CHARITY Alzheimers New Zealand
Many different reasons – and so many of my friends asked me! One day, I just said, “Okay. Let’s go for it.” You’re hanging out with your friends, you’re doing something new, why not challenge yourself?
Maybe at the start, where you have to be confident, and the end, with that final look. I’ve got those two moments and nothing else!
Oh, totally. I’m a control freak. Kristie seems to think I’m doing okay. I look at her and think, “Are you just pulling my leg?” I was on Top Model and would say, “You’re doing great!” when people were a train wreck!
Very much so because of my grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s. Hopefully, she’s smiling down at me. I love that it’ll really help awareness for all the charities.
CHARITY Child Cancer Foundation
Yeah, I’m loving it. I quite like this bow tie and love the pants. I might buy these! This is a big departure from boxing!
Yeah, it’s a big change. My wife bullied me into doing it! Nah, she just said it would be good. Since I retired from boxing, I’ve been on the lookout for some challenge. It’s gloves off on the dance floor for me! I have no idea what I’m doing.
She’s amazing and very patient.
I’ve done a bit for Child Cancer in the past – I did a bike trip from Auckland to Wellington. We met a lot of the kids that were suffering, and man, when you’re having a bad day, you just think about those kids and the families that are going through that.
Nope. The last time I danced was at my wedding, and it was a little twirl here and a little twirl there. I’m a country boy at heart and the closest we get to dancing, apart from maybe moving your arms around a little bit, is walking to the bar to get the next drink!
CHARITY The Salvation Army
My wife laments the fact that whenever she asks me to dance, I decline. This is really to honour Jodi, so that one day soon I can sweep her up in my arms and tango!
I think “What is the worst that can happen?” and remember that no-one has ever actually died from embarrassment.
I thought my zip had broken on my tango top only to realise that there is no zip beyond my navel.
The spray tan nearly killed me. When the first question is, “Would you like a paper G-string?” and the second one is, “Could you open your legs? We don’t want an unsightly tan line”, you know you are in for an adventure!
CHARITY St John
Well, I have danced for money. Men of Steel for six years.
I know I’ll be bringing some of that to DWTS.
I’ll probably need them at some point! Broken hip, broken head! Especially when I attempt to do the splits.
I’ve thought it would be really cool to learn how to dance, for years. Genuinely. It’s one of those things you never get around to doing. I just decided, “Yup. I’m gonna learn how to dance.” It just seemed like the perfect opportunity. And there will be nowhere to hide. Mesh doesn’t hide much!
I’ve been naked on stage. Once you’ve gone full nude, there’s only one path that goes from there where things could get worse – and this isn’t that path!
CHARITY Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
I wanted to get outside my comfort zone – I haven’t done that much before and this is about as far out of it as I can get! It’s good to get some new skills.
I love them! Well, not the sequins – it’s fair to say some of the outfits aren’t my cup of tea. But you go with the flow. If you‘re going to get outside your comfort zone, you may as well go in deep. Surfing Lycra is a lot thicker!
I’ve got a lot of spare time! Also my girlfriend lives up here in Auckland so she’s happy I’m here instead of home in Gisborne.
She’s 100% supportive. I asked her initially and she was the one that told me to do it! She’s been really good about it.