5FM's Damon dumped from Strictly

2013-08-08 11:06
Strictly Come Dancing Damon Kalvari
Cape Town - It was just a matter of time. After miraculously surviving 2 weeks on SABC3's Strictly Come Dancing due to public voter support, 5FM producer Damon Kalvari was sent packing, leaving just seven celeb couples behind to dance it out for the title.

Thanks to effective campaigning from Gareth Cliff, whose morning radio show Damon produces, and fans, Damon was able to stay in the competition despite admitting to being one of the more uncoordinated dancers in the competition.

His professional partner Hayley Hammond tried her best to get Damon to make the most of his two left feet, but Damon admitted that it was a relief for him to exit the show and get back to his normal routine.

The judges were especially tough to please this week, demanding more sizzle, intensity and technique and dealing harsh words for pedestrian performances. Poor Damon got the sharpest end of the stick after his dancing was described as "stomping".

More 'va va voom'

Emotions played a big part in this week's competition with the return of Connie Ferguson, who missed last week's show due to the death of her mother. She and partner Brandon Eilers put on a spirited Rumba performance that paid tribute to her late mother.

Crowd-pleasers Jay Antsey and Tsholo Moholwane opened the show and gave the judges their best performance yet… but more "va va voom" was demanded of them.

Fresh from their dance off survival last week, Graeme Richards and Lindsey Muckle took on the Jive and brought the house down. The judges praised their energy and intensity.

Lalla Hirayama and Grant Esterhuizen, already the favourites for the Strictly Come Dancing season 6 title, delivered once again and produced a performance described as "exquisite" by the judges.

Crowd favourites Thapelo Mokoena and Hayley Bennet entertained again with a rousing musical performance – but the judges still wanted to see more.

Poor form from Popps

Overall leaders and surprise package Zakeeya Patel and Ryan Hammond had the judges eating out of the palm of their hand with a performance that looked like potential finalists in action.

Closing off the evening was a poor performance by duo of funny man Mpho Popps and Nombulelo Hlathi with a Foxtrot that disappointed the judges who didn't hold back as they gave the couple a tongue lashing.

But for many viewers it was dismaying to see the entertainingly awkward Damon leave the show, and many took to Twitter to share their disappointment:

* Strictly Come Dancing airs Wednesdays on SABC 3 from 20:00 to 22:00. Viewers can get talking about the show on Twitter using #SABC3Strictly.

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