BBC Worldwide and M-NET South Africa are bringing back Dancing with the Stars South Africa.
The dancing competition was previously licensed in South Africa by the SABC, which stopped airing its version back in 2014. The hit format will be produced for M-NET by BBC Worldwide’s production partner Rapid Blue. It is scheduled to air in February 2018 on M-Net 101. The South African version of the hit series will be co-hosted by radio and television presenter Tracey Lange and musical theater actor and model Chris Jaftha.
“M-Net is leaping with excitement about creating this glitzy, classy and fun show for the enjoyment of our viewers,” said M-Net’s head of publicity, Lani Lombard. “Dancing with the Stars oozes all of the glamour, drama, and magical moments that M-Net 101 has become known for and Tracey and Chris are the perfect pair to host the fast-paced live broadcasts.
“They are both seasoned professionals who love the razzle-dazzle of showbiz. But they are also witty and sassy and have a wonderful on-screen chemistry that will make everyone feel at home.”
“I can’t begin to describe my excitement at the thought of being part of a show of this stature,” Lange added. “Hosting Dancing with the Stars SA is better than a dream come true and I feel that it’s made for me: a show that entertains and allows us to make people happy through the magic of dance. Viewers will also get to glimpse a side of our favorite local celebrities that we never get to see.”
Jaftha commented: “I’m thrilled to be a part of what is to be a first for M-Net and a format that has entertained audiences across the globe for years. I still don’t think we’ve grasped how big it’s going to be! And I can’t wait to be working with my co-host Tracey Lange.”
Joel Churcher, the VP and general manager for BBC Worldwide for Africa, said: “Dancing with the Stars is one of the most successful international television formats in the world and has been licensed to over 50 countries from Sweden to Brazil. We are thrilled to be able to take our biggest global format to a large South African audience through this new agreement with M-Net, the perfect home for the most glitzy and glamorous competition on television which is sure to take SA by storm.”