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Daryl Somers quits Dancing

Daryl Somers has quit Dancing with the Stars.

“I’ve had a fabulous time on Dancing with the Stars but I’m ready for a new direction” Daryl said.

“To be honest, I have felt somewhat restricted by the tightly structured format and feel if I don’t move on now I’ll regret it. If the Network do another season, and I think they should, I hope they hit the refresh button. It’s been a great franchise or Seven and deserves to be taken to a whole new level. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the very professional teams at Granada and Seven and have forged some wonderful friendships along the way”.

The series finale this week was the lowest recorded at 1.68m. Despite ending the show with a “we may see you next year” farewell, Somers is cleverly quitting while the show still has some currency. Not being signed to Dancing gives Somers the freedom to pursue other formats and, indeed, other networks.

Will he try to resume Hey Hey with the Nine Network now? He has previously stated that everybody keeps asking him to revive the show.

Press Release:
In a joint statement today David Leckie, CEO of Channel 7, and Tom Maclean, CEO of Somers Carroll Productions, announced that Daryl Somers has decided not to sign for another series of Dancing with the Stars.

After seven hugely successful seasons of the show he wishes to move on.

“I’ve had a fabulous time on Dancing with the Stars but I’m ready for a new direction” Daryl said.

“To be honest, I have felt somewhat restricted by the tightly structured format and feel if I don’t move on now I’ll regret it. If the Network do another season, and I think they should, I hope they hit the refresh button. It’s been a great franchise or Seven and deserves to be taken to a whole new level. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the very professional teams at Granada and Seven and have forged some wonderful friendships along the way”.

CEO of Channel Seven, David Leckie, added: “Daryl has done a great job on Dancing WithThe Stars for the network but we understand his reasons for moving on and wish him well for the future”.

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12 Responses

  1. If there’s a show similar to Hey Hey in the works then good on them because Rove Live is insufferable -sooooo middle of the road, formulaic, dull as dishwater and a big Rove suck up session. It desperately needs competition to force them to lift their game cos I think it IS there, just latent.

    What Roving Enterprises has achieved within the industry is impressive, creating plenty of work for many and developing careers and fabulous support to many people but it doesn’t quite cut it, it’s just not brilliant – what you see when you look back on Kennedy/Newton, Lane/Newton days is natural ad hoc brilliance around very scripted and rehearsed work.

    What you see with Rove Live is very scripted and rehearsed safe material and too many people on the couch.

    I like him, I was excited for him and his team when they scored Nine, was even more excited when they got to Ten – Fantastic, I thought, new energy, new zest, new fun on telly but as polished and professional as it’s become it’s an ‘only-worth-watching-to-check-out-a-celeb’ show.

    Too much pre-taped stuff, not enough let’s see what happens. Helliar I’m sure has it in him to produce great stuff, look at Before the game – great focused stuff – and Rove too – Corrinne had that unpredictable edge when she was game for anything. They’ve tried to squeeze in live music but obviously just.

    There’s a desperate need for a show that offers spots to showcase entertainment – comedy, music, film, TV, stand up, sideshow, anything that shows more respect to music, not just squeezing them in to close the show with the credits that squish them into half a screen – not comedy that hits its mark only sometimes – Look at Rockwiz – great formula, well scripted and researched but they live with the risk of sometimes it’ll work gangbusters and sometimes it won’t be as good – I suppose it gets away with that raw/rough feel but it does it very well. Spicks and Specks – fabulous, flawless, hope they have many years to come.

    Mick Molloy tried but it was just all too much about him – he is comic genius but it all came across like Uni Revue playground humour.

    More variety television please and yes if it’s similar to Hey Hey with a new century edge then tap into Daryl’s experience, it doesn’t have to be Japanese game show shock tactics but at least if you have the money to pay the country’s top writers, top producers and top creatives (I hate that term) then seek them out and use them, be cutting edge, Daryl’s not my choice of TV host but to tap into what and why he thinked things worked is priceless and to try and adapt that to our now demographic and work on it is not silly at all.

  2. I’m definitely for Sonia, If the series 8 does happen, I’m hoping it will be her.
    As far as Daryl is concerned I wish he would retire and not carry on like some other radio personality.

  3. Leo if you are suggesting Sonia hosts the show, she would be my choice too. Grant can’t do ITT, AGT and DWTS. Let’s hope it’s not AOK. Larry? Riiiight.

    I expect Todd McKenney will put his hand up as he’s been keen for a hosting gig for ages. But he and Sonia are now committed to Sydney radio, making life harder.

    I wonder if Gretel wants to do more reality?

  4. So who should host Dancing now?
    Grant Denyar? NO – too short up against Sonia!
    Tim Campbell? Could be in the running?
    Larry Emdar? He done a good job hosting It Takes Two while Grant was away.
    Carson? Who can forget when he “popped” in a few weeks ago & stole the show. Between him & Sonia the show will be a hoot, both have quick wit, are fun & clearly have a great connection.
    MAYBE the can BOTH do the green room & a new host to replace Darryl?

  5. As I pick myself up off the floor laughing… Do you honestly think Daryl would bring back Hey Hey with out a major overhaul thats why he has been the success he is… Who said he would front the new show anyways!!!! Comparing Howard to Somers… both very successful people… why do we Australian always have to compare apples with oranges… gesh

  6. Poor old Daryl just doesn’t seem to realise the public who love the show do so in spite of him not because of him. His hammy, stumbling “shtick” is so past its use by date I can’t believe he thinks there’s an audience hanging out for “Hey Hey”‘s return. Reminds me of a certain PM who was once liked but just didn’t know when to go out gracefully. Who said Ego wasn’t a dirty word?

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