Tristan MacManus to co-host Studio 10
Dancing with the Stars judge tangos to morning TV for 10.
Dancer Tristan MacManus has been confirmed as co-host of Studio 10, to join Sarah Harris from Monday September 14.
The Dancing with the Stars judge will helm what appears to be a dual host presentation, following cutbacks at the network.
Angela Bishop will cover entertainment news and Narelda Jacobs will be news presenter. Denise Drysdale, Jono Coleman and Craig Bennett will stay on as contributors.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling will both depart this coming Friday, while 10 is still
in discussions with Joe Hildebrand about network roles.
“I’ve always had aspirations to be a host of some sort,” said MacManus.
“Although people know me as a dancer, I think my mouth usually works better than my feet do,” he said. “This opportunity came out of the blue and I’m really excited to be working with Sarah and learning from her.”
Tamara Simoneau, Executive Producer, said: “When searching for the right co-host to join Sarah at the helm of Studio 10 we wanted to think outside the box and choose someone who would help bring plenty of extra sunshine to morning TV at a time when it’s needed most. He’s charming, funny and fresh with a cheeky Irish side that he’s ready to share with Australia. He might even turn our studio into a dancefloor from time to time and we’re completely ok with that!”
Ross Dagan, Network Director Of News Content, said: “Tristan has performed all over the world for millions of fans and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars, so we know he can handle four hours of live TV every day. You’ll still get the very latest news, information and entertainment, but in a way that reflects our rapidly changing lives. We all want to know what’s going on in the world, but we also need to escape it from time to time. The outstanding Studio 10 team will strive to strike that balance each and every hour.”
But the show also trails The Morning Show and Today Extra in the battle of morning television. The marathon Studio 10 is handicapped by having no strong lead-in, such as Sunrise or Today, following 10’s short-lived Wake-Up experiment.
10 is yet to confirm a third season of Dancing with the Stars.