Boity Thulo’s Strictly Come Dancing secret: castor oil for her shoes

2014-07-18 13:00

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Excitement has reached fever pitch on the set of Strictly Come Dancing.

Celebrity contestant Jonathan Boynton-Lee has had to get Vitamin B shots to keep up with the demands of the dance reality competition show. The muscular Top Billing presenter says he’s had to use muscles he’s never used before and that wore him down.

Boynton-Lee regards himself as the “dark horse” and the “worst dancer” on the show but is banking on his popularity to get him through the first elimination round.

For Boity Thulo and her dance partner Ryan Hammond it has been a rush, with Thulo having just returned from a four-day trip to Brazil and Hammond arriving a few days behind schedule from a London trip.

But Hammond, the defending champ, is not fazed. He says they might have lost time but he used it to finesse the dances for his celebrity partner. While in Brazil, Thulo says she hung out at Latin bars and observed samba dancers.

Coincidentally, the pair opens the show tonight with a samba rendition.

Holding a small bottle of castor oil and her smartphone, Thulo says it’s not for the butterflies in her stomach but a trick to make her dancing shoes more comfortable.

Meanwhile, Khanyi Mbau enters the show as a crowd favourite thanks to her smart guerilla marketing and general popularity on the social networks. She promises a magical waltz with her partner Quintus Jansen. “I don’t have butterflies, I have farts,” she jokes.

The three celebrities will battle for a spot in the next round of the show tonight on SABC3 from 8pm, along with seven other hopefuls including singer LeAnne Dlamini, actor and comedian Siv Ngesi and actress Leandi du Randt.

The show returns for its seventh seasons with fresh young hosts Katlego Maboe and Roxy Louw and its sexiest line-up yet.

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