Every now and then, there's a reality TV show which is a breakout star in its genre: think X Factor for the singing talent shows, Survivor for the survival-style category, My Kitchen Rules for the cooking competitions. Dancing with the Stars is that show amongst the many dancing competition programmes which have graced the screens of Australia over the past years.
Princess Cruises recently announced that they are joining the ballroom revolution as a sponsor of the fifteenth DWTS season. This Logie award-winning series is clearly a favourite down under, having done the distance from 2004 to today with fourteen seasons and number fifteen about to start. Evidently, there's nothing better than seeing your favourite personalities making a slight fool out of themselves on the dancefloor - and who doesn't love a good foxtrot? Previous winners have included soap actresses Bec Cartwright and Ada Nicodemou, beloved chef Manu Fieldel, country musician Adam Brand, illusionist Cosentino, and former motor racing driver Grant Denyer.
Ballroom dancing and cruise ships go together like vegemite and toast, so what better sponsor for the new season of DWTS? One celebrity couple will take their dancing feet onboard the Dawn Princess to film a rehearsal, the first time a Dancing with the Stars episode will have been filmed on an oceangoing dance floor. It's not the first time Princess Cruises has welcomed TV cameras though, as the line's ships served as a filming location for the beloved Love Boat series which ran from 1977 until 1987.
Princess Cruises Vice President for Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison, said of the partnership, "No doubt the backdrop of Dawn Princess will provide a memorable episode for the viewing public and a unique experience for the dancers. Just like the show, we pride ourselves on providing first rate entertainment and we can't wait to see what excitement season 15 delivers."
Who might be the lucky dancing star to get onboard the Dawn Princess? We don't know; it could be any one of the eleven celebrities and athletes currently confirmed for the show. They are:
- Ash Pollard, MKR contestant
- Emma Freedman, radio and television presenter
- John Paul Young, pop singer
- Jude Bolton, Retired AFL player
- Kelly Cartwright, paralympic runner
- Larry Edmur, The Morning Show presenter
- Lynette Bolton, TV presenter
- Mat Rogers, retired NRL player
- Matthew Mitcham, Olympic diver
- Samantha Harris, international model
- Tim Robards, The Bachelor star
Ballrooms at sea
Since the early days of passenger ships travelling the globe, ballrooms have been a feature on ships carrying tourists and emigrants. As the great ocean liners died out with the advent of air travel, cruise ships became popular and the torch was passed.
Modern cruisers can find a place to dance on almost any ship. Some lines, however, take the tradition more seriously. Those looking for an elegant night out should consider a cruise on any Cunard ship, as the line is known for its dancing programmes. The Queen Mary 2 tops the list with her two-storey Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea.
P&O UK is another line for dance fans, offering Strictly Come Dancing-themed cruises. Not only can you get out on the floor yourself but there's also the opportunity to watch the experts do their thing, and even take part in a competition judged by the ship's captain.
Premium and luxury lines Celebrity and Crystal are also favourites for ballroom fun, and the latter will even provide carefully screened gentlemen dance hosts for ladies cruising solo should they wish to take to the floor.
Are you a keen dancer, or does it take a few glasses of wine to get you up and moving? We'd love to hear your cruise ship ballroom tales!