Samuel Johnson wins Dancing With The Stars

Actor, presenter, Gold Logie winner and anti-cancer campaigner Samuel Johnson has taken out the first season of Ten’s revived Dancing With The Stars competition.

Johnson beat fellow finalists, blogger and author Constance Hall, and performer and reality television stalwart Courtney Act (Shane Jenek).

Johnson said all he wanted to do was “kick cancer in the face” after the death of his sister Connie Johnson in 2017.

Judge Sharna Burgess offered her assessment of why Johnson had taken out the competition: “Sam wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s real, raw and the ultimate showman. The passion he gives to his performances is not only something you watch, it’s something you really feel.”

Samuel Johnson was previously a well-known voice-over artist, actor and presenter, who won the TV Week Gold Logie in 2017 for being Australia’s most popular television personality. His Logie was ostensibly for his portrayal of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum on Seven’s ‘Molly’ mini-series. In recent years, however, Johnson has said he won’t return to his entertainment profession until he raises $10m for his cancer charity Love Your Sister.

Recent reports indicate he may be re-assessing his return to the spotlight.

Ten revived the Dancing With The Stars format this year, with Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller fronting the program.

The show had previously run on Seven between 2004 and 2015, with the network squeezing in 15 seasons over the 11 years.

Its final episode on Seven had 883,000 viewers, which was down on the peaks of 1m-plus viewers it had seen in previous years.

This year’s iteration on Ten had 621,000 metro viewers on debut. Its most recent episode had 556,000 metro viewers – up from the previous week’s 437,000.

The ratings for Dancing With The Stars’ final episode will come in on Tuesday morning.


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