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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 with view­ers lash­ing him for be­ing too old, bor­ing, for jokes fall­ing 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”.

Bartholomew has added her sup­port for Bourne, though, say­ing that she would love the on-air 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.

“He has such an off-the-wall hu­mour, loves to im­pro­vise, and is so funny that I think it prob­a­bly took us a cou­ple of weeks for us to find our rhythm and groove – and we cer­tainly have.”

The rat­ings for Danc­ing with the Stars have taken a tum­ble this year, with re­cent episodes av­er­ag­ing less than 700,000 view­ers across the five cap­i­tal cities.

De­spite the drop, Seven is plan­ning on more Danc­ing with the Stars in 2016 and be­yond.

“Another se­ries of Danc­ing with the Stars was never in doubt – of course it is back next year,” a Seven spokes­woman says. “It is a re­li­able rater and it has a le­gion of fans.“

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 the Gold Coast’s Mat Rogers. Danc­ing with the Stars, Chan­nel 7, Sun­day 8pm and Mon­day 7.30pm

Shane Bourne and Ed­wina Bartholomew.

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