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The smouldering glances and steamy moves may once have been confined to the dance floor but on Boxing Day 2005 Shane Cortese finally realised there was one tango he wanted to keep dancing.
The former Shortland Street actor surprised everyone with his elegant moves when he teamed up with Australian Nerida Lister (36) for the first New Zealand Dancing With the Stars series in 2005. As the pair waltzed and jived towards their well-deserved second placing it was obvious that there was some chemistry between the two celebrities. However both were involved in long-term relationships at the time and insisted they just shared a close friendship.
Cortese (37) best known for his role as the evil Dominic Thomson on long running soap Shortland Street already had a long standing theatrical career in shows such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Elvis the Musical. After his stint on Dancing With the Stars he took up a role as movie reviewer on recently axed entertainment show Headliners and is now set to compere American Idol spin off “So You Think You Can Dance?” in 2006.
The handsome blonde blue-eyed actor split with partner Claire Stanley in July 2005 and began a brief relationship with Zoe Lucker (Footballer’s Wives) with whom he co-starred in the stage comedy “Along Came Love.
Nerida Lister, best known for her ballroom dancing and choreography, was married to fellow dancer Simon Lister for three years . However in October 2005 they separated when she realised that she was in love with Cortese. Nervously she invited the actor to Australia for Christmas “when I saw him at the airport, I just knew. I think we both knew instantly”. Cortese confirms “I love Nerida. When I see her I get butterflies and when we’re apart I cannot wait to see her again”.
In the manner of all celebrity pairings the couple recently celebrated their newly proclaimed love by appearing on the cover of New Idea magazine.
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