kidscan for not being able to go further in the competition, but said he was proud to be able to be part of the experience on its behalf.