Provisional amounts have shown that $274,904.87 was raised for charity this year during TV ONE’s hit series Dancing With The Stars.
Dancing With The Stars winner Suzanne Paul’s chosen charity, the Starship Foundation, will receive $142,879.65. The 2007 series runner-up Megan Alatini’s charity, Youthline, will receive $43,888.46 and semi-finalist Brendon Pongia’s charity, Cure Kids, will receive $46,621.84.
Greer Robson’s charity, Parents Inc., will receive $19,416.97; Paul Holmes’ Paralympics New Zealand $12,080.34; Frank Bunce’s Manukau Community Foundation $5,668.94; Michael Laws’ Cancer Society of New Zealand $3,346.32; and April Ieremia’s Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand $1,002.35.
The money was collected through the public-vote mechanism in Dancing With The Stars. After telecommunications and service provider charges were taken out of the cost of voting, the remaining money went to the contestants’ nominated charities. TVNZ did not retain any money from the viewers’ votes.*
Jane Wilson, TVNZ General Manager of Programming, says for the third year running, close to one million viewers watched the series final.
“Once again, New Zealand viewers embraced the glitz and the glamour of Dancing With The Stars. We’d like to thank everyone who voted, and everyone who took part in the show.
“The celebrities and their dancers gave their time, their energy and their enthusiasm, and the series wouldn’t be the overwhelming success it is without their incredible commitment.”
Dancing With The Stars’ audience share (All People +5) this year was up on the previous two years. An average of 51.3 per cent of the available audience watched each episode of the 2007 series, up from 46.4 per cent in 2006, and 43.5 per cent in 2005. This year, 56.4 per cent of the available audience watched the series final, up from 52.7 per cent in 2006, and 54.9 per cent in 2005. Dancing With The Stars has now raised more than $1 million for New Zealand charities.
Dancing with the Stars is a BBC Worldwide format.
* The text and phone votes are tallied up by an independent service aggregator company, not TVNZ or the series producers. The voting system is based on the international format for Dancing With The Stars, and combines 50 per cent of the judges’ vote and 50 per cent of the public’s vote to give the final result.