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Derek Watts has SA amused with his dance moves.
Images via YouTube screenshot: CastleLite

Derek Watts the dazzling dancer: Remember these moves? [watch]

RIP! The late Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts had Mzansi amused with his ‘cringe-fest’ dance moves in a popular TV ad. Take a look…

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Derek Watts has SA amused with his dance moves.
Images via YouTube screenshot: CastleLite

Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts has sadly passed after a year’s battle with cancer. While we remember him for breaking some of the biggest stories in South Africa, we also fondly recall those cringe dance moves that had us howling with laughter!

On Tuesday, 22 August, friends and family announced the death of the veteran investigative journalist. He was 74 years old.

ALSO READ: Derek says Castle Lite ad was in jest: ‘I’m a boring person’

RIP DEREK WATTS

On Tuesday, “RIP Derek Watts” topped the Twitter trends following the news of his death.

A statement by Carte Blanche read: “It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of Carte Blanche anchor and icon, Derek Watts. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning surrounded by loved ones.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and children in this time of loss”

DANCE MOVES THAT HAD US IN STITCHES

With news of Derek Watt’s passing, many have recalled some of his biggest TV moments. That includes a cameo appearance in Castle Lite’s beer advertisement back in September 2022.

In the sketch, the well-known face is seen visiting a bar after having a rough day. He said in it: “I’ve been on TV for 38 years and people think I’m this really serious guy. Maybe I am serious, but the world is a serious place”.

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Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts had tweeps in stitches over his dance moves in a Castle Lite advertisement. Image via Twitter @CastleLiteSA

ALSO READ: ‘Cringe fest!’: Derek Watts mocked over dance moves [watch]

In a typical barman vs patron scene, Derek is then handed a beer – a Castle Lite – to “drown his sorrows”.

After one sip, his mood is instantly uplifted and the presenter then hits the dance floor to let loose. But despite being mocked for his moves on social media, Derek Watts was keen to accept the offer from Castle Lite.

He told The Citizen at the time “When I first heard of the concept of the ad I wondered to myself what they might have seen in me as I can be quite a boring person.

“It made me think about my job and how I interact with other people, whether at the shops or in a restaurant.”

He added of his “cringe-fest” dance moves: “While it’s not Strictly Come Dancing I got to do a few moves and had a ton of fun while I was at it.”