Melinda Schneider joins the Dancing With The Stars cast for 2010

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Melinda Schneider is taking to the floor and putting her dancing skills to the ultimate test after being announced today as one of the contestants on Series 10 of Channel Seven’s Dancing With The Stars.

A leading light of the ‘new breed’ of Australian Country music artists for several years now, Melinda has enjoyed great success both here and in the USA. Six albums and ten years on, she has won numerous awards, six CMAA Golden Guitars, including ‘Top Selling Album’ for Stronger in 2008 and ‘Vocal Collaboration of The Year’ in January 2009 for her heart-warming duet Still Here with Paul Kelly, 7 Mo awards for excellence in live performance and two Gold Records.

Melinda is currently in rehearsals with her partner Serghei Bolgarschii and enjoying every minute. ‘I am so thrilled to be part of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ this series. I love the show and I’m very excited to be the first female country artist to be chosen.’ Melinda said. Melinda has selected Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre as her charity. Olivia recorded Melinda’s song ‘Courageous’ as a duet for the Great Walk album ‘A Celebration In Song – Olivia Newton-John and Friends’ after she took part in the Great Walk To Beijing in 2008.

Between an upcoming trip to Nashville in June, recording a brand new album and appearing on Dancing With The Stars, 2010 is shaping up to be Melinda’s most successful year so far.

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