Bourne denies he’s out of step
SHANE Bourne has hit back at critics of his first hosting stint on Dancing with the Stars on Sunday night.
Bourne, who replaced former host Daniel MacPherson alongside Edwina Bartholomew, reckons he was comfortable in the job and is already looking forward to next week’s episode.
Dancing with the Stars is Bourne’s first major TV hosting gig since Thank God You’re Here, which ended in 2009.
Disgruntled Dancing with the Stars fans have taken to Twitter to vent about the 65- year- old’s low- key presenting style, oldfashioned jokes, and even have a crack at his age.
“Whoevers ( sic) responsible for hiring boring old Shane Bourne to co- host Dancing with the Stars should be sacked”, “sorry Shane Bourne just doesn’t do it for me”, and “Shane Bourne is just going through the motions” are some of the tweets from critics. Yesterday, Bourne hit back. “I loved every minute of it,” Bourne says. “I felt totally equipped to kick off at seven o’clock. It is certainly more complicated than Thank God You’re Here but not more complicated than what I’ve been doing for 40 years at functions and corporates.’’
“Where it ( criticism) is coming from, on social media, is going to be demographically skewed. I understand that. A lot of the younger generation probably haven’t seen the traditional, the classic style, I bring to it.
“I get it if younger people say ‘ who’s this silly old bugger?’ My core audience isn’t up late tweeting. They’re probably in bed with a camomile ( tea).” Bourne has his supporters. “For goodness sake give him a chance! Did well in my eyes,” Michael Silva tweeted.
The show rated 778,000 viewers across the five capital cities – half the 1.538 million for Nine’s The Voice and behind Ten’s MasterChef Australia ( 1.044 million).
CLASSIC STYLE: Shane Bourne.