Dancing with the Stars South Africa

Genres: Reality Competition
Broadcast on: M-Net, Vuzu



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Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
M-Net 04 Feb 2018 22 Apr 2018 Sundays, 17h00 - 19h00 12
Vuzu 05 Jan 2019 23 Mar 2019 Saturdays, 18h00 - 20h00 12

Season 1

Dancing with the Stars South Africa is a South African reality competition television series based on the BBC Worldwide format in which 12 untrained celebrities compete for a public vote with the help of professional Latin and Ballroom dancers.

During the first two live Sunday night broadcasts, viewers are introduced to the dancing pairs. A special results show, Dancing with the Stars Live Results, is added from Episode 3, when the first couple will be sent home.

Viewers will be able to vote for their favourite dancing pairs – a celebrity partnered with a professional dancer – from the start of the live show at 17h00 until 19h15 on the same night.

Dancing with the Stars South Africa is produced for M-Net by Rapid Blue, with executive producers Kee-Leen Irvine and Duncan Irvine. The script writer is Charmaine Weir-Smith and the musical director is James Bassingthwaighte.

Jason Gilkison is the creative director; Kee-Leen Irvine the series director and Lillias Bode is the series producer.


Tracey Lange

Hosts a radio show on Heart FM and has been a presenter on kykNET's magazine show Bravo! for the past three years. She also made a guest appearance as herself on an episode of the kykNET soapie Suidooster.

Christopher Jaftha

Actor, dancer, singer, model, MC and presenter who rose to fame in 2015 after winning a presenting job on Top Billing, following a nationwide televised audition called Presenter Search on 3.


Jason Gilkison

Best known for his work as judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, both in Australia and the USA. He has guided the dance routines of a long list of stars, including Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Will Young, Take That, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and many more.

Tebogo Kgobokoe

Raised as a traditional dancer in the North-West Province, Tebogo has since become a 10-time winner of the South African Professional Latin and Ballroom Championship and seven-time winner of the South African Professional Latin American Championship.

Debbie Turner

With a background in competitive Latin, ballroom and neo-classical dance, Debbie has studied and worked with world-famous teachers and choreographers. She also launched the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and is the founding Artistic Director of the renowned Cape Dance Company.


Connell Cruise

Singer-songwriter who signed the biggest recording deal in South African music history after being spotted by music legend L.A. Reid.

Delron Buckley

Former Bafana Bafana soccer star who played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and represented South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.

Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

Comedian and actor who rose to fame after winning the Newcomer Award at the Savanna Comic's Choice Awards in 2016. He also featured in the soapie Ashes to Ashes and was a presenter on Walala Wasala.

Eden Classens

Model and actor best known for his role as Justin in the kykNET soapie Suidooster. He also played the lead role in the Afrikaans film Rowwe Diamante.

Frank Opperman

Veteran actor known primarily for his work in Afrikaan sitcoms, including Kompleks, Die Uwe Pottie Potgieter, Molly & Wors and Ouboet & Wors.

Juanita du Plessis

Actress and performer best known for her theatre work and acting roles in movies such as Knysna, Somer Son, Die Pro, Willie Esterhuizen's Droomdag and Die Ontwaking.

Liesl Laurie

Former Miss South Africa who is a presenter on radio station Jacaranda FM, and is a brand ambassador for L'Oreal - Vichy Laboratoires in South Africa, the USA and Brazil.

Odessa Swarts

400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk's mother, who competed provincially as a track-and-field athlete in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Thando Manana

Former Springbok best known for being the third black South African player to don a Springbok jersey. He now spends his time as a rugby commentator and pundit.

Thembisa Mdoda

Former Our Perfect Wedding host, actress and DJ who is currently starring in the 1Magic drama series Unmarried. She also played Thabisile, the make-up artist and resident gossip in the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Road.

Vanes-Mari du Toit

A player on the South African National Netball team, playing in positions such as Goal Shooter, Goal Keeper and Goal Attack.

Zola Nombona

Actress known for her roles in several high-profile series including Z'bondiwe, Single Galz, Single Guyz, Lockdown, Intersexions, iNumber Number and iThuba Lokugcina.


Sunday, 18 February 2018: Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and Nombulelo Hlathi 

Sunday, 25 February 2018: Thembisa Mdoda and Devon Schnell

Sunday, 4 March 2018: Odessa Swarts and Dylon Daniels

Sunday, 11 March 2018: Thando Manana and Michelle Oppenshaw

Sunday, 18 March 2018: Delron Buckley and Angelique Allison

Sunday, 25 March 2018: Juanita de Villiers and Johan Dippenaar 

Sunday, 1 April 2018: Liesl Laurie and Ryan Hammond

Sunday, 8 April 2018: Frank Opperman and Jeanné Swarts

Sunday, 15 April 2018: Vanes-Mari du Toit and Johannes Radebe


Season 1: Connell Cruise and Marcella Solimeo

Season 1 Cast

Host - Himself (as Chris Jaftha)

Judge - Herself

Contestant - Himself

Contestant - Himself

Contestant - Herself

Contestant - Herself

Contestant - Herself

Vocalist - Herself


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