In the first season of New Zealand's version of Dancing with the Stars, ex All Black Norm Hewitt was pitted against actor Shane Cortese in the 2005 final. The live ballroom dance TV One competition paired professional dancers with celebrities like Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt, politician Georgina Beyer, and model Nicky Watson. In this excerpt, Cortese and Nerida Lister win over the judges with their rumba routine. The pair went on to marry and have three children. Nearly a million people tuned in to watch the finale, which Hewitt and Carol-Ann Hickmore won.
I thought that was brilliant, that really oozed Shane, it was great. I think that we've accused you of not acting enough, acting too much, not enough basics, too much. You nailed that, everything was spot on. Brilliant.– Judge Donna Dawson on Shane Cortese's final dance