Tango Time for Dancing With the Stars NZ

Three’s Dancing With the Stars NZ will return on April 24 with new judges James Luck and Lance Savali joining ballroom champion Camilla Sacre-Dellerup.

The COVID-delayed new season will screen twice-weekly: 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Mondays.

Here’s the media release:

JUDGES REVEALED FOR THE NEW SEASON OF DANCING WITH THE STARS NEW ZEALAND 

Ballroom champion Camilla Sacre-Dallerup returns, alongside new judges, performer James Luck and choreographer Lance Savali. The dazzling new season will tango back to Three and ThreeNow on Sunday 24th April at 7pm, with live episodes every Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 7:30pm.

Professional dancer and Kiwi audience favourite Camilla Sacre-Dallerupreturns to Dancing with the Stars NZ as Head Judge. The champion performer started dancing aged two and a half in her hometown of Aalborg, Denmark. Now, with more than 25 years’ experience in the world of ballroom dancing, Camilla’s vast credits includes six seasons as a professional dancer on the BBC’s smash-hit series, Strictly Come Dancingand two seasons on Dancing with the Stars NZ. Outside of the dance arena, Camilla is a qualified hypnotherapist, life-coach, and best-selling author.

Camilla is over the moon to be heading back to Aotearoa for the new series: “I’m as excited as the audience to go on the journey with this year’s fabulous contestants. I’m also looking forward to meeting my fellow judges James and Lance, it’s clear we share a passion for dance and performing. I just can’t wait to get started.”

Many New Zealanders will recognise actor, dancer and choreographer James Luck by his drag star persona Elektra Shock, having competed on the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and the second season of House of Drag. James started his professional dancing career at 16 as an assistant choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Since then, he has worked with a host of global superstars including Sia, Elton John and Annie Lennox, choreographed for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and taught classes and workshops all over the world. James is trained in all forms of dance, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, Latin, contemporary and more.

James is “beyond excited” to be joining the judging panel: “Being recognised as an expert in your chosen field is such a huge honour – and to be in the fantastic company of Camilla and Lance is incredible. With such a diverse wealth of experience on the panel, the stars and pro-dancers this season are sure to be pushed harder than ever before!”

World-renowned hip-hop dancer Lance Savali has travelled the globe and performed with some of the hottest names in the industry, and now he’s bringing his dancing expertise to Dancing with the Stars NZ. After joining the team at the highly reputable Royal Family dance crew, Lance has danced alongside childhood inspiration Chris Brown, embarked on a world tour with Rihanna, performed on the Superbowl stage with Jennifer Lopez, and taken to the Coachella stage with Beyonce. Lance recently showcased his dance skills by choreographing the grand finale performance on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, and in 2021, competed on Celebrity Treasure Island.

Lance commented on his new role: “Having most recently been a TV show contestant, I’m looking forward to being on the judging panel of Dancing with the Stars NZ. When you’re competing to raise money for a charity that means a lot to you, you definitely want to work extra hard in the competition, so I’m really excited to see what all the celebs bring to the dance floor.”

The star-studded cast competing for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy will be reality TV star Alex Vaz, award-winning broadcaster Brodie Kane, former professional boxer David Letele, and comedian and The Edge Breakfast co-host Eli Matthewson. They’ll be joined by two-time Olympic medallist Eric Murray, author and mental health advocate Jazz Thornton, accomplished broadcaster and journalist Kerre Woodham, stand-up comedian Rhys Mathewson, and actor and TV presenter Sonia Gray.

Fun-loving duo Sharyn Casey and Clint Randell will guide viewers through all of the action of the live televised dance floor competition. Dancing With The Stars NZ has raised more than one million dollars in the past two seasons on Three (2018 & 2019), with celebrities aligning with their chosen charity and the public contributing money via text voting or individual contributions.

This season’s show will be filmed under strict health and safety protocols in line with current government COVID-19 regulations.

Dancing with the Stars is a BBC Studios format. The smash-hit BBC format is licensed to 60 countries, with over 350 series aired around the world to date.

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One Response to “Tango Time for Dancing With the Stars NZ”


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    April 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    WOW, I see Three will be screening some LIVE NRL games this season . The power of Warner Bros. Discovery is working already 😁

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