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Country of origin  Australia
No. of seasons  15
First episode date  5 October 2004
Number of seasons  15
4.7/10 IMDb

Created by  BBC
Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  147
Final episode date  2015
Number of episodes  147
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Location(s)  Global Television Studios, South Melbourne, Victoria
Judges  Helen Richey, Todd McKenney, Mark Wilson, Paul Mercurio, Adam Garcia, Kym Johnson, Bruno Tonioli
Presented by  Sonia Kruger, Daryl Somers, Daniel MacPherson, Mel B, Shane Bourne, Edwina Bartholomew
Similar  Strictly Come Dancing, Deal or No Deal, Australian Idol, Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie, The Block

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Dancing with the Stars was a Logie Award-winning, Australian light entertainment reality show airing on the Seven Network and filmed live from the HSV-7 studios (now Global Television studios) in Melbourne. The show is based on the United Kingdom BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's international Dancing with the Stars franchise.


The show debuted in a short run from October to November 2004, then returned the following February.

The show is a ratings success averaging around 2 million viewers a week nationally during its peak which places the series number 1 of the entire day.

The show pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other in a dance-off to impress a panel of judges and ultimately the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through telephone and SMS voting, viewers vote for the duo they think should remain in the competition. Judges' scores are combined with the viewer votes when determining which duo is eliminated.

Shane Bourne and Edwina Bartholomew are the current co-hosts of the show.

The logo used for the first seven series of Dancing with the Stars is similar to the logo used by Strictly Come Dancing. The logo used for the eighth series and beyond is similar to that used by the US version of Dancing with the Stars.

The program ended after 15 seasons, when the Seven Network announced in October 2016 it would not renew the program despite previously suggesting a sixteenth season would air in 2017.


From seasons 1 to 7, entertainment legend Daryl Somers and dancer/actress/television presenter Sonia Kruger were the two primary hosts. For season 8, Somers was replaced by actor Daniel MacPherson, when Somers returned to the Nine network to host the rebooted Hey Hey, It's Saturday. Kruger continued to co-host with MacPherson, until the start of season 12, when she also defected to the Nine network. Kruger was subsequently replaced by former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. In 2013, Brown was replaced by Sunrise weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew. In 2015, Shane Bourne replaced Daniel MacPherson as co-host.

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From seasons 1 to 7, the judging panel consisted of four primary judges: Todd McKenney, Helen Richey, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson. At the start of season 8, Mercurio left the judging panel. Before the eleventh season began, Wilson was dumped by the Seven network and replaced by Joshua Horner. McKenney, Richey and Horner have made up the primary judging panel since 2011. Kym Johnson who comes from the United States version of Dancing with the Stars and Adam Garcia join the judging panel in 2013. In 2015 Bruno Tonioli replaced Garcia as a judge for the first three weeks before leaving just three judges for the rest of the season. Ian "Dicko" Dickson and Bruno Tonioli have also appeared as guest judges throughout the series, providing feedback and scores as part of their judging role. Pamela Anderson, Damian Whitewood, Olivia Newton-John and Dame Edna Everage have also appeared as guest judges, but providing comments and feedback only.

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The following are the dances performed by couples on Dancing with the Stars. In addition, each couple in the final round performs a dance of any style or combination of styles of their choosing, called "freestyle".

  • These scores have been modified to be out of 30, instead of 40.
  • Champion of Champions

    In late 2005, the winners of series two (Tom Williams) and three (Ada Nicodemou) competed against each other for the title of Champion of Champions. Series one winner Bec Hewitt did not compete as she was pregnant at the time. Ada Nicodemou and her partner Aric Yegudkin won the championship, defeating Tom Williams and his partner, Kym Johnson, based on the judges' scores.

    Highest-scoring celebrities

    The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained.

  • * These celebrities were scored were out of 40, and their marks have been altered to be made out of 30.
  • Number of perfect scores

    The scores presented below represent the perfect scores which the celebrities gained in their original season.


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