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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC1 
Show Genre: Reality Competition
Season Premiere: Saturday, August 09, 2008
Season Finale: Saturday, November 01, 2008
Time: 18h30 - 19h30

Show Summary

So You Think You Can Dance is a South African version of the American dance reality competition created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and produced locally by Rapid Blue which has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big South African dance star.

So You Think You Can Dance premiered on SABC1 on Saturday 9 August 2008, at 18h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 1

Season 1 aired on SABC1 from 9 August to 1 November, 2008, on Saturdays at 18h30. Episodes were an hour in length. The half-hour Results Shows were on Tuesdays at 19h00.

The competition came down a final four dancers: Ashley Searle, Elizma Wildschutte, Kim McCusker and Thabiso Lebuka.

In the week preceding the Finale TVSA readers voted for their favourites for the win - the results were as follows:

Ashley - received 11% of the votes
Elizma - 56%
Kim - 5%
Thabiso - 29%

The Finale was broadcast in a live hour-and-a-half special from the Standard Bank Arena on and the season was won by Elizma.

The results were the same as those predicted by TVSA readers with Kim taking fourth position, Ashley third and Thabiso in second place.

The prize: a Cherry car and R190,000.

Series Synopsis

Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa and hip-hop compete to be named the best dancer in South Africa.

The show starts with a nationwide casting call where dancers must impress the judges with their moves and routines to survive the auditions. Those who do are invited to a dance 'boot camp' where they're put through their paces by top choreographers.

Only the best 20 move forward to the studio shows where they learn challenging routines and dance their hearts out individually and in pairs to impress the panel of judges and audiences, who play their part by voting.

The winner receives prizes to the value of R250,000.

The show is hosted by Sade Giliberti and the judges are Adele Blank, Harold Van Buuren, Didi Moses, Debbie Rakusin (Season 1) and David Matamela.

Show Format

Producers travel around the country looking for the best dancers at casting sessions in major cities across the nation.

At the casting sessions, each dancer must perform their own routine in front of a panel of judges, who then decide immediately who is good enough to continue.

Those chosen to stay work on a routine as a group, and after a further round of eliminations followed by a choreographed routine with a partner, the final 50 are selected to move on to the Dance Boot Camp.

At the Dance Boot Camp, each of the dancers is put through their paces by 5 choreographers, who take them through a variety of dance styles.

At the end of the camp, the group is immediately cut down, 20 of whom will be chosen to move forward to the studio shows after one-to-one interviews with the choreographers. This group is then cut down to a final 10.

Each studio show is structured the same way. As contestants are eliminated the remaining participants are randomly paired together, and the dances they need to perform the following week are drawn from a hat.

We follow each couple as they learn their routine by a top choreographer, before performing that routine in front of the panel of choreographers, and a live studio audience.

Once all the couples have performed, the panel identify the 3 weakest couples (or in later shows, 2 weakest couples) to go up for elimination by the public who vote for their favourites to stay.

Each dancer has an opportunity to encourage voters to keep them in the competition by dancing a solo routine for 45 seconds immediately before the phone lines are opened.

Each week, one guy and one girl is eliminated until only 4 dancers remain.

After performing for the last time, all 4 dancers are put to the public vote and it is the public who decide the final winner.


These were the audition dates and venues for So You Think You Can Dance South Africa:


Dates: Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 June
Venue: University of Johannesburg Arts Centre, Auckland Park campus

Date: Sunday, 13 July
Venue: The B.A.T. Centre

Cape Town

Date: Saturday, 19 July
Venue: 14 Hope Street

Port Elizabeth

Date: Wednesday, 30 July
Venue: The PE Opera House

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Special Features

Spotlight On The Judges
Contestant Q&A's
TVSA Interview: Elizma Wildschutte

Week 1 Live Show

SYTYCD: SA Show Of The Year!

Week 2 Live Show and Results

So This 18 Think They Can Dance: Gallery of the 2nd Live Show
The Launch Of TVSA's Very Own Beat
Another Two Tango Out

Week 3 Results

Tamara Can't Save Herself

Week 4 Results

Eliminated: Louisa & Katlego

Week 5 Results

Taekwondo Should Have Gone

Week 6 Results

Harold Rages As Megan Is Axed

Week 7 Results

Tears For Lee And Darren

Week 8 Results

SA's Fave Four Dancers


Elizma Wins So You Think You Can Dance SA!


Season 1: Elizma Widschutte
Season 2: Lulu Mlangeni
Season 3: Sibahle Tshibika


Series exclusive to SABC1

Season 1

Premiere: 9 August 2008 | Finale: 1 November 2008 | Sat, 18h30 / Tue, 19h00

Season 2

Premiere: 24 July 2010 | Finale: 16 October 2010 | Sat, 18h30 / Wed, 18h30

Season 3

Premiere: 17 August 2013 | Finale: 9 November 2013 | Sat, 18h30 / Mon, 19h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Judge - Herself Adele Blank
Judge - Herself Didi Moses
Judge - Himself David Matamela
Head Judge - Himself Harold van Buuren
Judge - Herself Debbie Rakusin
Host - Herself Sade Giliberti
Guest Judge - Himself Nigel Lythgoe
Contestant - Himself Alistor Adams
Contestant - Himself Ashley Searle
Contestant - Himself Bathembu Myira
Contestant - Himself Darren Greef
Contestant - Herself Elizma Wildschutte
Contestant - Himself Katlego Khunou
Contestant - Himself KG Ramphomane
Contestant - Herself Kim McCusker
Contestant - Herself Kristin Wilson
Contestant - Herself Lee Piedt
Contestant - Herself Louisa Talbot
Contestant - Herself Marise Dusheiko
Contestant - Herself Megan Erasmus
Contestant - Himself Nqaba Mafilika
Contestant - Himself Taekwondo Seabi
Constestant - Herself Tamara-Lee Thompson
Contestant - Herself Tania Knoop
Contestant - Herself Tanya Stricker
Contestant - Himself Thabiso Lebuka
Contestant - Himself Blaze Blasbalg
Choreographer - Herself Tebogo Kgobokoe

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