עדי אשכנזי וחיים פרשטיין בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
Adi Ashkenazi and her dancing partner Haim Perstein
Photo: Ortal Dahan
Olympic gymnast Alex Shatilov and dancer Nina Soloviev

Olympian Alex Shatilov wins Israel's revived Dancing with the Stars

The gymnast and his pro-dancer partner outscored the likes of comedian Adi Ashkenazi and TV host Maayan Adam to clinch 1st place in the latest season of the reality TV show that returned to the Israeli screen after 10-year hiatus

Smadar Shiloni |
Published: 04.12.22, 14:25
Olympic gymnast Alex Shatilov and dancer Nina Soloviev were crowned winners of the revived Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars, which wrapped up Monday evening with a lavish finale.
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  • Shatilov and Soloviev won the competition after outscoring two other dancing duos who reached the finals: Comedian Adi Ashkenazi and her dancing partner Haim Perstein, and TV host Maayan Adam and her teammate Atrium Liaskowski, who took second and third place, respectively.
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    אלכס שטילוב ונינה סולוביוב בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    אלכס שטילוב ונינה סולוביוב בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    Olympic gymnast Alex Shatilov and dancer Nina Soloviev
    (Photo: Ortal Dahan)
    Dancing with the Stars - considered a massive global reality TV franchise - returned to the Israeli silver screen after a 10-year hiatus having been canceled in 2012 at the end of its seventh season due to low ratings.
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    עדי אשכנזי וחיים פרשטיין בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    עדי אשכנזי וחיים פרשטיין בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    Adi Ashkenazi and her dancing partner Haim Perstein
    (Photo: Ortal Dahan)
    The latest season was hosted by actress and journalist Lucy Ayoub, and featured a star studded cast that included Prof. Idit Matot of the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv - who rose to celebrity status for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Model Bar Zomer and singer Liran Danino were also among this season's participants.
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    מעיין אדם וארטיום ליאסקובסקי בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    מעיין אדם וארטיום ליאסקובסקי בגמר "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    Maayan Adam and her dancing dancer Atrium Liaskowski
    (Photo: Ortal Dahan)
    The season’s judges panel consisted of veteran dancer Eli Mizrahi, choreographer David Dvir and former Dancing with the Stars contenders Rona-lee Shimon and Ana Aharonov.
    Despite its success, the latest season of Dancing with the Stars received its fair share of criticism, directed mainly at the judges, who were lambasted for being overly forgiving, passing out compliments freely that often felt out of place.
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    מתוך "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    מתוך "רוקדים עם כוכבים"
    Lucy Ayoub
    (Photo: Keshet)
    "If this is a competitive show, judges should give scores accordingly and express a professional opinion," one critic said.
    "If everyone dances so wonderfully, let's pack up and go home," another added.

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