'So you think you can dance': ex-partner sobs as Jo’burg couple given their marching orders

2010-09-23 00:00

JOHANNESBURG dancers Gerrie de Wet and Nkateko “Takkies” Maswangange danced their final numbers last night on SABC1’s So You Think You Can Dance.

The couple were paired to perform a show dance that failed to get the support of viewers, landing them in the dreaded bottom three. The other two couples were Darren Hammond and Jeanette Boipelo Maphafo, both from Pretoria, who performed a township jive, and Lulu Mlangeni and Carl Winleigh Davids, both from Johannesburg, who did a hip-hop routine.

The judges were unanimous in voting off 18-year-old Randfontein resident De Wet, the Gauteng Latin dancing champion and South African rock ’n roll and hustle champion, but they were divided about which of the girls to send home.

Eventually, however, they decided to give 19-year-old part-time student and dance teacher Maswangange her marching orders, prompting Hammond — who partnered her a few weeks before in a paso doble — to start sobbing uncontrollably.

There are now 10 dancers, including Durban’s Kai Pretorius and Senenhlanhla ‘Sne’ Mbatha, left in the competition.

With only four live shows left before the grand finale on October 16, they will have to pull out all the stops to win the favour of the voting public and the judges.

On Saturday, from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, the five remaining couples will perform a krump dance, an Afro-fusion piece, a jive, a hip-hop routine and a contemporary dance.

Voting lines open immediately after the live show on Saturday, and close an hour later at 8.30 pm.

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