Radio and TV personality Emma Freedman has won the coveted mirror ball trophy in the 2015 Dancing with the Stars competition.
Last nights finale was pushed forward a week after the series has struggled to find an audience this year. The once popular program has spent much of this season struggling to compete against juggernaut The Voice. New host Shane Bourne has also received mixed reviews from viewers.
Last week a Seven Spokesperson assured fans the program would return in 2016 telling News Corp,
“Another series of Dancing With The Stars was never in doubt — of course it is back next year,”
“It is a reliable rater and it has a legion of fans. The US version is up to its 21st season and that is where we see the Australian series heading.”
However with last nights finale attracting just 883,000 viewers, and Seven keen to refresh its reality programming lineup, it could well be time the network gave DWTS an extended rest.
All the 2015 cast returned for the finale, a Peter Allen tribute from Todd McKenney, and two musical numbers from Simply Red accompanied by the DWTS band.
Emma Freedman impressed the judges with her new and improved jive in the judges choice, before a beautiful freestyle to ‘Singing In The Rain.’ Thanking her partner Aric, and crediting their partnership for their success Emma was emotionally ecstatic over the win.
Kicking off the show John Paul Young led the cast in an opening number of his classic ‘Love Is In The Air’ which saw the entire Dancing with the Stars cast return to the dancefloor.
It was then straight into business as the top three finalists tackled thejudges pick, a number they wish to see the star dance againin a last bid to score points. After the scores were tallied it was Ash Pollard who was named second -runner up, she thanked the audience with a empowering dance to Beyonce’s ‘Run The World.’
Emma Freedman and Matthew Mitcham then performed their freestyle numbers, with both scoring perfect 10’s from the judges, but after an almost perfect track record all season it was Emma Freedman who triumphed with her dance partner Aric and was named the winner.
The win is a great way for Freedman to finish off 2015. The young star whom has always been hugely popular with viewers was dumped by the Nine Network at the beginning of 2015 due to budget cuts. It now appears likely there could be a new tv role for her around the corner with both Seven and Ten expressing interest.