Lara Bingle hopes "Dancing With The Stars" will boost her standing with the Australian public.

The fashion model's reputation was built on being the girl next door, but her rocky relationship history has given that a battering.

"I know not everyone is going to like me - there's been lots of ups and downs - I'm just going to have fun," Bingle said. "People don't know me. I rarely do interviews.

"[Dancing With The Stars] is a chance to be myself."

The 23-year-old is one of 11 stars in the new series of the Channel 7 show.

Bingle said she would be dancing in memory of her father, Graham, who died of bowel cancer just under two years ago.

"My dad would absolutely love to see me in DWTS - he was my biggest supporter," Bingle said.

"My mum and my brother will definitely come (to the show) every week," she said.

Seven is yet to announce the on-air date.

Source: Herald Sun
Date: 5th April 2011