Dancing with the Stars: Schapelle Corby sent home

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Schapelle Corby's stint on Channel Seven's Dancing with the Stars has been short and sweet, with the 43-year-old booted from the show on Tuesday night.

The convicted drug smuggler and her dance partner, Shae Mountain, failed to wow the judges with their take on the jive and so received the lowest votes.

Schapelle Corby and her partner Shae Mountain dance the jive on Dancing with the Stars on Channel 7.
Schapelle Corby has been sent home on Dancing with the Stars after just three episodes. Photo: Channel 7.

And it seems like Schapelle's dancing days are over considering her resolute response to host Sonia Kruger's inquiry.

"Personally, you've been a delight, Schapelle, you really have. Do you think you'll keep dancing, Schapelle?" Sonia asked.

Without missing a beat, Schapelle replied, "No," earning laughs from the judging panel.


Matthew 'Matty J' Johnson poses fro a selfie with Schapelle Corby backstage on Dancing With The Stars 2021
Matty J shared a sweet message to his co-star after she was eliminated from the show. Photo: Instagram/matthewdavidjohnson.

'Incredibly hard'

Schapelle admitted that her time in the competition has been "so incredibly hard," but she thanked Shae for being a "great coach" and "so patient".

Matthew 'Matty J' Johnson, who found himself in the bottom two with Schapelle, posted a touching tribute to his co-star on Instagram after her exit.

"Was an absolute pleasure sharing the dance floor with you @schapelle.corby," the former Bachelor wrote atop a selfie of the pair backstage.

"Thanks for making this experience so memorable," he added.

Schapelle was the third star to be eliminated from the show after Fifi Box in episode one and Erin McNaught in episode two.

Schapelle had previously starred on SAS Australia but only made it through to the second episode.

Schapelle Corby and her partner Shae Mountain on Dancing with the Stars after performing the Viennese waltz
Schapelle Corby performed the Viennese waltz. Photo: Channel 7

Shock apology

In an earlier episode, Schapelle admitted to Sonia that she was "so nervous" she had been "crying out the back" of the studio before performing the Viennese waltz in a stunning semi-sheer red dress.

One of the show's more sceptical judge's, Todd McKenney, then issued a surprise apology to Schapelle, revealing he thought she was "going to be crap".

"I have to apologise to you in fact, because for whatever reason, I don't know why and it’s unfair of me, but I thought you were gonna be crap," he said.

He also went on to give her some pointers, suggesting she "move with more freedom" in future performances.

dancing with the star's judge Todd McKenney
Judge Todd McKenney surprised Schapelle with an apology. Photo: Channel 7

Viewers also took to social media to admit they didn't think Schapelle would perform as well on the show.

"Schapelle was a lot better than what EVERYBODY thought she would be," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Schapelle was surprisingly good," another agreed.

Additional reporting by Kristine Tarbert.

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