The Courier-Mail

STAR HOST MAY BE ON THE WANE

- / COLIN VICK­ERY

Chan­nel 7 has con­firmed that Danc­ing with the Stars will be back for a 16th sea­son in 2016 — but there is still no word whether Shane Bourne will re­turn as co-host.

Bourne has di­vided au­di­ences since he took over from for­mer pre­sen­ter Daniel MacPher­son along­side Ed­wina Bartholome­w this year.

The 65-year-old copped a serve on so­cial media, ac­cused of be­ing too old, bor­ing, hav­ing jokes fall flat, and go­ing through the mo­tions.

MacPher­son re­cently jumped to Bourne’s de­fence, say­ing “it took me a while to set­tle in to that show too, it’s not the eas­i­est of roles”.

Bourne, the for­mer host of Thank God You’re Here, ducked in­ter­view re­quests this week.

Bartholome­w has added her sup­port, say­ing she would love the part­ner­ship to con­tinue.

“To have this new ex­pe­ri­ence of do­ing the show with Shane — I think it has been great this sea­son and it will be even bet­ter next year,” Bartholome­w says.

The two-part grand fi­nal this Sun­day and Mon­day will be another test of the show’s pop­u­lar­ity. Fi­nal­ists are Emma Freedman, Ash Pol­lard, Matthew Mitcham, and Mat Rogers.

DANC­ING WITH THE STARS, CHAN­NEL 7, SUN­DAY 8PM AND MON­DAY 7.30PM

 ??  ?? Co-hosts Shane Bourne and Ed­wina Bartholome­w.
Co-hosts Shane Bourne and Ed­wina Bartholome­w.

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