Back to reality for PMB’s Bonwa Mbontsi

2010-09-16 00:00

MARITZBURG’S Bonwa Mbontsi has swopped his dancing shoes and costumes for books and lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal after he and his on-screen partner, Soweto’s Tumie Letsoenyo, were voted off SABC1’s So You Think You Can Dance last night.

Twenty-one-year-old contemporary dancer Mbontsi, a BA student, and Letsoenyo (27), a hip-hop and kwaito-fusion dancer, failed to impress either the judges or viewers of the dance reality show with their Jungle Book-inspired quick-step.

After their performance on Saturday night, judge David Matamela damned the couple with faint praise, saying it was a “nice, cheeky and simple” number, but that he was not drawn to it and it could have been tighter.

Didi Moses, meanwhile, thought Letsoenyo was heavy on her feet and her words to Mbontsi proved prophetic: “I love you very much, but I get the feeling you’re packing …”

It was the second time in two weeks that Mbontsi found himself languishing in the bottom three and dancing for his life. And while his jumps were graceful and Letsoenyo performed an amazing solo in last night’s show, it wasn’t enough to carry them through to the next round.

Mbontsi told The Witness he has no regrets and is happy with his success on the show.

He admitted, however, that he would have loved to have been able to show the viewers more than just the two ballroom numbers he did.

“If I had been given the chance to do other forms of dance, perhaps I would have stayed longer,” Mbontsi said.

So You Think You Can Dance is broadcast at 6.30 pm on Saturdays.

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