Khanyi Mbua exit from Strictly Come Dancing raises eyebrows

2014-08-28 09:03
Johannesburg - Following the elimination of Khanyi Mbau whose dancing always wowed the judges and viewers on Strictly Come Dancing, the judging and voting process of the show has come under scrutiny from social media and cynics in the media.
SABC3 confirms that the Strictly Come Dancing votes are totally accurate - they are audited throughout the show - the auditors sit next to the producers who tally the scores as they come in.
The show boasts a highly credible panel of judges which include Tebogo Kgobokoe, Michael Wentink and Samantha Peo, whose professional dance experience spans over several decades combined and they have each collected accolades throughout their dancing career.

While some contestants like Khanyi Mbau may always enjoy tremendous support on social media, sadly this does not always reflect in the voting numbers.
In her case, the judges were faced with a tough situation in the dance-off and while they scored Khanyi lower than usual but still higher than John; it would appear that the specific performance in the dance-off didn’t do it for them.
Speaking on the kind of person Khanyi was on set, Executive Producer for Strictly Come Dancing, Kee-Leen Irvine of Rapid Blue says:
"Khanyi has been an exemplary contestant, hardworking, committed and such fun to have on the show. In getting to know her, I developed a very strong respect for her. She exited very graciously from the show and received my disappointment and commiserations in a very gracious manner. I totally understand and empathise with her disappointment as she put a lot of work into this - many, many hours."
This is how the judging and voting process works on Strictly Come Dancing:
- The public is prompted to vote contestants to remain "in" the show instead of being "voted off" the show.
- The rules clearly state the closing time for valid votes and any votes (SMS'ES) received after the closing time do not count. All contestants are subjected to the same rule.
- Judges votes count for 50% and viewer votes count for another 50 %.
- The combined scores and viewer votes determine the couples’ points for the night.
- If two couples end up with the same number of points, the couple with the higher viewer votes escapes the dance-off.
- In the event of a dance off, the judges decide totally independently on who wins the dance-off and it's solely based on that specific performance only. No public votes are considered at this stage, as the voting lines are already closed.
Strictly SA is broadcast on SABC3 every Friday at 20:00 and the results show on Saturdays at 19:00 after the 18:30 news.

Channel24 tried to contact Khanyi Mbau for a comment but she couldn't be reached.

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