It’s been an incredible debut season of Dancing With The Stars South Africa and after weeks of intense rehearsals, dazzling live shows and shocking evictions, singer/songwriter Connell Cruise and his partner Marcella Solimeo took home the glitter ball trophy!

Since the very beginning of the competition, Connell and Marcella were a favourite with both the judges and the viewers at home and despite finding himself in the bottom two last week, the pair bounced back and proved they have what it takes to be the conquerors of the dance floor. The pair beat fierce contenders actress Zola Nombona and partner Tebogo Mashilo and soap star and model Eden Classens and his partner Ash-Leigh Hunter in a jam-packed, dazzling two hour live show.

Judges Jason Gilkison, Tebogo Kgobokoe, Debbie Turner and Bryan Watson gave Connell and Marcella high scores the entire season and all agreed that the team was the most consistent in the competition.

This tops off a great week for Connell who also received a South African Music Award nomination in the Best Pop category for his latest record ‘Barely Breathing’.

Connell was overwhelmed after winning the show and was ecstatic that all his hard work paid off. “#TeamCruiseControl, this [win] is yours! You’ve been with us from the beginning. We love you and we are so grateful,” Connell said shortly after winning. “I am so happy. We were waiting for this so long. This is just a dream.”

The show-stopping finale saw the final three perform three incredible performances and the season’s eliminated contestants returned with a bang as well. Bringing the musical highlights of the night were none other than The Voice SA winner Craig Lucas, South African singing sensation Claire Johnson and multiple SAMA-winning legends Mafikizolo!

The season has been extremely successful and we’re waiting with baited breath for season two. Congrats, Connell and Marcella!

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