Sonia Kruger co-hosted Dancing With The Stars Australia since the very beginning; from the first season in 2004 right through to the most recent eleventh season in 2011. In 2012, she will not be returning.
As this hostess, who has gained mixed criticism for her role on the show, moves on to host the Nine Network’s reboot of Big Brother, a massive void has been created that needs to be filled.
As much as I didn’t personally like her; her departure presents the same problem to Dancing with the Stars as Mike Goldman does to Big Brother- she is a common factor throughout the entire franchise. Daryl Somers was just this before he quit in 2007 but with Sonia staying on, there was at least one other familiar face staying on to pass the torch.
Helen Richie and Todd McKenney are also stalwarts, but their profiles on the show are not nearly as big as Krugers was, despite any controversies surrounding the judging table.
But needless to say; this show has survived many high profile exits. Those of Daryl Somers, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson did little to dent the show (well, Daryl’s exit was certainly poison for the show’s eighth season) and I have little doubt that with the talent Seven has, there is any immediate threat to the show as a result to her departure.
But who would be best?
Names thrown forward already include X Factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Model Rachel Finch is also being considered.
Out of these two, Natalie seems like the more perfect decision. She has proven herself as a formidable host and on a dance show as well; hosting all three seasons of TEN’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia from 2008- 2010.
But adding Rachel Finch will ensure that Seven isn’t saturating their talent in any way. Having Natalie on X Factor as well as Dancing will mean she will be on a Seven talent show for more than half the year. Home and Away stars may get away with over exposure, but Kyle Sandiland’s stints on both Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor drew some criticism which may be heightened for Natalie.
Rachel Finch however may be Seven’s perfect counter attack to Nine’s decision to appoint model Jesinta Campbell as a personality. But can she host? Hmm…
There are also other options. Why not utilise Zoe Ventura? Her and Dan presenting together may give Wild Boys fans a bit of salvage. Plus it isn’t as if she’s doing anything abroad?
Esther Anderson is another option. Either she is leaving Home and Away or she has considered it, if rumours are to be believed. Either way, she may be looking for a bit more work before trying her luck overseas. This would be a perfect opportunity for her to improve her resume.
Or how about Jackie O?…Nobody, no, not a good idea? OK.
Who do you think should co-host this show? Should Seven pull a Nine and steal a personality elsewhere?