27 Aug 2004, 03:02:45 PM

Australian showbiz legend Daryl Somers is making his television comeback on the Seven Network.

The popular presenter who set a benchmark for live entertainment with the iconic Hey, Hey It's Saturday, is bringing his unique style back to television with a dazzling new show DANCING WITH THE STARS, starting soon on Seven.

Somers will host the variety show in which eight Australian celebrities will dare to be paired up with leading professional dancers to train and then compete in a live television knock-out ballroom dancing competition.

Based on the smash-hit BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, DANCING WITH THE STARS will see the celebrities put through their paces during a month of rehearsals to ensure they're in the best possible shape for the first live prime-time performance in October.

Somers says: “When I was approached by Granada to host this show it sounded like an exciting format and after seeing tapes of the English program, I was hooked. It's 'living on the edge' live television which I've always enjoyed and I can't wait to throw myself into a show which generates so much fun for all those involved and most importantly, the viewing audience.”

Seven Melbourne Managing Director Ian Johnson says: “Daryl is the perfect person to present this show. I've thought for many years Daryl has been off our screens for too long and I'm looking forward to working with him again.”

Granada Production is producing the show under licence from BBC Worldwide. Granada Productions Managing Director Rory Callaghan says: “Daryl Somers is synonymous with Australian entertainment and we're fortunate to have him on board with Dancing with the Stars – a show I truly believe has something for everyone.”