Show to keep celebs on their toes

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - AMANDA MALIBA

TONIGHT, 12 celebs and per­son­al­i­ties will set the dance floor on fire with a cha-cha-chá, tango, waltz and samba in the first episode of Dancing with the Stars SA.

The fran­chise show, com­ing to Mzansi for the first time, will be staged at a ball­room in Hyde Park, Joburg. The venue was, ac­cord­ing to M-Net pub­lic­ity head Lani Lombard, care­fully cho­sen.

The dance floor and a disco light­ing at­test to the promised glitz and glam of the show.

One of the pre­sen­ters, ra­dio per­son­al­ity Tracey Lange, who is not a dancer, ad­mits she has been pre­par­ing since re­ceiv­ing the news of her join­ing the show. “If you ask me any­thing about the con­tes­tants right now, I would be able to tell you any­thing. I have stalked them so much… be­cause I need to know ev­ery­thing just in case any­thing hap­pens.”

The con­tes­tants are paired with a pro­fes­sional dancer and have three weeks of train­ing be­fore the first elim­i­na­tion.

Tonight, six celebs will hit the dance floor with the other six next week.

In the run­ning are TV pre­sen­ter Them­bisa Mdoda, ac­tor Frank Op­per­man, ac­tress Juanita de Vil­liers, for­mer Miss SA and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Liesl Lau­rie, Wayde van Niekerk’s su­per-fit mom Odessa Swarts, film and TV star Zola Nom­bona, singer-song­writer Connell Cruise, for­mer Bafana Bafana soc­cer star Del­ron Buck­ley, ex-Bok Thando Manana, ac­tor and model Eden Classens, comic Eben­haezer Dibak­wane and net­ball player Vanes-Mari du Toit. TWO read­ers can win a set of dou­ble tick­ets to cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day at The Pres­i­dent Ho­tel in Bantry Bay. This will in­clude a screen­ing of The Note­book, snacks and a blan­ket.

For more de­tails, see The Good Week­end.

Tracey Lange

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