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Mum joins Johnny for final dance
Mum joins Johnny for final dance

Johnny Ruffo's proud mother Jill will be in the Dancing with the Stars audience for the first time on Sunday night.

She is heading to Melbourne to cheer on her son as he competes in the Channel 7 dance series grand final against Packed to the Rafters actress Zoe Cramond and Russell Crowe's wife, singer- songwriter Danielle Spencer.

"I am so excited that Mum will finally be able to see me dance live," Ruffo told The West Australian during a break from rehearsing with dance partner Luda Kroitor in Sydney yesterday.

"Hopefully, it will be a good night and I can bring the mirror ball trophy back to WA."

The former Perth concreter credits his mother and other members of his family for keeping him grounded over the past year, which has seen him become a finalist on The X Factor and tour nationally with One Direction, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.

"My family means everything to me," he said. "Having my family there to keep me grounded and stay down to earth really helps. Even my friends and old workmates, they all keep me down to earth - they tell me I haven't changed one bit."

This week marks one of the biggest in Ruffo's 24 years.

Not only is he busy rehearsing three dances for the finale, today he releases his long-awaited debut single On Top.

After appearing on two high-profile reality series in the past year, he said he was "looking forward to living life off camera" and concentrating on releasing his first album.