Cosentino: I was the underdog on Dancing With The Stars
ILLUSIONIST Cosentino had no illusions about being the underdog in last night's Dancing With The Stars grand final.
The escape artist was handed the show's mirror-ball trophy after beating runner-up Rhiannon Fish and judges' favourite Tina Arena.
"The Australian people want to get behind the underdog," he told APN.
"I was judged very harshly. If you look back on the scoring and look back on social media people were saying 'Why was he getting those scores?' But it's a TV show, and of course there's favourites.
"But at the end of the day we held up."
Cosentino formed a close bond with his dance partner Jessica Raffa, who secured her first win last night after five DWTS series.
In the second week of the competition Raffa suffered a back injury and had to wait three weeks to rejoin Cosentino on the dance floor.
With Cosentino juggling the show with a national tour, Raffa would fly to meet him on the road to squeeze in every minute of rehearsal time.
"We've all got to learn four dances in three days but we're in Perth, so really Jess and I were learning four dances in two days," he said.
"We were going from six hours of rehearsals in the morning to me doing two shows to getting on a plane at night and going straight into the Seven studios to film. We had to keep it together. "
From airplane aisles to gymnasiums and tiny yoga studios, they danced wherever and whenever they could.
"When we were doing my shows we were rehearsing on my stage," he said.
"In between my tech runs we were doing dance steps. That was weird."
Fans might see Raffa popping up, or getting chopped up or miraculously disappearing, in one of Cosentino's upcoming shows.
"You just may," he said.
"How wonderful would that be?"
Cosentino hopes to tour internationally next year.
"I finish my last live show (of the tour) in Adelaide this week and then I'll start writing my new TV specials," he said.
"My previous ones will start to air internationally, and then hopefully we'll get to tour internationally."
Dancing With The Stars will return to Seven next year.