New faces on ‘Step up or Step Out’

2013-05-13 00:00

AFTER two phenomenal seasons that uncovered the talented crews Stunners and Tembisa Revolution, Step Up or Step Out is returning to e.tv for a third season.

Popular DJ Euphonik will be joining the judging panel alongside the multi-talented Khabonina Qhubeka and the dance legend Emile XY.

The deck-spinning maestro will be joined YFM powerhouse Tumi Voster, who will co-host the show, and by hip-hop icon Slikour, who replaces Dalen Lance as presenter.

Lance, who is leaving the show to focus on the completion of his final year of a master of business leadership degree said being part of e.tv’s first successful dance reality show was “a definite career highlight”.

Kwaito artist and producer Arthur Mafokate, who has played a key role in unearthing and mentoring some of the dancers who have appeared on the show over the past two years, is also moving on to pursue other career opportunities.

Said Sivan Pillay, Endemol managing director: “Although we will miss Arthur and Dalen’s valuable contribution to the show, we are excited to announce that Euphonik, Slikour and Tumi Voster will be joining the Step Up or Step Out journey to bring viewers the best of local street culture.

“We are positive that the addition of the three new faces to the team will be gladly received by viewers.

“Slikour will bring street cred and wit to the show whilst speaking the language of the youth.

“Tumi is funky, young, know­ledgeable, funny and sassy. She’s got her finger on the pulse when it comes to music, dance, and fashion and is one of South Africa’s fastest-rising stars.

“From a judging perspective, Euphonik will focus on music interpretation and overall performance value. His international exposure to music and dance puts him in a league unparalleled by many.”

The Durban auditions for the third season of Step Up or Step Out took place at the BAT Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour on the Victoria Embankment on Saturday.

Of the 30 crews that auditioned, 22 made it into the next round.

The show will air on Sunday, June 23, on e.tv.

• arts@witness.co.za

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