The celebrities stepping out of their comfort zone on Dancing with the Stars

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“When we started formulating the cast at one stage, the overarching vibe was ‘I can’t believe that person’s doing Dancing.'”

The self-discovery for each celebrity that appears on Dancing with the Stars is different every year, which means the discovery for the audience is different every year, according to Seven’s head of entertainment, Majella Hay.

Premiering on Sunday, 7 July on Seven and 7Plus, season 21 of Dancing with the Stars will see 12 new celebrities prepare to showcase their moves on the dancefloor.

Hay told Mediaweek that the cast for this year’s season is too good to be true.

“There are some fantastic names in there,” she said. 

“When we started formulating the cast at one stage, the overarching vibe was ‘I can’t believe that person’s doing Dancing.

“For this milestone season to have a cast that is so strong, and so unexpected is fantastic. We are incredibly excited by it.”

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This season, Sonia Kruger is joined by new co-host, Dr Chris Brown, as a fresh lineup of stars step onto the stage, giving their all to support their chosen charities.

Following weeks of rehearsals, they’ll face the eyes of judges Craig Revel Horwood, Helen Richey, Sharna Burgess, and Mark Wilson, as they strive for dancefloor supremacy. 

Some stars set to appear include AFL star Ben Cousins, chef Julie Goodwin, Samantha Jade, Nikki Osborne and – in a shock to many, including Hay – SAS Australia chief instructor, Ant Middleton. 

“I think if you did a list of people that you thought would do dancing at some point, I don’t think you’d ever have Ant on that list,” she said.

“He’s an incredible surprise package, however, it’s no surprise for people who know that he throws his all into what he does, and dancing was no exception.

“I also had some tricky conversations with Ben Cousins, trying to convince him that Dancing would be great for him. Once he got the dancing bug, he loved it.”

Other stars set to hit the floor include Adam Dovile, Hayden Quinn, James Stewart, Lisa McCune, Nadia Bartel, Nikki Osborne, Nova Peris and Shane Crawford.

Dancing With The Stars is produced by BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand from a format created by the BBC and distributed by BBC Studios.

The new season premieres Sunday, 7 July on Seven and 7Plus.

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