Ten moves Dancing With The Stars finale forward amid increasing coronavirus restrictions

Ten has made the decision to bring forward its finale of Dancing With The Stars amid the increasing restrictions put in place by the state and federal governments aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are four celebrities left on the program and they will compete for the title and $50,000 for charity on Sunday, 29 March.

The program has already faced a number of setbacks due to the restrictions, including the removal of its studio audience and the quarantine of Christian Wilkins and his dance partner Lily Cornish.

A Ten spokesperson confirmed the decision to move the finale forward was made to get ahead of the changing restrictions.

“The changes to domestic interstate travel imposed by both the federal and state governments since Sunday, and the encroaching state border shutdowns, influenced our decision to move the finale forward,” said the spokesperson.

Wilkins, Celia Pacquola, Claudia Karvan and Ed Kavalee are the final four celebrities and will be taking another shot at a dance they did earlier in the season. Following that, they will blend two genres in one routine before the winner is decided.

The winner will be decided by viewer votes, with lines closing at the beginning of the show, and the judges’ final scores.

Dancing With The Stars is hosted by Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia and BBC Studios, from a format created by the BBC and distributed by BBC Studios.

This year, the show premiered to 593,000 overnight metro viewers, down from 2019’s 621,000. Its most recent episode on Sunday had 482,000 metro viewers.


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