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Dancing star Tamati jives into final show

Wed 15 Apr 2009 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Rainbow Youth looks set to get a big cash injection, thanks to TV presenter Tamati Coffey's fancy footwork on Dancing with the Stars. Dancing star: Tamati Coffey Openly-gay weatherman Coffey and his dancing partner Samantha Hitchcock, along with Barbara Kendall and Jonny Williams, have impressed the judges and voting viewers enough to compete in the final show next Tuesday night on TVOne. On last night's show, Coffey's two dances - a Jive and a Rumba - earned him near-perfect scores from the judges. TVNZ insiders say voting numbers are up this year, suggesting Coffey's chosen charity Rainbow Youth could get a very respectable five-figure total donation from the popular dancing show. Coffey told GayNZ.com last month he's proud to have the LGBT youth network as his charity. "I wanted to choose a charity that worked with young people, and wanted them to tackle issues that I think are big issues with youth, such as bullying, youth suicide and homophobia," he explained. "Rainbow Youth deals with all of these issues and a whole lot more." Next week the two remaining couples will perform three dances each before one will be chosen as the winner of this years series. British pop star Ronan Keating will also perform in the two hour long season finale, at 8:30pm Tuesday 21 April on TVOne. Voting lines are open - phone 0900 89 815 to vote for Tamati, or text 'Tamati' to 8981. Phone and text votes cost 99 cents each.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 15th April 2009 - 4:55pm

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