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'They Need To Let Loose': Courtney Act Returns To DWTS... As A Judge!

The tables have officially turned on Dancing With The Stars as last season's runner-up Courtney Act takes a seat on the judging panel this week.

After last year's season of Dancing With The Stars saw DF-slaying queen Courtney Act shimmy into second place behind winner Samuel Johnson, the bubbly blonde is returning to judge the judges as they face off against one another -- and we can't wait.

"Always the bridesmaid, finally the bride... Well, the judge. More of the celebrant, I suppose," Courtney said to 10 daily, adding, "I'm so excited to come back! I'd be just as happy to be returning as a dancer because it's so much fun."

Courtney Act was runner up last season. Image: 10

On Sunday's episode, Craig Revel Horwood, Sharna Burgess and Tristan MacManus will swap their judging paddles for their dance shoes as they go head-to-head in the ultimate dance-off against one another.

The trio will each lead their own team of Stars to perform three different routines, with Sharna working with Claudia Karvan and Celia Pacquola to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", Tristan with Ed Kavalee and Dami Im to The Beatles classic "All You Need Is Love" and Craig joining Christian Wilkins and Chloe Lattanzi for a performance to "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)".

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Courtney Act and dance partner Josh Keefe last season. Image: 10

"I know what the competitors are going through, I know how much hard work they're putting in and I know how challenging it is, so I'm going to try hard not to play favourites, obviously," she explained.

"I'm just gonna call it how I see it on the night. I don't think I'll be talking too much about all the technical things, but I'll certainly be looking at the entire performance and the energy they bring."

"I've been brushing up on my technical dance terms," Courtney said, adding, "Josh, my dance partner from last season, has been giving me pointers -- well, reminders since it was drilled into me a year ago -- so all those thing like Spanish lines and Pasedobles and your cha-cha-cha's..."

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Courtney Act is set to return - this time on the judging table. Image: 10

In addition to the group routines, each celebrity will perform another dance as the race to the mirror ball trophy heats up with the end in sight.

However, if the remaining dancers really want to step up their game, our Dancing Queen has some words of advice:

"Believe it!" she said.

"We see all the hard work they put in, and we can see that they know their steps -- but I'm not seeing a lot of letting go and commitment to the fantasy," she continued.

"I'm still seeing people be quite tentative. I think you put in all that hard work, then you get to the dress rehearsal, that's when you have to trust your body and let go of your brain and just start feeling the dance.

"They need to let loose on the dance floor and get locked in the fantasy!"

Dancing With The Stars airs Sundays at 7.30 on 10 and 10 Play.

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