Dancing with the Stars set for return

dancing-with-the-starsIt’s one of the shows that regularly comes up in conversation as being one of the shows people would most like to see return to screens in New Zealand.  Great Southern Television has picked up the rights to Dancing with the Stars and is looking to revamp the series and pitch it to all broadcasters after TV One dropped it after five seasons in 2010.

The British version of the show regularly outrates The X Factor in the UK where the two juggernauts go head to head in their timeslots.

Who would you like to see on a new season of Dancing With the Stars and which channel do you think it should be on?  Who would get to host it?

Would you watch a new season of Dancing With the Stars?

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Drew Horan

    This is great news and expect TVNZ and TV3 to battle for this show, Im guess having extra cash at TV3 could help them. I really hope Dan Carter does this show and Judy Bailey!

  • Jeseta

    Probably good timing for this. It feels like much longer than 3 years since it was last on our screens. Hopefully they’ll get some recognisable faces to compete but it’s difficult in this country. I’m more interested in who they’ll pick to host – will Jason Gunn and Candy Lane be back?

    • Maggie

      Speculation is rife that Tamati Coffee and Hayley Holt will host.
      I don’t think either is a good choice – Tamati is becoming too over-exposed; and Hayley is not a very good presenter as it is, so I’d hate to imagine her ‘live’. I do like the idea of a change from Candy Lane though – I’m not a fan of her!
      How about Miriama Smith (past contestant and really likable actress) and Temuera Morrison – they’d be great!

      • K

        Agree about Tamati & Hayley! Not a fan of either choices, all I’ve seen of Hayley is on Best Bits and I mean no offense but she was awwwwwful.

        Interesting, Miriama and Temuera. Maybe Miriama but personally not a big Tem fan.

        • Maggie

          I suggested Temuera as he’s quite funny on that reality show on TV One at the moment – he knows when to laugh at himself and is obviously keen to give anything a go.
          I think doing something entirely different might be very good for him. I’d be sending him off to a workshop before signing him up though – he needs to develop his charm a little more so the audience warm to him. With someone like Miriama by his side though, I think she’d bring all his good traits out.
          TV-land seems very hesitant to run with new talent – they could also take a punt on Ruth Wynn Williams’ boyfriend (Matt?) as a host of one of these shows – he’s incredibly charming (he does Lotto and the Telecom tech in a sec ads), but they appear to be nervous about giving these people a decent go with something grunty … and we’re instead left with ‘same old, same old’ hosts.

          • K

            It’s a pity eh. it would attract me far more (watching a new host), even if they’re not as polished as someone more experienced — than watching the saaaame old, same old.

      • Jeseta

        I think maybe people underestimate what a distinct skill hosting is, not just any pretty person or good actor can do it. That’s why I really like Jason Gunn. I know he’s not exactly a fresh face but boy is he a pro at it. And plenty of people will disagree with me but I also think Dominic Bowden is a real talent in this area. It seems though that they are very much trying to make this new series distinct from the previous one so we won’t be seeing Jason and Candy but I’ll be disappointed if it turns out to be Tamati and/or Hayley. Neither of them have got the elusive hosting ‘X Factor’.

        • Maggie

          I like the Dominic Bowden suggestion. He was flawless when he hosted NZ Idol but seemed a bit ‘restricted’ (for lack of a better word) when he hosted X Factor. But yes, a very likable man who has fantastic rapport with the contestants, public and judges alike.
          Tamati is very charming, too – don’t get me wrong – he’s just becoming too over-exposed though, in my book. I think Seven Sharp is definitely his calling.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            I have to agree with you, Maggie. Dominic is too stiff, and doesn’t have that magic “talent show” spark.

            Same with Tamati. He’s too broad, and doesn’t ad-lib very well. I find him bland.

            Jason Gunn is a brilliant presenter. He livens up the show, and makes it comfortable to watch. He’s like the uncle of talent shows. AND…. what’s more, whenever the judges says something bad, he says something to ease it off. He should’ve been the host of New Zealand’s Got Talent.

          • Jeseta

            It seems everyone really likes Jason Gunn, me included. Mediaworks would do well to put him on telly soon, it seems like that’s what the people want!!!

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Absolutely. Well, he has a natural presents on tv. And whether you like him or not, (Carol), he is talented at presenting.

        • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

          HA! Dominic Bowden hosting Dancing With The Stars? That’s a laugh.

          • Jeseta

            Actually I wasn’t suggesting Dominic Bowden, I don’t think he’d be a good match for the show either. I was just saying that hosting is a skill some have and some don’t, and Dominic has it IMO.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            For me, Dominic’s style of presenting and his personality doesn’t suit talent shows. He’s more of an entertainment reporter.

  • Dancing is a darn side more watchable than hideous talent shows. TV One would do the better job hosting it so hopefully they get the rights

  • Drew Horan

    Just a thought This show would be perfect for SBW!lol

  • Trevor Ashman

    I really hope TV3 will have it on …..they would make it more fun 🙂

    • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

      Bugger off! TVNZ have better chance at it.

      • Trevor Ashman

        Speaking like a typical TVNZ supporter 🙂

        • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

          I’m not anti TV3, I just like TVNZ.

  • Jeseta

    I can’t wait to see the comments should Tamati indeed be announced as host! I guess all signs point to TVNZ for this then.

    • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

      Why Tamati? Jason Gunn is a much safer choice, unless they swap shows.

      • K

        I really hope it’s not Tamati

        Why do all signs point to TVNZ @jeseta:disqus ? What have I missed?

        • Dave Ian Batten

          Because they’re good.

        • Jeseta

          Well according to the Herald Tamati is rumoured to host, he’s pretty solidly a TVNZ guy especially with him almost certain to be permanent on Seven Sharp in 2014. With the Mediaworks troubles I’d say if TVNZ want it, they got it.

      • tv3isbest

        Jason Gunn does not work for tvnz anymore, he works for mediaworks. even more reason they should have it on tv3. but mike puru and kim crossman or haley holt are the best choices.

        • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

          Well, move it to TV3 then.

        • bobscoffee

          Kim Crossman comes across as an attention seeker or one of those socialites whose occupation is nothing more than to try appear in the magazines and TV and to be famous for no reason. Has she even had any proper presenting/acting jobs since Shortland Street?

          It doesnt seem as though any ‘personalities’ are employed by TVNZ anymore except for the news people.

          • tv3isbest

            well maybe Jaquie Brown might be good, shes a household name, quite funny also.

          • Maggie

            *Spits coffee over monitor*
            You can’t be serious!!!!

          • K

            Please not Kim Crossman as host, have her as a contestant maybe – she’s popular enough

          • Regan Cunliffe

            To be fair, anyone who works in television has to be a bit of an attention seeker.

            Kim is lovely though and she’s playing a very strategic career game. She’d be better as a celeb than a host though IMO but she is co-hosting a new show on TV3 next year…

        • Jeseta

          Kim Crossman comes across as an absolute airhead. Not saying she is, I’ve never met her but on television she seems absolutely inane.

          • Maggie

            @ Jeseta – I feel like I know you – we seem to share a lot of the same sentiments! 🙂
            I agree about Crossman – she’s a ditzy little thing at best, and better suited to the Hollywood soap roles she’s trying to land.
            There’s something weird about TV land popping out all these types of presenters who seem the same in just about every way (as if they’re ‘stepforded’ copies of each other – Erin Simpson is another one.

          • K

            Totally agree about Kim Crossman!

          • tv3isbest

            I was just suggesting different people, she might be best suited for a contestant role. But Mike Puru is another good idea. And on the judging panel i would think Paris Goebel would be great for the role as she brings diversity to ballroom dancing.

          • Jeseta

            Agreed!

            Is she trying to get cast in a soap? I saw her little spot on NCIS:LA (Was that the one?) and oh boy, she is going to have to do better than that if she wants to really make it over there. Her American accent needs alot of work.

            Alot of the hosts have come throught kids tv, maybe thats hard training to shake.

    • bobscoffee

      They’ve somehow got to find somewhere to put Tamati once NZ’s Got Talent is gone…(really hoping not this show too though..)

      • Dave Ian Batten

        Idea, put Jason Gunn on NZ’s Got Talent.

        • K

          Good idea ! 🙂 Jason is tried and true!!

          • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

            Exactly.

      • K

        Pretty clear he’s gunna be on Seven Sharp

        • Dave Ian Batten

          Yeah, he’s better off in that medium.

      • Dave Ian Batten

        NZ’s Got Talent isn’t going anywhere.

        • Jeseta

          It’s still possible it won’t be back next year, with the lower ratings and all.

          I honestly think that in this small country of ours the best way to extend the life and improve the quality of these reality shows is to work on a year on year off basis. TV1 could alternate between NZ’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars and TV3 could alternate between The X Factor and The Block. Spreading it out means each time a show returns there will be renewed interest without having to revamp it to attract people. Two years worth of people applying to be on each show means bigger pools of talent to pick from. None of our shows keep up the audience for ten plus years like they do in UK, US and Aus. This is a way to get a longer life span from each format.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Well, I guess NZ’s GotTalent was a dead loss.

          • Maggie

            I like the alternation idea very much – it would keep the interest levels of the respective shows intact too.

          • K

            Me too! I thought NZGT straight after X Factor on tv3 was all a bit much “talent”

          • Jeseta

            Exactly. Everyone would know it was coming back in 2 years so they wouldn’t have to tell everyone they were ‘rebooting’ it. People would be excited to see it return with a long enough gap to not get bored. I think it would result in steadier ratings over several seasons rather than a distinct 2nd season drop like we’ve seen with NZGT. Sometimes a little absence makes the heart grow fonder you know?

          • Russell Gray

            I agree. They didn’t have to kill Idol either, just put it on say once every 5 years giving a decent time for whole new variety of people to be old enough to have a go. We’re too small a country to anually have the same show of this nature; one bad season and the network overeacts by killing it off completely instead of spacing each season by an extra year or more.

  • guest

    With Kevin Kendrick in charge of TVNZ I’d say the odds are slim he only cares about ondemand and adding to his cv

    • Dave Ian Batten

      Prick.

  • Maggie

    The sad reality is, with a country of our small size, they’re going to run out of ‘celebrities’ very quickly. It will become a case of ‘Who is THAT?’
    Also, the commitment is huge hours-wise – unless the celebrities were in between jobs or taking sabbaticals, I think they’d find it hard to get people who could do it.
    It would be a great way to lose weight though – the results seem to be a bit like ‘The Biggest Loser Dance Style’. Maybe some of our more ‘cuddly’ MPs could give it a go – I could think of a couple of suggestions.

    • Jeseta

      I guess that’s why the people who compete are always D-list celebs, they are the only ones who have the time! Having such a small number of famous faces available is another reason my alternating idea would be useful.

  • disqus_w9JKY8O72e

    I’ll tell you, if Tamati is the host, TVNZ are at a deadend.

    • Jeseta

      Someone there obviously thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I know we are not exactly representative of the whole country but I find it interesting no one on Throng seems to like him at all….

      • Dave Ian Batten

        I almost threw up when I heard he was hosting New Zealand’s Got Talent again. TVNZ, what the f**k is you? You knew full well he didn’t do well the first time round, so why put him on again? It was just the same. Bland, boring, and lack of talent from a hosting point of view.

  • K

    Antonia Prebble would be GREAT for this show

  • Maggie

    Hey, what about:
    SIMON BARNETT?
    I guess he’s probably tipped for another series of Mitre 10 Dream Home (if there is one), but he has charisma+++.
    I was a contestant on ‘Face the Music’ many, many years ago and he was incredibly charming. I thought that once filming stopped he might not be so nice, but that was not the case (he was genuinely interested in all the contestants, including the snotty cow who stood next me and kept flicking her hong hair in my face and complaining about everything, resulting in filming having to be halted a couple times). He’s funny, personable and, would do a stellar job.
    *Pick him, for sure!*

    • Dave Ian Batten

      He’s good, but I don’t know if he’s the right person for this particular show.

  • Trevor Ashman

    What about Siobhan Marshall? she could be a host or one of the stars 🙂

    • Jeseta

      I don’t think she has any hosting experience but I’d be happy to see her as one of the ‘stars’!