EXCLUSIVE | Dancing With The Stars returns to Channel 7


Another old favourite makes a comeback as the network continues its strategy of commissioning known formats

Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger on Dancing With The Stars (image – News Corp)

Dancing With The Stars is back!

TV Blackbox can reveal Channel 7 has bought the rights after channel 10 decided not to renew the program for 2021.

With the option up for grabs Seven has swooped in and is set to launch a retooled version of the show.

The network has rebuilt its ratings in the second half of 2020 by using known brands and big formats to drive audiences. Big Brother and Farmer Wants A Wife along with a local version of the international series SAS Australia has helped keep Seven competitive after a horrendous start to the year with shows like My Kitchen Rules, House Rules and Pooch Perfect.

It’s understood the network will bring back the elements viewers loved about Dancing With The Stars when it first launched in 2004.

There are strong rumours Sonia Kruger will be brought back to reprise her role, although that is not confirmed.

Dancing With The Stars original judges (image – New Idea)

The big question is whether Seven will bring back any of the old judges, or even hosts.

Channel 10 picked up the rights to the series after Channel 7 let them go in 2016. The 10 version ran in 2019 and 2020 but failed to attract any significant audiences.

Seven are said to be working on a format that long-term viewers will love.

The network is set to make an official announcement soon and has not yet responded to questions from TV Blackbox

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE BEN, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.


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