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Dancing with the Stars Australia is returning February 18 and has a new home on Channel 10. It also has new hosts, new judges, and a stellar new cast of performers ready to strut their stuff on the dance floor.

 First up, let’s meet our hosts Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller.

Please note that all embedded images are from the official Dancing with the Stars Australia Instagram account.

Amanda Keller And Grant Denyer

WSFM radio hostess, Amanda Keller is one half of the Jonesy and Amanda in the Morning show. Amanda competed in the fifth season and was eliminated in the fifth week when the show aired on Channel 7. She’s the second host of the sixteenth season.

Former Channel 7 Sunrise weatherman turned Channel 10 game show host Grant Denyer will host the new season. When the show aired on Channel 7, he took part in the fourth season which he won.

Sharna Burgess, Tristan MacManus, and Craig Revel Horwood

Our new judges are all from the dance community. 

Sharna Burgess has performed as a professional dance partner on the US DWTS and was a member of the Burn the Floor trope. She also performed in the 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Tristan MacManus is from Ireland and has been on-tour with Mrs. Brown’s Boys and has appeared on the US version of Dancing with the Stars along with the British edition Strictly Come Dancing. He now lives in Australia with his Australian wife.

Craig Revel Horwood is no stranger to the Dancing judging panel. He has served as a judge on the New Zealand Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. Horwood also choreographed the final scene in the family film, Paddington 2. He was born in Victoria and lives in the UK.

1. Cassandra Thorburn

Former journalist turned children’s author Cassandra Thorburn has been partnered with Marco de Angelis.

2. Sir Curtly Ambrose

A former West Indies Cricketer, Curtly Ambrose is getting ready to strut his stuff with dance partner Siobhan Power.

3. Samuel Johnson

Actor and cancer campaigner Samuel Johnson is gearing up to honor his late sister Connie as he dances his way to victory with Jorja Freeman.

4. Courtney Act

Courtney Act is the drag queen alias of Shane Jenek. This is the first time in Dancing with the Star history a male competitor (in drag) will dance with a male partner. Courtney will take to the floor with dance partner Joshua Keefe. Shane will be the persona attending rehearsals while Courtney will take to the dance floor.

5. Jett Kenny

You might not know his name at first, but you might recognise his last name. His mother is Olympic Gold Medallist Lisa Curry and his father is former Ironman Grant Kenny. Jett is the youngest person in this year’s competition and is partnered with Dancing with the Stars pro dancer newcomer Lily Cornish.

6. Michelle Bridges

Fitness guru Michelle Bridges takes her first steps onto the dance floor with DWTS vetern Aric Yegudkin.

7. Denise Scott

Funny lady, actress, and Studio Ten panelist Denise Scott is the oldest member of the cast, but that won’t stop her from showing Australia what she’s got. Her partner is Jeremy Garner whose sister, Amanda Garner was the dance partner of host Grant Denyer in Season 4 when the show aired on Channel 7.

8. Jimmy Rees

Adults might not know him but kids know him as Jimmy Giggles. Jimmy will make his dancing debut with dance partner is Alexandra Vladimirov.

9. Miguel Maestre

Everybody’s favourite Crazy Bull and one of Amanda Keller’s Living Room cohorts and don’t forget chief, Miguel Maestre is dusting off those sequins for his turn on the dance floor with partner Megan Wragg.

10. Olympia Valance

Neighbors fans know her as young mother Paige Smith, but Olympia Valance is moving away from her Ramsay Street roots and is set to make her dancing mark with dance partner and Dancing with the Stars vet, Jarryd Byrne.

11. Constance Hall

Author and social media influencer, Constance Hall is ready to show she can hold her own on the dance floor. Her partner is Gustavo Viglio.

Returning Professional Dancers From Previous Seasons

  • Jorja Freeman
  • Joshua Keefe
  • Aric Yegudkin
  • Jarryd Byrne

New Professional Dancers

  • Marco de Angelis
  • Siobhan Power
  • Lily Cornish
  • Jeremy Garner
  • Alexandra Vladimirov
  • Megan Wragg
  • Gustavo Viglio

Music

It’s unknown if Chong Lim will return as musical director at this time. 

Also, it appears the theme song to the series has changed to The Greatest Show, the first song featured in the musical film, The Greatest Showman.

The version of The Greatest Show is from the Reimagined Greatest Showman soundtrack, performed by Panic! At the Disco.

Will The Series Air Live? If So, When And What Time?

Yes! The series will air live on Channel 10 beginning Feburary 18 at 7:30pm.

Where Will The Series Air Live From?

It’s unclear at the moment whether the series will broadcast from Melbourne or Sydney. When Studio 10 spoke to Denise Scott, she was rehearsing in Melbourne. They also spoke to Michelle Bridges and she was rehearsing in Sydney. Though it’s likely it will broadcast from Melbourne though it might not.

Conclusion

Dust off those sequined costumes and those latin dance heels because you’ll be up off your lounge dancing along with our favorite celebrities. Here’s a glimpse at the promo trailer for the upcoming series:

Video from the Australian TV Youtube Channel

To follow along with the dancing fun be sure to follow me here on Project: Fangirl and be sure to follow my coverage with the hashtag #FangirlDWTS on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Be sure to show your support for your favourite celebrity by voting for them to stay in the competition.

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Dancing with the Stars Australia debuts on Channel 10 tomorrow at 7:30pm

cjhawkings

C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot. She now writes for FanSided website, Dork Side of the Force and WhatCulture.

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