Singer Adam Brand has won this year’s Dancing with the Stars title with his dance partner Jade Hatcher.
Brand defeated Today Tonight’s Matt White who scored three perfect tens from judges for his final freestyle routine with dancer Ash-Leigh Hunter. Brand’s chosen charity was The Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.
Brand said, “At the start of this competition I said it ‘doesn’t matter what they do. They can put me in high heels and aballerina dress for all I care.’ The reason we said yes and wanted to do this was the money for charity.
“We lost my little nephew a couple of years ago. Every step, evey awkward move that I’ve done here, doesn’t matter. He’s up there watching .. This is for little Harry, this is for my little nephew.”
Brand finished with 66 points from the judges, well behind White’s 84, meaning the audience vote from last week pushed him over the line.
The third finalist, The Morning Show‘s Kylie Gillies, was eliminated earlier in the evening.
Brand’s win marks the fourth time a non-Seven personality has won the competition.
This series was distinguished by the inclusion of blind paralympian Gerrard Gosens, who received several criticial comments from judges who sought not to favour his disadvantage. It was a delicate balancing act for all concerned. In the Grand Final, Gosens danced a tricky waltz with his wife, emotionally introduced as “a belated Bridal Waltz” which ended in a minor tumble.
It also featured Packed To The Rafters‘ Hugh Sheridan performing his single Just Can’t Throw Us Away and the cast from The Jersey Boys.
The ninth series, hosted by Daniel McPherson and Sonia Kruger, has performed well for Seven, against tough competition.
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