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New faces for Dancing with the Stars
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The outfits are being dusted down and the dance moves rehearsed for 2009's season of Dancing with the Stars.

The celebrities' dance partners are now confirmed with some familiar and fresh faces in the mix. Find out who the new couples are below!

The couples will start dance rehearsals in the coming weeks, in anticipation of the series starting on TV ONE in March.

Critiquing their ability will be judges Brendan Cole, Craig Revel-Horwood, Alison Leonard, and Paul Mercurio. The series will once again be hosted by Jason Gunn and Candy Lane.

     Tamati Coffey is partnered with with Samantha Hitchcock.

Tamati is best known as Breakfast's weather presenter - but he's also fronted What Now before swapping the show in 2007 for early mornings with Paul and Pippa. Tamati completed an honours degree in Political Studies at the University of Auckland before becoming a presenter on What Now. It was from the iconic kid's show that he joined the Breakfast team.TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Anthony Flannery says Tamati is one of the most exciting young personalities on New Zealand television.

      Lizzy Igasan will dance with current New Zealand champion Cody Stephens.

of course the captain of New Zealand's Black Sticks. Born in Whangarei in 1982, the 26 year old made her international debut for the Black Sticks in 2001 against South Korea. She's been named New Zealand Hockey player of the year 2 years running in 2004 and 2005

     Barbara Kendall is partnered with series three runner-up Jonny Williams.

Barbara was born in 1967 in Auckland's Papakura is known as a boardsailor for New Zealand. She's won various medals for New Zealand at the Olympic Games. She won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney)[1] Kendall finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She is the first, and as of 2008, only woman from New Zealand to compete at 5 Olympic Games.

     Former All Black Josh Kronfeld  will hit the floor with current New Zealand champion Rachel Burstein.

Josh was born in June 1971 and used to play of course for New Zealand and Otago, as well as Leicester in the UK. He made his All Black test debut in 1995, playing against Canada at Auckland's Eden Park. He moved to play for the Leicester Tigers before announcing his retirement from the game in 2003.

     Geraldine Brophy will dance with series three and four winner Stefano Olivieri.

Geraldine is an actress best known for her role as Moira Crombie in Shortland Street and has more recently been seen in the smash hit Kiwi film Second Hand Wedding. She won the 1998 New Zealand Film and Television Best Actress award for her lead role in Home Movie and was a finalist for Best Actress in the 2000 awards for Shortland Street. She has been heavily involved in the New Zealand theatre scene with directing, producing and acting.  In her subsequent 22 years in the industry she has played more than 150 roles on stage.

     Rebecca Hobbs will dance with series two winner Aaron Gilmore.

Rebecca is the sister of fellow competitor Chris. She previously starred on Shortland Street. Rebecca was recently seen on mini series Burying Brian where she played Gerri Marchand. 

     Chris Hobbs is partnered with Kristie Boyd. 

 Chris brother of Rebecca - won Kiwi hearts with his portrayal of Frank Malone on Shortland Street. Chris has since appeared on McLeod's Daughters. 

     John Rowles is partnered with blonde bombshell Krystal Stuart.

John is of course a New Zealand icon - born back in 1947, you'll know him for Cheryl Moana Marie which recently featured in Second Hand Wedding - so there'll be some friendly rivalry between Mr Rowles and Geraldine Brophy. Styled as a New Zealand Elvis, it remains to be seen if he'll be swinging his hips as the winner of the 2009 show.

Meet the judges Alison Leonard, Craig Revel Horwood, Brendan Cole and Paul Mercurio  here !

Don't forget to vote in our poll - and see you soon on the dancefloor!

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