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2014-06-29 15:00

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It’s the time of the year when we go into sequins and feathers overdrive with the return of a new season of Strictly Come Dancing.

The local version of the international reality dance show that pairs celebrities and professional dancers in a knock-out competition unveiled its line-up for its seventh season at the VSP Lounge in Sandton on Thursday night.

The series will start on SABC3 next month.

The smoky, dimly lit room created the perfect ambience for the occasion.

It’s out with old hands Ian von Memerty and Sandy Ngema as hosts and in with the younger Katlego Maboe and Roxy Burger.

It’s clear that the organisers are aiming for a young and hip audience. So, to announce his arrival, Maboe kicked off the night with an impressive rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good?–?Michael Bublé style.

The class of 2014 is an interesting mix of well-known faces and a few that will make you say, “Who’s that?”. But then this show is known for turning little-known names into household ones, says Zakeeya Patel, last year’s winner.

I shared a table with Kee-Leen Irvine of Rapid Blue, the company producing the show. She promised that this would be the sexiest season of the show yet.

First on was feisty actress and socialite

Khanyi Mbau who came out guns blazing as if to prove the adage “in it to win it”. While most of the contestants ambled awkwardly across the dance ramp in their attempts at faking it until they make it, Mbau flipped and spread-eagled with her partner Quintus Jansen much to the delight of the guests.

The over-eager and competitive Mbau even bumped a disco ball hanging from the roof with her acrobatics. She later laughed it off and said the ball wasn’t there during rehearsals.

Another crowd favourite was the lovable Boitumelo Thulo, she who instantly became the embodiment of bootylicious with the Marie Claire Naked Issue. But the bespectacled Thulo is no pushover, she is a driven and strong young woman.

Singer Leanne Dlamini, who was recently in mourning after the death of her father, will also battle it out for the title.

Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee did a twerk-booty hop dance only reserved for strip joints?–?he will have to do more to impress technique-obsessed judge Tebogo Kgobokoe.

Blue Bulls rugby player John Mametsa, comedian Donovan Goliath, professional motorbike racer Janine Davies, actress Leandie du Randt and actors Siv Ngesi and Ashish Gangapersad complete the line-up.

It was great to see Zandi Nhlapo, a continuity presenting legend from the SABC1 Simunye days. She was hard at work with her company which was organising the party.

Is there a more fun mum and daughter than Rami and Kefilwe Chuene?

They sure can get down and won the spontaneous dance-off which came with a prize to attend professional dance lessons. Rami’s excellent portrayal of Khomotjo in Muvhango has even got me hooked on the show.

Mfundo Ntsibande, SABC radio marketing manager, and crooner Brian Temba must have been the dandiest men in the room while radio personality Penny Lebyane stood out in a vintage-patterned dress and an Afro.

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