5 minutes with Marc Lottering



He took a 5-minute break from cracking jokes (sort of) to tell us a bit more about his dancing skills and the inner workings of the popular reality show.

How did you land your spot as co-host of Strictly Come Dancing?

About three months ago I got a call from the production company Rapid Blue, enquiring about my availability, not telling me it was for Strictly.  A month later they called back to offer me the job.  I did the rumba in my lounge for about two hours!

What has it been like working with Pabi?

She’s simply phenomenal.  Pabi can do this job with her eyes closed, and I pray that all of that smooth, slick stuff rubs off on me.

So, are you a good dancer?

Everyone’s a good dancer at some point over the weekend, after a couple of shooters!

If you were a dancer, which style would be your favourite?


And which dance style are you most looking forward to seeing the couples perform?

I’m always entertained by the drama of the paso doble.  I live for those moments when the dancers look “passionately cross”!  Love that look!

Which dance couple on the show do you see as a force to be reckoned with?

It’s early days.  And I’m not going to mention names here because I like to be everybody’s best friend.  But judging by what people are saying to me on the street, the winning couple is most definitely going to be a guy and a girl.

Are there any behind-the-scenes funny moments you’d be willing to share?

Kuli Roberts makes for riveting entertainment and does not stop talking for a second.  (Of course one cannot repeat what she says).  Zakeeya Patel flirts with me outrageously and Graeme Richards is super-serious about winning this thing.

All your shows are live – which must make it all the more nerve-wracking for the celebs. Is it tense on set before you go on air?

I think everyone’s helluva nervous (presenters included) just before we go to air, and so we talk about everything under the sun except being nervous.  It’s a frantic, fabulous energy.

Speaking of live shows ? as a host, do you prefer presenting on live TV or on a pre-recorded show?

A pre-recorded show is obviously cool in that you can redo and edit stuff until it’s near-perfect.  But there’s something about a live show that makes the shoot so much more exciting.  The viewer is privy to the moment, warts and all.  I like that.  I like living close to the edge.

What other projects do you have lined up in the coming months?

I return to Cape Town to be part of a festive season play at the Baxter Theatre, which will run into 2014.

-Kirstin Buick

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