Deaf Dancer walks away as SA most talented

2009-11-13 13:49

Hip Hop Dancer Darren Rajbal moonwalked away with the grand prize

of R250 000 and the satisfaction of knowing he is South Africa’s most talented

in last night’s final episode of SA’s got Talent.

What a night! The six finalists definitely brought the big guns,

but in the end Rajbal proved that no one “can touch this”.

But as the production winds down and everyone goes their separate

ways, there are five people, besides the contestants, who kept the public

entertained and coming back for more: the presenters and the judges.

Comedian Rob van Vuuren and media personality Anele Mdoda had

undeniable chemistry, and there was never a dull moment with their quick wit and

professional charm.

“I think it’s because we really dig each other. We met on Strictly

Come Dancing and clicked since then. We have a very similar sense of humour and

work ethic.” explains Van Vuuren.

Mdoda believes she was an asset to the show because she “brought

the viewer onto the stage”.

“I’m constantly a viewer as I love reality shows, so I know the

questions that the viewer wants to ask, and those are the ones I asked.”

Judge Ian von Memerty feels that the show was important for South

Africa because “it’s the most age-blind, sex-blind, colour blind reality show to

hit our screens”.

Asked why he used the word “fantastic” so much, Von Memerty said

that it was not a marketing gimmick.

“It just happened. I can be quite critical as a director of shows

so the fact that I used that word so many times and came across as excited for

the contestants is actually quite fantastic!”

Fellow judge Randall Abrahams, the poker-face judge synonymous with

that other reality show Idols, felt that what he should have said last night

when asked about Rajbal is that “Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli have

one thing in common: they are all great singers. And that’s the thing about

Rajbal: he is a great dancer”.

The lights have dimmed, and the talents have left the Alexander

Theatre. But now we know for sure, South Africa’s got talent!

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