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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC2 
Show Genre: Reality Competition
Season Premiere: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Season Finale: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Time: 19h30 - 22h00

Show Summary

Strictly Come Dancing is a South African reality dance competition television series produced for SABC2 by Rapid Blue and based on the British show of the same name in which celebrities are partnered with professional Latin and Ballroom dancers and must work each week on perfecting a dance routine, with public voting deciding a weekly elimination.

The series was broadcast live from the Carlton Centre Ballroom, Johannesburg for the first five seasons. In Season 6 the venue changed to the Renaissance Centre.

The series premiered in South Africa on SABC2 on Saturday 4 February 2006, at 20h00. After five seasons it was discontinued but in 2013 it was revived on SABC3. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

The fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing aired on SABC2 from 31 January to 20 March, 2008, on Thursdays at 19h30. It was won by actor Emmanuel Castis and his partner Lindsey Muckle.

Season 4

Shot live from the Carlton Hotel Ballroom, the eight-part series was once again hosted by Ian von Memerty and Sandy Ngema.

The fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing aired on SABC2 on Thursdays from 19h30 until 20h30, with an hour's break in between, and resumed at 21h30.

The first part (19h30-20h30) was where the contestants showed off their various dancing talents and the second part (21h30) where the results were revealed.

The celebrity contestants and their partners for this season were:

Ashley Hayden
M-Net continuity presenter, actress, winner of The Weakest Link and host of her own travel show called Bon Voyage.

Brenda Ngxoli
Stage and TV actress and director best known for her roles as Mimi in Tsha Tsha and Vuyokazi in Home Affairs.

Emmanuel Castis
Stage and TV actor, singer and Steve in Isidingo.

Mark Williams
Former Bafana Bafana striker who scored 14 goals in 26 matches.

Mutodi Neshehe
Model, actor and Ndalamo on Muvhango.

Tanya van Graan
FHM's Sexiest Woman 2007, stage and TV actress in Snitch 2, Hard Copy 3 and a new mini-series coming out next year. She is Emmanuel Castis's girlfriend.

Trevor Noah
Comedian, radio DJ on YFM with his own show called Noah's Ark, sports presenter for SABC's Siyadlala and co-host of The Real Goboza.

Uyanda Mbuli
Socialite, businesswoman, actress in Tshisa, on the board of the Gauteng Film Commission and previous Events and Publicity manager for SABC1.

Order of Elimination

Episode 1: No elimination
Episode 2: Mutodi Neshehe and Tebogo Mokgedi
Episode 3: Mark Williams and Kabelo Sebusi
Episode 4: Uyanda Mbuli and Ryan Hammond
Episode 5: Brenda Ngxoli and Quintus Jansen
Episode 6: Ashley Hayden and Muntu Ngubane
Episode 7: Tanya van Graan and Brandon Eilers
Episode 8: Trevor Noah and Hayley Hammond

Episode Recaps

Episode 2: It's Back To Muvhango For Mutodi
Episode 3: An Own Goal For Mark Williams
Episode 4: End Of The Road For Uyanda
Episode 5: Bye Bye, Brenda
Episode 6: Ashley's Odyssey Comes To An End
Episode 7: Ta-Ta, Tanya
Episode 8: Emmanuel Is The Champ!


South African celebrities are partnered with professional Latin and Ballroom dancers and must work each week on perfecting a dance routine.

Each week during a live show viewers are asked to vote for their favourite couple, and one couple (with the least votes) is eliminated.

In the season finale, two couples dance off to win the title and a cash prize of R40,000 (R20,000 per partner). The cash prize was first introduced for the third season.

Through sms voting, viewers vote who should stay and who should go, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the panel of judges.

For example: with 4 contestants left, the judges' favourite would receive 4 points, 2nd favourite 3 points, and so on, and similarly with the viewers' rankings. The two scores added together make the final score.

The show is broadcast live on SABC2 on Thursday evenings and is hosted by Ian von Memerty and Sandy Ngema.

The judging panel consists of Lilia Phororo, Dave Campbell, Salome Sechele and Tyrone Watkins. Each judge gives the performance a mark out of ten, giving an overall total out of 40.


A new system called the Dance-Off was introduced in the fourth season. The Dance-Off is performed by the two couples with the lowest scores following the judges' scores and public vote.

After performing their dance again, the judges are asked one-by-one who they would like to save, and the couple with the most votes remains in the competition. If there is a tie, head judge Lilian Phororo has the deciding vote.

Broadcast Times

Each Thursday there are two broadcasts: the first is from 19h30-20h30, during which the celebrities do their weekly dance routines and are given marks out of 40 from the judges.

Thereafter follows an hour-long break to give viewers a chance to vote for their favourite couple, after which the second broadcast - the Results Show - is aired, from 21h30-22h00.

During the Results Show the results of the viewer voting are announced. The viewer votes are combined with the judges' votes and the two couples with the least amount of votes are forced into the Dance-Off.

Shortly before 22h00 the judges decide who they want to eliminate.


Season 1: Zuraida Jardine and Michael Wentink
Season 2: Riaan Venter and Hayley Hammond
Season 3: HHP and Hayley Bennett
Season 4: Emmanuel Castis and Lindsey Muckle
Season 5: Rob van Vuuren and Mary Martin
Season 6: Zakeeya Patel and Ryan Hammond


Season 1 (8 episodes)

Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 4 Feb 2006 | Finale: 25 Mar 2006 | Saturdays, 20h00

Season 2 (8 episodes)

Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 5 Aug 2006 | Finale: 23 Sep 2006 | Saturdays, 20h00

Season 3 (8 episodes)

Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 24 May 2007 | Finale: 12 Jul 2007 | Thursdays, 19h30

Season 4 (8 episodes)

Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 31 Jan 2008 | Finale: 20 Mar 2008 | Thursdays, 19h30

Strictly Come Dancing: The Story So Far (1-hour special)

Channel: SABC2 | Aired: 25 September 2008 | Thursday, 19h30

Season 5 (10 episodes)

Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 2 Oct 2008 | Finale: 4 Dec 2008 | Thursdays, 19h30

Season 6 (10 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 10 Jul 2013 | Finale: 11 Sep 2013 | Wednesdays, 20h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Host - Himself Ian von Memerty
Host - Herself Sandy Ehrenreich
Judge - Himself Dave Campbell
Judge - Herself Lilian Phororo
Judge - Herself Salome Sechele
Judge - Himself Tyrone Watkins
Celebrity Dancer - Herself Ashley Hayden
Celebrity Dancer - Herself Brenda Ngxoli
Celebrity Dancer - Himself Emmanuel Castis
Celebrity Dancer - Himself Mark Williams
Celebrity Dancer - Himself Mutodi Neshehe
Celebrity Dancer - Herself Tanya van Graan
Celebrity Dancer - Himself Trevor Noah
Celebrity Dancer - Herself Uyanda Mbuli
Professional Dancer - Himself Brandon Eilers Le Riche
Professional Dancer - Herself Hayley Hammond
Professional Dancer - Herself Kabelo Sebusi
Professional Dancer - Herself Lindsey Muckle
Professional Dancer - Himself Muntu Ngubane
Professional Dancer - Himself Quintus Jansen
Professional Dancer - Himself Ryan Hammond
Professional Dancer - Herself Tebogo Mokgethi
Announcer - Himself Malcolm Gooding

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