The Courier-Mail

STAR HOST MAY BE ON THE WANE

- / COLIN VICKERY

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, accused of being too old, boring, having jokes fall 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”.

Bourne, the former host of Thank God You’re Here, ducked interview requests this week.

Bartholome­w has added her support, saying she would love the 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.

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 Mat Rogers.

DANCING WITH THE STARS, CHANNEL 7, SUNDAY 8PM AND MONDAY 7.30PM

 ??  ?? Co-hosts Shane Bourne and Edwina Bartholome­w.
Co-hosts Shane Bourne and Edwina Bartholome­w.

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