Judges send first celebrity home after elimination dance-off on Dancing with the Stars NZ

Dancing with the Stars NZ 28/05/2018

Tonight the judges were the ones making the final call on Dancing With The Stars NZ's elimination episode.

The first 'dance-off' twist of the series saw bottom two placed celebrities Chris Harris and Vanessa, and Marama Fox and Brad compete for the judges' favour.

While the scores on who made the bottom two were still dependant on public vote as well as their points from this week's dance, the elimination dance added extra pressure to the celebrities - and a chance to save their spot in the competition.

Judge Julz Tocker voted to save Marama, but Rachel White and Camilla Sacre-Dallerup's majority for Chris saw the Maori Party leader Marama sent home.

Eight couples return next Sunday, and voting opens again for the remaining stars.