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Seven finally confirms axing of Dancing with the Stars

NewsKevin Perry

Daniel MacPherson and Edwina Bartholomew
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Its long been suspected but Seven has tonight confirmed the axing of its once dominant reality ratings juggernaut Dancing with the Stars.

A spokesperson for Seven confirmed the decision today telling Fairfax Media:

"We have loved it forever, it has been a terrific show to work on, everyone who has come near it forms an attachment,"
"Last season the ratings didn't get to the numbers it should have got to so it's a heart-breaking decision, a very hard decision, but it won't be returning."

Seven was clearly keen to get the negative news out of the way before its 2017 Programming Launch event this week.

Dancing with the Stars premiered in Australia in 2004 with original hosts Daryl Somers and Sonia Krueger. Over the years Daniel MacPherson, Shane Bourne and Edwina Bartholomew also presented the program.

In the early year’s ratings were huge, however as the standard of celebrity contestant decreased, so did the audience. The 2015 Grand Finale attracted a dismal audience of 800,000.

Dancing with the Stars was produced in Australia by Fremantle Media for Seven. Originally based on a British format, the show still attracts huge ratings in the US. It will be interesting to see if any other Australian Network takes the option to revive the format in future years.