A dance-off between rugby star Thando Manana and ex-soccer pro Delron Buckley on Dancing With The Stars SA was the ultimate battle.
But Thando didn’t stand a sporting chance and was booted out of the show when judges Bryan Watson, Debbie Turner, Tebogo Kgobokoe and Jason Gilkison voted to keep Delron in the competition.
Thando and his partner, Michelle Oppenshaw, were dubbed ‘Team Teddy Bear’ because of his gentle giant appearance against the petite Michelle.
It seems the samba was Thando’s downfall. Judge Bryan suggested Thando was “challenged with a very difficult dance, the samba”.
Sunday night was the second time he found himself in the bottom two dance pairs. Two episodes ago (25 February) the twinkle-toed teddy bear beat TV personality Thembisa Mdoda and her partner, Devon Snell, in a gruelling dance-off to survive to the half-way mark.
Before host Chris Jaftha announced the live competition results, the audience was entertained with a Motown medley by Loyiso Bala, Danny K and Lloyd Cele.
Thando thanked his mother in the audience and his partner, saying Michelle has been “phenomenal”.
Viewers have to register at mnet.tv/dwtssavote to participate in the live Dancing With The Stars SA voting. Voting registration opened again at 8pm on Sunday and will close at 4.30pm on Sunday, 18 March.