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New season of Strictly Come Dancing coming soon

2013-09-13 07:33
Johannesburg - Strictly Come Dancing will be back for a 7th season on SABC3 very soon.

The next Strictly Come Dancing on SABC3 will be announced very soon following the successful revival of the international dance floor format show on South African television.

The 6th season which just concluded with Zakeeya Patel and Ryan Hammond taking the glitter ball home, saw real-life love blossom between two pairs of contestants: the winning couple Patel and Hammond who are very much in love, as well as the Expresso presenter Graeme Richards and dance instructor Lindsey Muckle who also found love on the dance floor.

"Season seven of Strictly Come Dancing is coming soon," said Risuna Mayimele, SABC3's marketing manager. "This was of course the first year for the show on SABC3."

"I know that for about five years there was no Strictly Come Dancing on South African television but it will be back very soon because it has been very successful for the channel."

"From the reaction from viewers we've clearly been sorely missed and I'm so glad to be back on air. And I hope to be back on air with a new 7th season soon," said Kee-Leen Irvine, the managing director of Rapid Blue and the executive producer of Strictly Come Dancing.

Besides Strictly revived on SABC3, Rapid Blue is responsible for new seasons of TV hits SA's Got Talent on as well as Come Dine with Me South Africa on DStv's BBC Entertainment channel.

Global record … in mishaps

South Africa’s 6th season of the show broke a global record: the most accidents, mishaps and sadness for a single season anywhere in the world of this dance floor format reality show.

"Strictly Come Dancing started with Graeme Richards in a car accident on his way to the very first rehearsal," says Irvine.

"Then Grant Esterhuizen had an accident. Then Jay Anstey hurt her back. Then Connie Ferguson's mom passed away. Then Mpho Popps got food poisoning – and I'm sure one of the other dancers had something to do with that," she joked.

"L'Vovo sprained his ankle, Kuli Roberts was running a fever that was higher than her number of followers on Twitter. So we've decided that the theme song for this season of Strictly Come Dancing is I'm a Survivor.”

New shows and advice

At SABC3's Strictly Come Dancing after party held on Thursday night at Kong in Rosebank, contestant Damon Kalvari trashed the amateur new 24-hour TV channel ANN7 (DStv 405) in his speech, saying he was approach by an ANN7 presenter and camera team "calling me Mister De Niro" and imploring "GuptaTV" – as the mistake-riddled news channel on DStv has become known – “to please continue to make us laugh".

Following her dazzling win, Patel immediately fell in on set with her new on-screen role in SABC1's new political TV drama series End Game which will broadcast from October for 13 episodes. Hammond isn't sleeping in either.

"I'm starting a new show in Durban in the Playhouse called Shall We Dance?, there's 80 in the cast and it’s for 11 days. Then I'll be teaching at our studio in Pretoria and that's what I usually do – I teach a lot of couples for their weddings and young champions to be professionals, and doing some corporate work,” he told Channel24.

The happy dance couple both had advice for contestants of the upcoming 7th season of Strictly Come Dancing on SABC3.

"I would say to the professionals make sure you have a good team behind you," he said. “The team is important. Don't be scared to ask and don't be too proud to ask other people for assistance and advice."

"You need the support of your family and your team. To the celebrities I would say you really need to trust your professional partner. That was the secret of Zakeeya's success. She allowed me to put my vision into practice and she trusted me with everything and you need to trust your professional partner.”

Patel's advice to celebrities forming part of the new season is "work hard. Keep your head down and your eye on the prize and it's yours."

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