- Publish Date
- Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:57PM
After three long years, Dancing with the Stars NZ will hit screens later this month and now the nine familiar faces chosen to have their turn at competing for the mirror ball trophy have been revealed!
Recognised by many as 'Brown Buttabean', these days retired professional boxer David Letele is known for his motivational speaking and work to combat obesity among Māori and Pacific people, providing education to enable them to choose a healthy and active lifestyle.
He's set to dance with the award-winning belle of the ballroom, Kristie Williams.
Meanwhile, Kristie's husband, show veteran Jonny Williams is paired this season with award-winning comedian Eli Matthewson.
Same-sex couplings have happened in Europe on the franchise and in Australia in 2019, but will mark the first time for DWTS NZ.
A second award-winning comedian, Rhys Mathewson, is paired with dancer Phoebe Robb.
He has a trick or two up his sleeve, admitting he was a tap dancer in his younger years and says he likes old-school showbiz.
Next up is the reality-dating-show addition of 28-year-old Alex Vaz of Heartbreak Island and The Bachelorette fame.
Vaz, who is partnered with Brittany Coleman, says he has never danced before and has a storm of emotions about hitting the floor.
Former Olympian Eric Murray, 39, may have found his golden dancing partner in Loryn Reynolds, like the golden rowing partnership he had with Hamish Bond.
The former Miss Universe finalist won the 2019 series with league star Manu Vatuvei.
This season's female cast looks set to sparkle, with Lotto presenter Sonia Gray taking to the dancefloor.
Gray has DWTS legend Aaron Gilmore as her partner, to teach her the moves. Gilmore has had two memorable wins on DWTS, with Lorraine Downes and Samantha Hayes.
Newstalk ZB's Kerre Woodham makes a cute couple with Jared Neame, whom she describes as the most handsome dancer on the show as well as beautiful and kind.
While Woodham has shown her stamina in the past by taking on marathons, she says she is terrified.
Broadcaster Brodie Kane will be another to watch, with partner Enrique Jones.
She cites her time in the army, and work with Surf Life Saving NZ as giving her the necessary fitness.
Last but not least is mental health advocate Jazz Thornton, who says she is not afraid of putting in the hard yards and says developing more flexibility will be her biggest challenge.
She loves that partner Brad Coleman has a background in Latin dance and is pleased he is as determined as her.
We can't wait to watch them all hit the dancefloor!
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