Social – A skip and a twirl

2013-07-07 14:00

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Strictly Come Dancing, the reality dance show, is back on TV after four years. Lesley Mofokeng was at the launch.

It’s time for twists, twirls, flying feathers and sequin overload as the deliciously extravagant dance contest Strictly Come Dancing returns to SABC3.

It’s been four years since the show last aired – blame it on the recession.

We got a taste of things to come at The Venue in Melrose Arch this week when the 10 celebrity contestants were revealed and took to the floor for a bit of a twirl – or in Lalla Hirayama’s case, a booty hop.

Things kicked off at least an hour late, but we were soon taking bets on who’d be the first to go and comparing notes on the contestants.

The favourites included Hirayama, the graceful and always serene Connie Ferguson, cool Thapelo Mokoena and rhythm king Graeme Richards.

Actor Shona Ferguson, the biggest fashion offender of the night in a red biker jacket and jeans, was there to cheer on his wife, Connie.

He explained his fashion faux pas on not reading the invite properly.

“You know that awkward moment when you walk in and everyone is wearing suits,” he said.

Proud Shona told me Connie was nervous and excited, but guaranteed that her competitive spirit had kicked in.

Shona said he massaged his wife’s feet every night after the torture of the notoriously uncomfortable T-bar heels.

But Connie is happy with her improved fitness level in the past five weeks and, as Shona put it: “Her butt has lifted.”

It was also a delight to chat to Nana Moloi, a veteran of local TV, whose daughter, Pabi, a radio and TV personality, has signed on to co-host Strictly.

“I’m really proud of Pabi. I pray God will protect her and show her the way in this industry,” she told me.

Nana said her black sequined dress with gold detail was bought in the 80s and still fits her perfectly. She admits she misses her days on TV and as a musician (she released the hit Kgwedi e Fedile in the 80s), and has “something coming up”.

She won’t share her beauty secrets, but did say: “I won’t say it’s gym or good food. It’s God’s anointing and He preserves me.”

Gugu Zulu and Letshego Moshoeu had the brightest smiles, especially after he paid lobola last month.

Newsreader Eben Jansen brought along his wife, Roshana, and permanent social fixtures Hirayama and Chris Nkosi were also there.

Drawing their fair share of attention was Selimathunzi presenter Lunga Shabalala and his new girlfriend, Naomi Noinyane.

They tried to keep their hands off each other, but it was clear they were smitten.

Champion maker Hayley Bennet said she was counting on Mokoena’s good looks to woo the female voters.

She has a good track record, including the famous win by HHP in the third season. Mokoena joked that he can’t afford a hangover as he’s preparing for the competition.

Dance champion Tebogo Kgobokoe said she was happy to be a judge.

“It’s good to be on the other side for a change,” she said.

Don’t miss the action live from the SABC Renaissance Centre on SABC3 on Wednesday at 8pm.

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