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Comedian Shane Bourne confirmed as host of Dancing with the Stars

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 Shane Bourne

Shane Bourne

With a new stable of celebrities set to grace the dance floor, acclaimed presenter, comedian and actor Shane Bourne is set to lead the show into the 2015 season.

Loved by TV audiences from Hey Hey Its Saturday and Thank God You’re Here, as well as acting roles in ABC’s MDA and Channel Seven’s City Homicide, Bourne is said to be thrilled to be taking on his new role.

Bourne joins the program after former host Dan MacPherson announced his departure from the program to concentrate on his acting career. The change to Bourne as host will see the program appeal to an older audience.

“I am extremely excited, and cannot wait for the show to start” stated Bourne, “it's got every ingredient you want in a great live show.”

Edwina Bartholomew said she was excited to welcome in a new partner in crime.

"Shane is everything you could possibly want in a co-host. He thinks on his feet, he's hilarious and is no stranger to live TV. I can't wait to work with him"

Seven Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross said “Shane’s live TV experience is second to none, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Dancing with the Stars family.”

DWTS will have just the three judges this season. Celebrating their fifteenth season on the judging panel will be Todd McKenny and Helen Richey, along with renowned Australian dancer and two-time mirror ball champion Kym Johnson returning straight from competing on the latest season of the show in the US.