Rob van Vuuren

Full / Real Name: Robert Craig Jansen van Vuuren
Born: 26 March 1976 (48 years old)
Gender: Male



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Rob van Vuuren is a South African actor best known for his role as Twakkie in the SABC2 comedy series The Most Amazing Show, from 2006-2007.

Rob was born in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa and completed his high schooling at Maritzburg College in 1993. He studied Drama at Rhodes Univerity and completed his studies in 1997 graduating with an Honours Degree.

He has appeared in numerous stage productions and received various award nominations for his roles. Among these are a Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Beauty Queen Of Leenan and a Vita nomination for Best Actor in Birdie.

He's written, produced and starred in three one-man shows and two two-man shows. He also writes, produces and stars in the TV show The Most Amazing Show alongside his creative partner Louw Venter, who plays Corne in the show.

The first season of the show premiered on South African TV in 2006 after achieving a cult following as a touring theatre production and a second season premiered in January 2007.

Rob's movie credits include Shark Attack 2 (2001), The Bone Snatcher (2003), Crazy Monkey Presents Straight Outta Benoni (2005), Bunny Chow (2006) and Footskating 101 (2007).

He has voiced the role of Frothy The Bear on the animated television series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, since 2007.

Rob has hosted the SABC2 action-comedy game show Crazy Games (known as Summer Games in its first season) since November 2006.

In 2008 - in a show by Brett Bailey and his company Thirld World Bunfight - Rob was given the unique honour to perform for Madiba and his guests at his 90th Birthday bash in his home town of Qunu.

Rob is the co-host (with Anele Mdoda) of the SABC2 reality competition SA's Got Talent, based on the British "Got Talent" format, which premiered in October 2009.

Strictly Come Dancing

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Rob was one of the 10 celebrity contestants in the fifth season of SABC2's Strictly Come Dancing reality competition, in 2008. His coach and partner was Mary Martin.

The first two weeks of the competition were non-elimination rounds, with the judges scoring dances by the male celebrities in Week 1 and the female celebrities in Week 2.

In Episode 3 - the first elimination episode - Rob and Mary impressed the judges with a well-rehearsed routine of a Quickstep, of which nothing bad could be said except for the fact that Ballroom requires more flowing and less staccato movements.

The couple scored 32/40, which placed them tied for first with Tessa van Duuren and Grant Esterhuizen.

In Week 4, as from the outset and every week thereafter, Rob left everyone – from judges to Mary – pleasantly delighted at what he had to offer.

The couple's Jive was a "tour de force" and Lilian Phororo went as far as calling Rob a “dance wonder” and “dance supremo”.

Tyrone Watkins was elated by the fact that this white boy and his sultry mate did justice to a style that originated on this continent.

The couple scored 33/40, placing them clearly in first place.

In the fifth episode Rob and Mary found themselves in unfamiliar territory with it being the first week they were not showered with compliments.

Lilian noted that – although he “seems to be a dream guy” – Rob should have paid more careful attention to his topline and timing. Tyrone stepped out of character for a second and added that he still “managed to ignite the dance floor”.

Their 28/40 was still good enough for joint 4th place with Gugu Zulu and Sarah Cooper.

After previous week’s disappointing Foxtrot, in Episode 6 Rob and Mary were obviously more determined than ever to not play safe and gave the judges a brave, daring routine.

With a performance full of lifts and delightful gymnastics, they managed to even get Tyrone to feel their contagious energy.

Lilian was once again impressed with their 100% commitment. Dave Campbell reminded the couples that the lifts are not essential and in actual fact something that get them penalised.

With 32/40, Rob and Mary regained first place that week.

In Week 7 Rob, despite leaning more towards the Latin dances and finding the waltz quite boring, once again succeeded in bringing a star performance to the floor.

He and Mary made the most of the limited moves the style offers and Dave went as far as saying they had the title in sight.

Scoring 29/40, the couple managed second place.

Episode 8 was the first occasion where the final five were expected to bring two flawless attempts to the dance floor, from a selection of styles chosen from the Latin and Ballroom genres.

Rob and Mary's dedication to winning was again illustrated by their Cha Cha, which was fun and playful and enjoyed by all the judges - except for Tyrone who got jaws dropping when he described it as "spastic".

Their Rumba did manage to embody the passionate Latin-lover the style is supposed to depict in a delicate, sensitive and intense dance to Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You". Lilian was in tears.

Despite scoring 30 for their first dance and 32 for their second (for a total of 32/80), Rob and Mary were nonetheless pipped once again by Tessa and Grant.

Garth Collins and Hayley Bennett were eliminated from the show but reinstated the following day after a computer error was detected. Nobody was thus eliminated in Episode 8.

In Episode 9 three couples competed in the dance off for the first time - and two of them finally got the chop: Anele Mdoda and partner Brandon Eilers Le Riche, and Garth Collins and Hayley Bennett.

It was evident from the start that the judges were intent on driving home the fact that Garth did not belong in the final, and that they were disappointed by the public's lack of support for Tessa and Grant.

Couples performed two dances – one during the Ballroom round (a Foxtrot or a Tango) and the second during the Latin round (a Paso Doble or a Jive).

When the judges’ scores and viewer votes were tallied, the three couples that received the lowest judges’ scores seemed to have made a similar impression on the viewing public.

These were the two mentioned above, as well as Cindy Nell and partner Jonathan Broadway.

After Tyrone told Rob in the previous week that his dream of dancing in the final was slipping away, the comic milked two standing ovations from the studio audience.

For the fist time in the season - and only the second time in SCD history - a couple received a perfect score, 40 out of a possible 40.

Rob and Mary's Tango was “unbelievable” (Dave) and Lilian called it a champion’s performance.

They went on to score a near-perfect 39 for their over-the-top, Dracula-inspired Paso Doble, giving them 79/80, which proved to be their ticket to the finale.

In the season finale the couples had to perform three dances. Cindy Nell and Jonathan Broadway were eliminated after the first dance, leaving Tessa and Grant to fight for the title with Rob and Mary.

Rob and Mary started the night with a perfectly scored Tango, a routine that gave head judge Lilian “goose bumps” and showed Tyrone “exactly what I’m looking for in this competition”.

Their second offering, a Jive, brought the house down and had both judges and studio audience applauding in a standing ovation.

Their freestyle left Salome Sechele “gobsmacked” and Tyrone, holding back the tears and generally having a Moment, thanked them for what they did for Ballroom in the broader sense.

They scored 40, 39 and 40, to give them an unprecedented score of 119/120. Tessa and Grant acquitted themselves admirably with 112/120, but after viewer voting Rob and Mary were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 5 on 4 December, 2008.



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