Bourne de­nies he’s out of step

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - COLIN VICK­ERY

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.

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