Seven has announced its cast for the 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars.
The line-up includes several Seven celebrities including George Houvardas (Packed to the Rafters), Esther Anderson (Home and Away), Rob Palmer (Better Homes & Gardens), plus Jo Beth Taylor, former AFL player
David Wirrpanda, Miss Universe entrant Rachael Finch, former rugby league player Jason Stevens, actor
Blair McDonough, country music performer Melinda Schneider, photographer Alex Fevola (wife of AFL player Brendan Fevola) and pop singer Tamara Jaber -wife of Australia’s Got Talent judge Kyle Sandilands.
Returning to the show are Daniel MacPherson, Sonia Kruger and judges Todd McKenney, Helen Richey and Mark Wilson.
The tenth season airs on Seven later this year.
Biographies are as follows:
Alex Fevola – dancing with Arsen Kishishian
Alex has built a reputation as a respected celebrity photographer. A self taught photographer, Alex published her first coffee table book ‘Snapshot – A Portrait of Success’ in July 2009. With many strings to her bow – mother, model, makeup artist, actor, racing stable track rider and strapper – as well as wife of AFL legend Brendan Fevola, Alex may add champion dancer to her long list of accomplishments.
Tamara Jaber – dancing with Carmelo Pizzino
Tamara is an ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter, with a performing career spanning over 20 years. At 18 she was a member of pop group Scandal’us, later pursuing a solo career (and scoring a top 20 single). These days Tamara is focusing all her attention on the brand new project for her and Reigan Derry, the duo Scarlett Belle.
George Houvardas – dancing with Luda Kroitor
Best known for his role as Nick “Carbo” Karandonis in the hit TV series Packed to the Rafters, George, scored the role soon after graduating from Screenwise. Although acting was something he always wanted to do George began a building diploma on finishing school. However, he never recovered from the acting bug and pursued his dream.
Jo Beth Taylor – dancing with Dannial Gosper
Beginning her singing career at the tender age of five, Jo Beth Taylor began performing professionally at the age of 13. In the early 1990s she began a successful music and television career. At just 22 years of age, Jo Beth hosted three weekly tv shows making her the youngest person to ever host a prime-time show on Australian television.
David Wirrpanda – dancing with Liza Van Pelt
David is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles between 1996 and 2009. In 2007 and again in 2008, he was named the 9th most influential Aboriginal Australian by the Bulletin Magazine. In 2009 he was awarded the Young Western Australian of the Year Award.
Rachael Finch – dancing with Michael Miziner
The stunningly beautiful Rachael was crowned Miss Universe Australia in April 2009 going on to represent Australia at the Miss Universe 2009 pageant. A successful modeling career has seen her travel the world representing Louis Vuitton and Chanel to name just a few.
Esther Anderson – dancing with Brendon Midson
Her popularity as policewoman Charlie Buckton on Channel Seven’s longest running drama series Home and Away earned Esther a Gold Logie nomination this year. Prior to joining the series, Esther was a successful international model. In 2009 she won Cosmo Woman of The Year.
Jason Stevens – dancing with Linda De Nicola
Former Australian professional rugby league footballer Jason retired from playing in 2005. Since then he has had worked steadily in the TV industry and he currently appears regularly on Channel Seven’s The Matty Johns Show as a panelist. Jason is also an author and motivational speaker.
Rob Palmer – dancing with Alana Patience
Since 2001 Rob has been the DIY and trade tips presenter on Channel Seven’s number one lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens. A qualified carpenter Rob provides viewers with his expertise and extensive knowledge for their own DIY projects at home.
Blair McDonough – dancing with Jessica Raffa
With his big smile, good looks and charismatic personality Blair became a household name in 2001 when he appeared on the very first Big Brother. Since then he has forged a successful career as an actor on TV and the West End.
Melinda Schneider – dancing with Serghei Bolgarschii
Melinda is a leading light of the ‘new-breed’ of Australian Country singing artists. Making her stage debut at the age of three, she recorded her first song at eight. Melinda has won numerous awards including; six CMAA Golden Guitars, five MO Awards for Female Country Performer, seven ACE Awards – six for Female Country Performer and Performer of the Year in 2006.