Ready to rumba
SHE may have made her take on the macarena famous – alongside then Treasurer Peter Costello on morning TV – but Kerri- Anne Kennerley insists when it comes to dancing, she makes a great golfer.
Kennerley, Channel 7’ s highest- profile recruit to this season’s Dancing With The Stars ( DWTS), may be a showbiz veteran and a devotee of ballroom bling ( right down to her diamante- studded training dance shoes), but insists she’s never danced before.
But hours of training in preparation for her debut tonight on DWTS must be a welcome distraction from controversy which surrounded her at the end of last year, when she and her Mornings With Kerri- Anne show were dumped by Channel 9.
Ever the showbiz survivor, Kennerley ( pictured) headed off on safari to South Africa, saying nothing until she had signed on the dotted line with Channel 7.
Promos for DWTS showcase her transformation into sexy siren, but Kennerley is adamant, three weeks into rehearsals, that her lack of dance moves, and her DWTS partner Carmelo Pizzino, are keeping her grounded.
‘‘ And by grounded I mean literally,’’ KAK laughed.
‘‘ We haven’t done any lifts yet and I’m hoping when it comes to that Carmelo isn’t going to need a block and tackle.’’
As her DWTS live debut looms she insists she’s never been more nervous.
‘‘ Everyone assumes I can dance, but I can’t. It’s not so much being out of my comfort zone, it’s being way out of my talent zone,’’ she says.
‘‘ A couple of weeks ago I was terrified.
‘‘ Now I’m even more so because I know what to be afraid of.’’
She is placing her faith firmly in Pizzino, who describes his charge as the ultimate student.
‘‘ Even when I head out for a coffee she’s practising. She’s going to be fabulous.’’
Kennerley invested in an ipad days after starting training, on which she records Pizzino performing the dance steps so she can study at home.
‘‘ I have learned all the individual steps but I’m struggling to string them together,’’ she said.
‘‘ I’ve always done a bit of ad- libbing and you can’t ad- lib with this stuff.
‘‘ Let’s face it, this is a long way from the macarena.’’
Kennerley wants to win purely for her partner.
‘‘ He just deserves it,’’ she says.
‘‘ He’s taken partners to the finals four times and hasn’t won. And a woman hasn’t won in four years, so maybe it’s his time.’’
Despite her nerves, she’s having a blast.
‘‘ I’m having a ball, I’m learning something new and hopefully all those neural pathways are kicking in, the ones that I haven’t used for several years,’’ she grins.
‘‘ I was doing the same thing for years, which is great, but this is a different experience.
‘‘ I’ve always been up for something new, jumping out of choppers, abseiling down buildings, swimming with the dolphins. They are all new experiences but I only ever did them once.
‘‘ This I have to do over and over and over.’’
Kennerley, a more- thanaccomplished golfer, says the long hours are playing havoc with her golf game ( she plays off 16).
‘‘ But I’ll get Carmelo out there at some point,’’ she says.
‘‘ If it was Golfing With The Stars I’d be all over it.’’