What do you think of Monty Betham on Dancing with the Stars 2008?

Monty Betham is dancing with Nerida Jantti

Monty Betham recently retired from a successful short stint as a professional boxer, but is probably better known to New Zealanders for his career as a professional rugby league player.

Monty played for nearly a decade in the game which saw him captain the Warriors, play over 100 NRL and Super League games, pull on the Kiwi jersey for eight test matches, and captain the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in England.

In 2007, Monty appeared on TV2’s Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific. He and his wife, Jaymie, celebrated the birth of their first child soon after he returned home from the show.

Monty left his league contract in England early to pursue his dream of boxing, despite no previous experience, to follow in his famous father’s footsteps – Monty Betham Snr, who won a slew of New Zealand, Australasian, and Commonwealth boxing titles in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, after a gruelling nine months – and five wins from five fights – Monty decided to call it a day, and spend more time with his family.

With no regrets, his involvement with boxing is not over – he now is the manager and a personal trainer at Boxing Alley.

Monty Betham

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  • Rachel

    Week 1: Cha-cha-cha
    Song: Feel Good Time – Pink

    Judges praised his:

    • dancing ability
    • rapport with Nerida
    • having fun
    • groove

    Judges encouraged him to:

    • improve timing
    • improve fluidity
    • dance his full height
    • improve sloppy footwork


    • Week 1: 23 (6 7 4 6)
  • Rikki

    Did well.

    What’s with Nerida’s name Jantii? Where did that come from?

  • Anna K

    Her maiden name, I suspect. Lister was her married name.

  • ChchTVaddict

    I think they were good but judges were harsh. Nerida was right to speak up coz he dance alot more then say Cory in my opinion.


  • Rachel

    I know! Their outfits really weren’t great!

  • G.G.

    I don’t think he’ll go all the way. Yes he’s got the muscles but it will be weird seeing Nerida dance with someone else.

    Any chemistry between them will just seem icky to me… especially since she left her husband last time to be with her dance partner Shane and has had a baby to him since.

    And chemistry is where it’s at on this dancefloor.

  • Alaina Roar

    I liked Nerida’s outfit. 😛

  • Rikki

    Good on Nerida – for not competing to have the smallest costume! She looked good, her outfit suited the dance! Certainly not getting the connection between them that’s needed on this – what she had with Shane the first season Good job too.;)
    But that makes so much difference.

  • ChchTVaddict

    I still think that the judges are harsh on them. Monty seems to be “dancing” more then the other blokes

  • Rikki

    Still doesn’t do much for me. Nerida pretty and seems to be doing all the dancing.

  • Rikki

    Was very impressed. He was actually really good, let himself go and got into the dance.

  • ChchTVaddict

    Yeah I was really happy for him last night. One would think Cory *should* be the next to go (assuming Monty dances as well as he did next week)

  • Rikki

    Monty really is getting better and better. Seems to have more of a feel for the dances now, and letting himself go.

    Could well be in the final! Likely to have a big enough following to get him there.
    Even though I think it should be Mirama and Temapara!