Seven announces Dancing With the Stars all-stars season after Ten axing

Four months after it was scrapped by Ten, and more than four years since Seven first axed it, the latter TV network has confirmed it is bringing back Dancing With the Stars in the form of an all stars season.

In October, Ten said it had not renewed the format “for the time being”, after snapping up the show in 2018. Two years earlier, Seven had ditched the program after 15 seasons.

The announcement follows a number of similar revivals from Seven; last year, Nine gladly offloaded The Voice, and Seven revealed it would bring back Australian Idol, which previously ran on Ten, from next year.

The TV network’s slate also features other old programs made new again, including Big Brother and Farmer Wants a Wife.

The cast of the condensed, two-week Dancing With the Stars all stars season will be announced soon, along with the air dates.

“Dancing With The Stars is one of the most successful television formats in the world,” said Seven’s programming director, Angus Ross, of the choice to re-acquire the show.

“It was a massive hit for us across 15 seasons and we are delighted to welcome it home.”

Last year, Dancing With the Stars premiered to 593,000 metro viewers in February, and 635,000 tuned in for the winner’s announcement.

In 2015, the last season on Seven, the finale had 883,000 metro viewers, down from the 1.063 million who watched the previous year. In 2013, the last episode pulled almost 1.4 million metro viewers.

The first hosts in 2004 were Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger. Daniel MacPherson took over from Somers, then Shane Bourne took over from him and Spice Girl Mel Brown replaced Kruger, before Brown was also swapped for Edwina Bartholomew.


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