In this excerpt from the 2018 final of the high-rating reality franchise Dancing with the Stars, cool and collected TV3 newsreader Samantha Hayes and partner Aaron Gilmore channel feuding lovers in their 'contemporary' routine for the judges consideration. Dancing to Maroon 5's 'Stay', Hayes and Gilmore mix romantic moments with impressive lifts and dips and multiple cartwheels. During rehearsals Hayes turned to her friend, actor Madeleine Sami, to help access the emotion she felt her dancing lacked — and it worked. Hayes and Gilmore beat out the other finalists to secure the 2018 trophy.
Meanwhile, the country may well find it is suffering a national sequin shortage after the night's opening number saw the original cast return, dancing to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic while wearing a shimmering array of gold, sequinned costumes.– Excerpt from The NZ Herald's review of the 2018 Dancing With The Stars Grand Final, 1 July 2018