Dance show gets hotter

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

The dance floor of the sensational South African TV dance series So You Think You Can Dance got hotter and more exciting with the announcement of the top 10.

But not everybody is happy with the announcement because a popular dancer has been left out.

Nqaba, the popular dancer from Cape Town, will no longer be seen on the show that is screened live on SABC1.

The news was taken badly by many, including show host Sade Gilberti, who cried when lead judge Harold van Buuren told the 24-year-old Nqaba he would no longer be part of the show because he did not make it to the Top 10.

Making up the final group are Marise, Darren, Megan, Bathembu, Lee, Ash, Elizma, Thabiso, Kim and Takewondo.

Van Buuren and his fellow judges, David Matamela and Debbie Rakusin, were unanimous in their decision to send Nqaba, a classical ballet dancer, back to Khayelitsha.

He took it like a man.

"I've had a great time in Johannesburg - Viva South Africa!" Nqaba said.

His partner, Tania, had tears in eyes when the 21-year-old Mitchells Plain dancer bid the show farewell.

"Boo! Big Boo!," she said, adding: "It has been amazing coming here. I am fromMitchells Plain and this has been big for me. I appreciate this chance and I am so proud of myself."

For the Top 10 dancers the tension mounts in the final stage of the competition, as each week the dancers select not only a new dance from a hat, but also a new partner.

Whatever you do, don't miss the show this Saturday, when the dancing couples and their dances are:

l Marise and Darren will dance kwaito;

l Megan and Bathembu will dance contemporary lyrical;

l Lee and Ash will dance hip-hop fast;

l Elizma and Taekwondo will dance the salsa; and

l Kim and Thabiso will dance the lyrical waltz.