It was sequins, spray tans and drama galore as this season’s revamped Dancing With The Stars kicked off on Monday night.
Hosted by Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, the celebrity dance show has had a make-over; with a brand, spanking new set and new judge Craig Revel Horwood – who’s acerbic put downs have already caused controversy.
Bearing the brunt of Horwood’s put downs was Cassandra Thorburn, ended up at the bottom of the scoreboard alongside cricketer Curtly Ambrose, with both of them only scoring 10 out of 30.
The ex-wife of Karl Stefanovic told viewers in her introduction that she wanted to show people she was more than just a “human headline after a public breakup”.
“I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt happy,” Thorburn said after performing the Venus waltz with partner Marco De Angelis.
However, her dancing skills didn’t impress Horwood – who is also a judge on the UK version of the show.
“Well, it was all going well until the skirt was ripped off and you started to dance,” he said.
“Then quite frankly, it was a failure.”
And Horwood didn’t stop there, as he also launched into a scathing attack on Living Room’s Miguel Maestre
“You look like you just came out of a double hip replacement,” while also likening Michelle Bridges to someone dancing with “two wooden legs.”
As for lifesaver and model, Jett Kelly, he likened him to a Ken doll.
“I thought a Ken doll would have danced with more fluidity to be honest … thank God you’re easy on the eye,” he said, before awarding him a measly two points.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom.
Denise Scott left fans pleasantly surprised with her routine.
While Samuel Johnson's tango was dubbed the best dance of the evening…
Until Courtney Act came out and was awarded an impressive 23 points for her performance.