The second episode of Strictly Come Dancing 4
sent its first celebrity competitor home last night - Muvhango’s Mutodi Neshehe
, who comfortably lost the bottom two dance-off against Mark Williams
Along with their professional dance partners, these two scored bottom of the ladder after viewer votes were tallied.
Following a second rendition of their routines, the judging panel decided to give Williams another week in the competition.
After Neshehe’s tango – which took place with white rose held between the teeth, blindfold and smart dress suit – the judges agreed his performance lacked the power, passion and control that the dance requires.
The panel thought it was evident that not enough blood, sweat and tears went into the preparation.
actor Emmanuel Castis
, a crowd favourite last week, scored second highest of the night with a confident jive. He scored a high 29, after last week’s 28.
The ubiquitous Uyanda Mbuli
strutted a two part “cool and crazy” routine, but scored the lowest with the judges – 21.
presenter Trevor Noah
’s creative tango, inspired by The Matrix, again scored the highest with an impressive 31... and this after only one day was available for rehearsal during the week. The routine left judge Salome Sechele
, in a black and cérise gown, and dancing to “Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps”, dazzled with her tango. Judges felt that her determination to succeed was inspiring and that her performance was “right on the mark, haunting, passionate and dramatic”, according to Dave Campbell
Salome described it as “the attitude of the tango personified”. They scored a high 27.
To the tune of “Living la Vida Loca”, former soccer star Mark Williams (in pimpish blue velvet pinstripe) was obviously enjoying the jive.
complimented the fact that he was obviously trying harder than last week, but Tyrone Watkins
again reprimanded him for not completely giving over to his coach. The couple scored 23.
’s energetic performance included a fight scene, and true to form saw her flirting with both audience and camera. Lilian was impressed that “the drama queen once again went for gold”.
Dave added that she was obviously firing on all eight cylinders. She and her partner Quintus Jansen
A visibly more relaxed Tanya van Graan
, in classic red tango garb, scored 26 with a Moulin Rouge-inspired performance that was called “fabulous”, despite remarks about her posture.
Next week the dancers alternate between the Rumba and the Foxtrot.