The first contestants of 'Dancing With The Stars' NZ announced

DWTS 15/02/2018

Real Housewives of Auckland star Gilda Kirkpatrick and ACT Party leader David Seymour are the first contestants to be announced for Dancing With The Stars, set to launch later in the year.

The competitive dancing show will be hosted by Edge afternoons host Sharyn Casey and face of Family Feud, Dai Henwood.

Social media queen Kirkpatrick says she's excited to get out of her comfort zone and add some ballroom dancing shoes to her extensive footwear collection.

"It seems like a great opportunity to learn how to dance from professionals - plus it's a great stage on which charities can benefit," she says.

"I've never had any sort of dance instruction, so it's going to be a completely new experience for me."

Meanwhile, Seymour says he's looking forward to adding dancing to his skillset, admitting that neither of his career paths exactly lend themselves to becoming a dance professional overnight.

"Let's be honest, I'm half politician and half electrical engineer. It couldn't be worse if I was bred to not dance," he says.

"Turns out there is a 'beat' in music and that there are 'steps' you have to learn before you dance. I am terrified.

"On the other hand, there's nothing like overcoming a fear and the charity I'm supporting is very dear to my heart. So, to borrow someone else's line, let's do this!"

The contestants were announced at a customer and media event held in Auckland on Thursday afternoon, where MediaWorks has also announced a new season of Married At First Sight NZ will return this year.

Twelve new Kiwis will walk down the aisle in the hopes of finding their soulmate. A call will shortly be made for participants.

Three staples including local shows The Block NZFamily FeudJono & Ben, Grand Designs NZ and Westside will all also return to screens.

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