Monday, January 29, 2018

Viewers will have to register to vote for Dancing with the Stars SA on M-Net - here is how the registration process and voting will work.

To vote in M-Net's new Dancing with the Stars South Africa starting on Sunday 4 February at 17:00, viewers will have to register to vote before the show starts, with only registered voters who will be allowed to cast votes for their favourite dancing couple during the Sunday evening episodes.

M-Net (DStv 101) says viewers can now start to register to vote at with registration that is only needed once. Registration will close on a Sunday at 16:30, but people who don't register, will get more chances to register after a specific week's results show has ended.

Only registered voters will be able to cast votes during the Sunday live shows that is produced by Rapid Blue. Voting will take place during the live show every Sunday, and open at 17:00 and close at 19:15.

M-Net says it decided on a registered voting system to make the process more secure and to enable a live results show later the same evening of which the voting tally is secure and above suspicion.

Registered voters will be able to cast votes - up to 100 - during the vote period, with voting for Dancing with the Stars SA that can be done through mobile devices and the web.

To register for Dancing with the Stars SA, people must visit and click on "register". People must enter their cellphone number in the international format, for instance +27731234567 and a preferred password.

A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent through SMS that people must enter to verify the registration process. Voting will be free but data costs will apply.

Voting for the show happens on the same site, where people, after they've registered, can simply sign in and then select the couple(s) they want to vote for.

Voting on Dancing with the Stars SA will be a combination of the audience voting and the judges' score - a 50/50 split.

Viewers will be able to vote between 17:00 and 19:15 after which no more votes will be counted. The voting verification process will run between 19:15 and 19:50 with the results that will be announced during the live Dancing with the Stars SA results show on M-Net between 20:00 and 20:30 on Sunday nights.

M-Net's schedule from Sunday evening will look like this until the live finale at the end of April:

17:00 Dancing with the Stars SA live performance show
19:00 Carte Blanche
20:00 Dancing with the Stars SA live results show
20:30 Sunday night movie

Eliminations will start from the third episode of Dancing with the Stars SA on Sunday 18 February.

M-Net says once the elimination process starts, someone will definitely be going home and leave the show on a weekly basis. 

M-Net says that in case there is an electronic problem and the voting technology or internet fail during episodes, that the production does have a back-up plan ready but isn’t going to reveal how that will work unless something happens.

"We're encouraging viewers not to wait until the last minute to register," says Lani Lombard, M-Net's head of publicity.

"To make it easier for our viewers, pre-registration opened today and if you get onto the all-important Dancing With The Stars SA voting roll before the first episode on Sunday 4 February at 16:30, you stand a chance to win a fabulous VIP experience to the show’s finale. So, get those fingers tapping."