DANCING ON WITH BOURNE?
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.