DWTS promises to be 'bigger, better and brighter'

Edwina Bartholomew and Daniel MacPherson host the 2013 series of Dancing With The Stars.
Edwina Bartholomew and Daniel MacPherson host the 2013 series of Dancing With The Stars. Contributed by Channel 7

DANCING With The Stars has been freshened up ahead of tonight's debut of the 13th series.

There's a new set, two new judges and a new co-host for Daniel MacPherson.

He promises a "bigger, better and brighter" look when the show debuts on Channel 7 tonight.

"It's been over 12 months since the last series and I think it's a good time for a freshen up," he told APN.

"There are some additions to the set and some more contemporary styles of dance.

"There's also more technology integrated (into the set). When you look at the international formats, particularly some of the US formats, the bar has just been raised of what people expect now from shows like Dancing. It's a bit more modern while still keeping with our classic ballroom dancing theme."

Sunrise weather presenter and rising Seven personality Edwina Bartholomew is the last piece of the 2013 DWTS puzzle. Her new role was announced just last week.

"Not only is she very adept at live TV, which is probably the most important thing, but she has great wit and sass and humour about her and that lends itself very well to Dancing," MacPherson said.

With the departures of his past two co-hosts, Sonia Kruger and Mel B, over recent years, MacPherson has been the consistent face of the show.      

"I'm used to just turning up and working with what's around me," he said.

While audiences know Kym Johnson from her time as a professional dance partner on the show, and her recent stint on The Celebrity Apprentice, MacPherson believes viewers will "fall in love" with former Tap Dog Andy Garcia.

"Seriously this guy is out nice-guying me," he laughed.

"He's the most genuinely lovely guy and he's also so incredibly talented. I think this show will serve as a bit of a rebirth for him in the Australian public eye.

"He has been so successful on stage and in TV and film in the US and UK, it's a no-brainer that Australians will fall in love with him all over again."

But MacPherson said the departure of colourful judge Josh Horner, who famously called Brynne Edelsten a "bedazzled potato sack", doesn't mean the DWTS judging will be dull.

"I live quite close to Kym and we socialise in the same group in LA," he said.

"I know Kym's got quite a personality and she won't be holding back in terms of comments. I'm not expecting it to be too dull from the judges, put it that way."

Spending most of the year LA, MacPherson has had to do his research on a few of this year's contestants, such as My Kitchen Rules star Sophia Pou.

"I'm very interested to see what audiences think of her, particularly when she hits the dance floor," he said.

"It sounds like I'll have my hands full with her."

The celebrity to beat this year might be Tina Arena.

"From what I hear Tina is not only very energetic but very competitive," he said.

"I think she'll come out of the blocks quite fast.

"But often to go well in this series you need to start out a little big average. You have to leave yourself somewhere to grow, so the audience can see you grow throughout the series. You can't be too good too quick."

Dancing With The Stars debuts on Channel 7 today at 7.30pm.

The 2013 DWTS cast

  • Tina Arena
  • Tony Barber
  • Jesinta Campbell
  • Cosentino
  • Rhiannon Fish
  • Steve Hooker
  • Sally Obermeder
  • Brendan Jones
  • Sophia Pou
  • Jordan Stenmark
  • Libby Trickett
  • Zac Stenmark

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