PMB’s Bonwa Mbontsi nearly takes a fall

2010-09-09 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S Bonwa Mbontsi had a close call last night when he found himself in the bottom six of SABC1’s So You Think You Can Dance.

He and partner Shelley Nicole Christians of Cape Town had failed to impress the judges and viewers with their foxtrot — and having received the fewest SMS votes from the public after Saturday’s live show, they and four other dancers had to perform solos to keep their places.

Mbontsi, a Maritzburg College old boy, and Christians were up against Capetonians Cleo Notcutt and Jade John ‘JJ’ Heuwel and Johannesburg’s Xolani Mthabela and Lulu Mlangeni. After watching the solos, the judges — Harold van Buuren, David Matamela and Didi Moses — told Heuwel and Notcutt they were going home.

It was second time unlucky for freelance dancer Heuwel, who also entered the show last year. Popular with the studio audience, he was shocked at the news he had been eliminated, particularly as he had been praised by the judges for his pantsula.

Notcutt’s elimination was less surprising after the judges had canned her hip-hop performance last Saturday.

There was only a two percent difference in votes between the bottom three couples and the next “safe” couple, so if you want to keep your favourite dancer in the show, make sure you vote when lines open after Saturday’s live broadcast.

The dancers will draw new partners and genres out of a hat for Saturday’s So You Think You Can Dance on SABC1 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm . The genres include kwaito, quickstep, fast hip-hop, jazz-blues, fast Afro-fusion, tango and pantsula.

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