Bridget Masinga, Nkuli Tshirumbula, Slikour, Stanton Fredericks, Gary Botha, Jason Goliath, Leigh-Anne Williams, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Pearl Modiadie and Sureshnie Rider will put their dancing shoes on this Friday when the 8th season of Strictly Come Dancing SA starts at 19:30 on SABC3.
Zandile Nkonyeni, SABC TV head publicist didn't respond to a media enquiry about the reality dance format show starting in just four days and the broadcaster failed to released any information to the press a week ahead of time, but I can reveal, according to several SABC sources, that this season will include celebrity contestants ranging from a soccer star and a comedian to TV presenters, a musician and a soap star.
Contrary to TV biz rumours, socialiste Pearl Thusi will definitely not be a part of this season of Strictly Come Dancing SA which is once again produced by production company Rapid Blue, although SABC1's Zaziwa presenter and 5FM DJ Pearl Modiadie will be dancing.
The successful and dynamic presenting duo of Katlego Maboe and Roxy Burger will both be back for the show which is ditching the Saturday elimination episode from this season and condensing the format to Friday nights for both the live dance performances and the evictions.
Kicking off the new season on Friday night on SABC3, and starting off with waltzing and cha cha-ing across the dance floor will be former Bafana Bafana and national under-23 midfield soccer player Stanton "Stiga" Fredericks, Expresso presenter Leigh-Anne Williams, comedian Jason Goliath, SABC2 Muvhango soap star Nkuli Tshirumbula and TV presenter Bridget Masinga.
The former Springbok rugby player and Bulls hooker Gary Botha is also dancing and according to sources who've seen him "putting in 120%".
Also forming a part of the new group are singers Slikour and Karlien van Jaarsveld.
Although she's already one of the busiest people working in South Africa’s electronic entertainment industry, 5FM DJ Sureshnie Rider, has somehow rejigged her incredibly full diary to fit in hours of dancing rehearsals and the Friday dance floor spectaculars.
According to sources who've seen it, Friday's debut episode of the 8th season of Strictly Come Dancing on SABC3 will also include a spectacular group dance, choreographed by Tebogo Kgobokoe.