Dancing With The Stars contestants' biggest fears
It has been off air for six years but Dancing With The Stars is about to hit our TV screens once again.
This time around, The X Factor New Zealand host Dominic Bowden will be fronting the show along with Sharyn Casey, a radio DJ and presenter from The Xtra Factor.
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The judging panel will be made up of experienced dancers Candy Lane, Stefano Olivieri and Hayley Holt who were involved with previous series of Dancing With The Stars when it screened on TV One. So without further ado, let's meet this year's fleet-footed hopefuls.
TEUILA BLAKELY: FORMER SHORTLAND STREET ACTRESS
Dance partner: Scott Cole (brother of Brendan, former Dancing With The Stars judge).
Chosen charity: Women's Refuge.
How much dancing experience do you have? None whatsoever.
Who will be your toughest competition? Everybody. You never know with shows like this... Never underestimate the competition.
How do you rate your chances? I'm prepared to work as hard as I possibly can and make the most of the opportunity. I'd love to go all the way.
Is there any particular dance you are looking forward to learning? I've googled a lot of overseas performances and I think the jive looks really fun.
What is one thing your dance partner should know about you? I'm a princess.
How did you choose your charity? I've always wanted to do something for Women's Refuge. Last year I had a bit of a scandal. Women's Refuge came out and supported me and I never forgot that.
SIMON BARNETT: BROADCASTER
Dance partner: Vanessa Cole (sister of Brendan and Scott).
Chosen charity: Salvation Army.
Why do you want to be part of Dancing With The Stars? My children thought it would be hysterical and my wife would loveme to be able to take her dancing.
Who do you think will be your toughest competition? Probably my greatest competition will be my own body. In my head I am a brilliant dancer and I move like Fred Astaire but when I look at myself in the mirror dancing I more accurately resemble one of the Queen's corgis.
Have you done anything special to prepare for the competition? I had a spray tan under orders. It was so embarrassing, I was offered a paper g-string. Aghhh!
How do you feel about wearing sparkly, figure-hugging, sexy outfits? That's the second most embarrassing thing... What's with dance costumes and their lack of fabric?
SIOBHAN MARSHALL: FORMER OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE ACTRESS.
Dance partner: Charlie Billington.
Chosen charity: SPAW (South Pacific Animal Welfare).
How much dancing experience do you have? Not much. Ballet as a kid, a couple of African dancing classes and belly dancing. But I do boogie around the house occasionally.
How would you describe your dancing style? I don't think I have a dancing style at this point. Staying upright in heels is a good start for me.
Why do you want to be part of Dancing With The Stars? To learn to dance, have a fun time and, hopefully, get some publicity for SPAW.
What is your level of fitness like going into this competition? Probably not where I'd ideally like it to be. I figure I'll get fitter, stronger and more flexible throughout the rehearsal process. I'm excited about that.
What is your biggest fear about the show? Letting off a loud fart during a dance.
SHANE CAMERON: PROFESSIONAL BOXER
Dance partner: Nerida Cortese
Chosen charity: Child Cancer Foundation.
Describe your dancing style. Like changing gears on an old tractor – stiff with no rhythm.
Who do you think will be your toughest competition? Teuila... She is so excited about this.
How do you rate your chances? Well, my own mother thinks I'm not going to get past the first round.
What is one thing your dance partner should know about you? I'm deaf in one ear.
Are you OK with spray tans?I had my first-ever spray tan the other day. My nieces said, "Why do you look so orange, Uncle?" For my next one I'll ask for a shade lighter.
How did your partner react when you told her you were dancing? She's supportive but also enjoys a good laugh watching me try to remember my dance moves. Being punched in the head for 17 years doesn't help my memory.
BEN BARRINGTON: FORMER THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS AND OFFSPRING ACTOR.
Dance partner: Krystal Stuart.
Chosen charity: St John.
Who do you think will be your toughest competition? Shane Cameron, because I think he could kill me with a high five. But really, as every dancer knows, when you're out there on that stage the toughest one to beat is yourself. And Shane Cameron.
What is your biggest fear about this whole thing? Dropping Krystal during a number.
What is one thing your dance partner should know about you? I sometimes freeze under bright lights.
How do you feel about who you have been paired up with forthe competition? I feel very lucky to be paired up with Krystal. She's a very patient teacher and an extremely talented dancer and she has three series of Dancing With The Stars experience under her belt.
How did you choose your charity? I chose St John partly because there's a solid chance I'll need them at some point during the contest. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and I believe we're lucky to have them.
PAM CORKERY: FORMER POLITICIAN AND BROADCASTER
Dance partner: Matt Tatton-Brown.
Charity: Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust.
How much dancing experience do you have? My inner dancer has been ignored until now.
What is your signature dance move? I think it involves some kind of stomping.
What do you recall of previous Dancing With The Stars? I was always amazed that anyone would put themselves through the potential hell of dancing on nationwide telly.
Who do you think will be your toughest competition? Non-smokers. For obvious reasons.
How do you rate your chances in the show? If willingness wins any points, we're good to go.
How do you feel about wearing sparkly, sexy outfits? This is not my usual look and I think I will look like a drag queen. No disrespect intended.
What is your biggest fear about this whole thing? Falling down the stairs before getting to the dance floor.
CHRYSTAL CHENERY: YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND FORMER THE BACHELOR NZ CONTESTANT
Dance partner: Jonny Williams.
Chosen charity: Home And Family Society Christchurch.
How much dancing experience do you have? No experience at all. I'm a bit terrified going into this given I have zero dance experience but it's in my nature to put myself outof my comfort zone so I'm up for the challenge.
What is your level of fitness like going into this competition? I'm yoga fit so my flexibility and core strength is good but ballroom dancing is a whole new ball game.
Who is your main competition? Colin and Kristie because from what I can see he can already dance so I'm under pressure to do some serious homework. And Kristie and Jonny (my partner) are partners (in real life) so we have the added personal rivalry to spice things up.
Which famous dancer would you most like to model yourself on? Candy Lane, those legs…
COLIN MATHURA-JEFFREE: MODEL AND TV PRESENTER
Dance partner: Kristie Williams.
Chosen charity: Alzheimers New Zealand.
How do you rate your chances in the show? I have absolutely no idea. It's up to the adoring public.
What is your level of fitness like now? I go to the gym regularly, but this is a whole new set of muscles.
What have you done to prepare? I've grown a new hairdo.
Is there any particular dance you are looking forward to learning? I think the hard ones, specifically Latin. They are the ones I want to challenge myself with – I want to see if my Latin ancestry will make a surprise appearance.
What should your dance partner know about you? I'm in it for the long haul.
What is your biggest fear about this whole thing? Missing a couple of moves.
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