Kai and Kay-B fail to impress judges, leaving four couples in the fray

2010-09-30 00:00

NOT even a spirited last-gasp solo performance from Durban dancer Kai Pretorius was able to stop her from being sent home by the judges on SABC1’s So You Think You Can Dance last night.

Her partner on last Saturday night’s show, Kabelo “KayB” Mahlala, from Johannesburg, was also given his marching orders, leaving just eight dancers, including Durban’s Senenhlanhla Mbatha, fighting for the title of South Africa’s best dancer and the R250 000 first prize.

Mahlala and Pretorius performed a contemporary dance routine last weekend, choreographed by UK-based South African choreographer Corinne de Beer and Jonathan Hart. It left judge Didi Moses furious and she blasted Mahlala for “nearly killing” his partner during the lifts.

The routine also failed to impress the voting audience, and the 19-year-old Durban graphic design student and Mahlala, a 24-year-old financial management student, found themselves in the bottom two — alongside Boipelo Maphafo, from Pretoria, and Carl Winleigh Davids, from Johannesburg, who performed a krump routine.

Last night Pretorius donned her ballet shoes for her 30-second classical solo, while Mahlala performed a high-octane hip-hop routine.

But neither contestant managed to convince the judges to keep them on the show.

Only three live shows and some stiff competition now lie between the top eight and the title, with the winner being announced on October 16.

This Saturday, the stakes are stepped up a gear as the remaining four couples have to dance two routines to ensure their survival in the competition. Styles to be performed include a showdance, Afro-fusion piece, hip hop and krump routines, a tango and salsa, a kwaito number and a pantsula.

• So You Think You Can Dance is broadcast on SABC1 on Saturdays at 6.30 pm, with the results show on Wednesdays at 7 pm.

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