When the Dancing with the Stars winners and runners-up reunite for a special evening at Vector Arena in August, there will be more than a few nerves out there on the dance floor.
Original series winner Norm Hewitt and last year’s champ Tamati Coffey are among those set to unite for a special night of dancing in Auckland later this year in what’s shaping up to be a celebration of the best celebrity dancers from One’s hit series.
Victorious in the first season of the competition back in 2005, ex-All Black Norm Hewitt claims he’ll be a tad rusty when he reunites with dance partner Carol-Ann Hickmore for the first time in five years.
“Even if I do a wee bit of a dance at a school I am reminded of how fit you have to be,” Hewitt says.
The ex-rugby player is looking forward to a showdown with Shane Cortese, though makes it known the bare-chested dances will remain in the hands of the actor.
Another champ feeling a little apprehensive about returning to the dance floor is TVNZ weatherman Tamati Coffey who picked up a Mirror Ball Trophy last year.
“My fitness has gone downhill. I’m now the telly-tubby,” he says.
Coffey claims to have not hit the floor since his victory in 2009 and says the outfits he wore during the show are still hanging at the back of his closet, untouched.
2006 winner Lorraine Downes shares the pair’s apprehensions about dancing again in front of a live audience.
“When it was first mentioned, my initial reaction was [thinking] of being dance-fit and having to put on the costumes and I thought, ‘can I do this again?’ It was 2006, it was a long time ago. I had a chat to Aaron and he was pretty encouraging, so I decided to go ahead.”
So if you are keen to see how the celebrities handle the dance floor again, clear the night of August 27 on your calendar. Hewitt, Coffey and Downes will be joined by Beatrice Faumuina, Suzanne Paul and Shane Cortese on stage in a special reunion of winners and runners-up of Dancing with the Stars at Vector Arena in Auckland.
Tickets available from Ticketmaster at a later date.
Source: NZ Herald