Shepparton star out to shine

By Tara Whitsed

Jeremy Garner said it was an incredibly nervous wait for Denise Scott ahead of their first Dancing with the Stars performance on Monday night.

The Shepparton dancer took to the stage with the comedian for the Viennese waltz and Mr Garner said Ms Scott was surprisingly pale before their dance.

‘‘She’s never been that way, she’s always good with crowds — but once she was in costume she started to get sweaty palms,’’ he said.

‘‘We got the first one out of the way.’’

Coupling up with the oldest competitor this year, Mr Garner said there were a few issues with the dance number but they smoothed things out nicely.

‘‘I’m really proud of her; she is battling a lot of things,’’ he said, noting Ms Scott suffers from arthritis.

‘‘So far I think everyone has been shocked that she’s a lot better than she thought.

‘‘We want to see how much we can improve.’’

Mr Garner was very complimentary on all of the couples’ dances throughout the evening.

‘‘People see the celebrities and think they can do anything — but they’re the same as everyone else,’’ he said.

He said it was incredibly difficult for the contestants to pick up ballroom dancing as quickly as they have.

Mr Garner encouraged everyone to vote for Ms Scott by sending the text message ‘DENISE’ to 19951010 or voting online via

Amanda Garner's thoughts:

Watching the first episode of Dancing With The Stars made me realise how much I missed this show.

I know first-hand how difficult it is to take an absolute beginner and transform them into a ballroom dancer overnight.

The professional dancers are tasked with designing exciting and appropriate choreography tailored to the individual celebrity. The celebrities have it tough too as they are expected to perform with experienced professionals and somehow look comparable as a couple with one week of training between styles.

All couples gave a great performance this week — and let’s not forget, the celebrities are beginners.

The top-scoring couple was Courtney Act and Josh, and I do agree with the judges.

Courtney had mounds of confidence dancing the Jive and knows how to entertain.

The weakest celebrity for me was former cricket star Curtly Ambrose dancing the Viennese waltz. Curtly had trouble keeping up with the fast footwork and struggled with posture although it was hard not to like his smile and his heart-filled performance.

My pick of the week was Olympia Valance and Jarred who danced a powerful tango.

The judges didn’t give Olympia the most positive feedback but she did have a strong frame and great foot timing.

Looking forward to next week’s show.

Each week Amanda will share her thoughts on Dancing with the Stars while we follow her brother Jeremy Garner’s journey.