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'Dancing with the Stars' Josh Horner excited by 'A Chorus Line' debut

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Josh Horner has revealed that he is looking forward to returning to the stage after three years in a new production of A Chorus Line.

The Dancing with the Stars Australia judge - who was offered the lead role in the new production earlier this year - said that he struggled with the decision of whether to return to Australia because he was enjoying choreographing in the US.

Horner told the Herald Sun: "I slept on it and my inner dancer was just screaming and punching me in the face. When in your life do you get to jump into A Chorus Line and be part of something that cool and special?

"I think I'm going to grow so much from this experience. A Chorus Line is every dancer's dream, I believe. It's the quintessential Broadway musical. It's like a rite of passage."

Horner admitted that he used to be cynical about casting agents giving lead roles to "TV personalities", but said: "Now I'm that person. You can love it or like it or hate it, but at the end of the day, it's my time. I've worked hard and I've been consistent.

"I'm totally immersed in this business and A Chorus Line is all about our business."

Horner said that his "ultimate goal" is to have a "huge presence in the dance performance world", adding: "That strive for perfection is my complete drive."

A Chorus Line opens in Adelaide in January next year and will then tour around Australia.

Horner caused controversy after joining the panel of judges in Australian Dancing with the Stars earlier this year, when he compared contestant Brynne Edelsten to a "bedazzled sack of potatoes".

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