Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story -

WHO would have thought Dancing with the Stars would still be go­ing strong af­ter 11 sea­sons? Cer­tainly not Chan­nel 7 ex­ec­u­tives, who were less than en­thu­si­as­tic about the dance show when it first aired in 2004 with Daryl Somers as host. Somers quit at the end of 2007 and was re­placed by Daniel MacPherson. Somers later went to Chan­nel 9 to res­ur­rect Hey Hey It’s Satur­day. So­nia Kruger ad­mits she misses Somers. ‘‘I will for­ever be grate­ful that I got to work with Daryl,’’ Kruger says. ‘‘There was no au­tocue at all. He was gen­er­ous with ev­ery­body. He’s an en­sem­ble player. ‘‘I miss Daryl, I re­ally do. He still texts me from time to time. He’s a real gen­tle­man — ab­so­lute (TV) roy­alty.’’

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