Actor Luke Jacobz has won the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, defeating boxer Danny Green.
The Home and Away star landed a perfect score as did footballer Paul Licuria, who was the first to be eliminated from an all male 3-way battle. Licuria also did a “Tom Williams” and danced shirtless, in an exhibition (or exhibitionist?) dance, despite the fact he had been cut from the title earlier.
Violinist Andre Rieu also appeared. With shirt intact.
The eighth series has been the lowest rating ever for Seven, with a new host and a tough new night on Sundays.
Luke Jacobz is the eighth champion of Dancing With The Stars, with a knockout perfect last dance wrestling the glitter ball from boxer Danny Green’s fingertips.
Luke, dancing for the Wesley Mission, commanded a standing ovation for his freestyle dance routine with partner Luda Kroitor and walked away with perfect scores from all three judges – Todd McKenney, Helen Richey and Mark Wilson – and the coveted trophy.
It was Luke and Luda’s first perfect score – and only the third of the competition – in a series that the judges found the toughest and closest ever.
The overwhelmed Home and Away star said: “Luda has been in three finals during her time on Dancing with the Stars, and now she’s won one. It’s awesome!
“The Wesley Mission do great things around the country and have been doing so for years, so it’s great to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
Dancing in green, Danny came close as runner-up with his charity SIDS Australia benefiting from his time on the dance floor.
For the first time in Australian Dancing With the Stars history, three couples contested the final with a cha cha cha face-off deciding the final two. Despite a perfect score for his first dance of the finale, and his second of the competition, Paul Licuria was the first to be eliminated.
All 10 dancing partnerships returned to the dance floor for performances of their favourite routines: Brooke Hanson and John Paul Collins dancing the tango; James Tobin and Jade Hatcher dancing the jive; Cal Wilson and Craig Monley dancing the quickstep; Red Symons and Ana Andre dancing with Argentine tango; Jodi Gordon and Stefano Oliveri dancing the rumba; Toni Pearen and Henry Byalikov dancing the cha cha; and Charli Delaney and Csaba Szirmai dancing the rumba.
Week 10 scorecard:
Luke Jacobz and Luda Kroitor – 85 (29 for waltz, 26 for cha cha, 30 for freestyle)
Danny Green and Natalie Lowe – 71 (23 for tango, 22 for cha cha, 26 for freestyle)
Paul Licuria and Eliza Campagna – 54 (30 for quickstep and 24 for cha cha)
Dancing with the Stars, hosted by Daniel MacPherson and Sonia Kruger, is a hit BBC format now in more than 30 countries. It is produced by Freehand Productions for the Seven Network and BBC Worldwide.