DANCE OF THE HOSTS

Daniel McPher­son’s de­par­ture from Danc­ing with the Stars has led to his crit­i­cal re­place­ment with Shane Bourne

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - COLIN VICK­ERY Danc­ing with the Stars, Chan­nel 7, Sun­day, 7.30pm

Daniel MacPher­son stunned the TV world in May when he an­nounced that he was quit­ting as host of Danc­ing with the Stars but there was one per­son who wasn’t sur­prised: Ed­wina Bartholomew.

MacPher­son had just starred in sci-fi film In­fini and be­come en­gaged to long-time ac­tor girl­friend Zoe Ven­toura when he made his shock de­ci­sion.

“I’ve worked hard to rein­vig­o­rate my act­ing ca­reer and I’m fo­cused on that 100 per cent,” MacPher­son said.

Bartholomew reck­ons she pretty much knew a year ago that MacPher­son was go­ing to pull the pin af­ter seven sea­sons of the Chan­nel 7 dance show.

“I sus­pected at the end of last sea­son that Dan wasn’t go­ing to come back,” Bartholomew says. “He was film­ing a new movie at the time and had just signed on to a big pro­ject in New Zealand.

“It was on the cards for months, and he had done the job for seven years, so it was time for him to fo­cus on be­com­ing a big Hol­ly­wood megas­tar.”

This isn’t the first time Danc­ing with the Stars has un­der­gone a sig­nif­i­cant change. Orig­i­nal host Daryl Somers quit in 2007. In 2011, co-host So­nia Kruger jumped ship to host Big Brother on ri­val Nine.

Kruger’s re­place­ment, for­mer Spice Girl Mel B, was widely panned and only lasted one sea­son.

Bartholomew took over in 2013 and was an im­me­di­ate hit. The 31-yearold, who also presents weather on Sunrise, quickly de­vel­oped an easy rap­port with MacPher­son.

That made Seven’s de­ci­sion as to who would fol­low MacPher­son ab­so­lutely cru­cial.

“I was re­ally ner­vous as to who they (Seven) would choose to put in that role be­cause Dan did such a won­der­ful job,” Bartholomew ad­mits.

En­ter Shane Bourne. The 65-year-old co­me­dian had been largely ab­sent from TV screens since Nine’s ill-fated 2012 drama Tricky Busi­ness.

But Bourne had form. He had hosted four sea­sons of mon­ster hit Thank God You’re Here, on Ten and Seven. He also spent six years telling jokes on Somers’ va­ri­ety show Hey Hey It’s Satur­day.

Media an­a­lyst Steve Allen reck­ons Bourne could give Danc­ing with the Stars a rat­ings boost.

Pic­ture: Eu­gene Hy­land

Daniel MacPher­son and Ed­wina Bartholomew on set.

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