X-Factor SA: Johannesburg Auditions

One of the world’s biggest and most successful singing competitions, The X Factor, is coming to South African TV screens from 6 September 2014.

Broadcast on SABC 1, the format created by media mogul Simon Cowell, has produced some of the biggest singing sensations today – from Leona Lewis, to One Direction.

The next stop for auditions will take place in Johannesburg, on Saturday 21st June and Sunday 22nd June. The auditions will take place at the The Pyramid Venue, with registration open from 8am and closing at 1pm on both days.

Aspirant contestants can go to xfactor.sabc1.co.za for entry details and online registrations.

Auditions are open to anyone who is over 16 and who is either singing solo or as part of a group. No bands are allowed and groups must have two or more singers.

For the South African winner a recording contract with Sony Music and R300 000.00 prize money awaits at the grand finale in Durban on December 13.

Online auditions for The X Factor have opened; with national location auditions underway.

The X Factor South Africa will be broadcast over 15 weeks – with seven pre recorded shows covering all the drama of the auditions, boot camp and home visits with eight live gala shows from Durban.

The X Factor South Africa is brought to you by SABC 1 in association with the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and produced by Rapid Blue who have successfully produced the format in West Africa.

The next stops for auditions:
– 25 June Nelspruit Mbombela Stadium
– 28 June Pietermaritzburg The Royal Show Grounds.

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V-Mash Bags Role In New Top Soapie!

(PIC) Hard times: V-Mash once slept at a train station as she couldn't afford a measly train ticket

(PIC) Hard times: V-Mash once slept at a train station as she couldn’t afford a measly train ticket

SHE was a woman who brought our TV screens to life, back in the day, when she presented Jam Alley! But in the past decade Vinolia Mashego, aka “V-Mash”, had been reportedly miserable, depressed and even suicidal.
 
Some friends and family turned against her when she was down and out and no longer the most sought-after TV presenter, actress, MC and entertainer.
 
Last year she landed a job as a TV presenter on a live interactive music video show Pls Call Me, alongside the energetic Zanele “Nestum” Nyakale and funny-man Pule Welch.
 
It seems this is the year for V-Mash. She has landed another big role in the popular Mzansi Magic Lokshin soapie, Zabalaza.

The source close to the situation says V-Mash is back with a bang.
 
Our source said: “She was approached by the producers, not the other way around.”

The source added that V-Mash will start shooting soon.
 
“Things have not been going well in the last ten years and she seems to have found God and is back on her feet.
 
“You guys also wrote a story about her hitchhiking and not having money. And that shocked many people. They now want to help her,” the source said.
 
Another insider at Zabalaza said: “It is a prominent role for her and this means that she’s not going to fade away anytime soon.
 
“We’re all happy for her and I hope she keeps her friends in-check this time around because this is a lifeline she will never get anywhere else.”
 
Mzansi Magic’s Bongi Potwelwa told the People’s Paper: “All I can say is that she has a show on Mzansi Magic called, Please Call me.
 
“As for Zabala, I have nothing to say as yet.” – Sunday Sun

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Marc Lottering To Star In Hot New Local Comedy

SABC3 is adding an exciting, new comedy show to its star studded line up. Loitering in Jozi is a half an hour show staring popular comedian Marc Lottering and is due to start airing on Thursday 14 November at 20:00 and will run for 13 episodes.

Funny man Marc Lottering needs little introduction to South African audiences. A regular feature in line-ups for live comedy festivals, he has kept audiences in stitches across the country for the past 15 years.

“We pride ourselves on having best South African talent on our channel and we cannot wait for this hilarious show to begin”, added Risuna Mayimele, Marketing Manager for SABC3.

Marc Lottering plays the lead in this comedy drama series set in the world of Sandton’s elite. He relocates to Johannesburg from Cape Town to pursue his career in the entertainment industry, only to find himself the victim of mistaken identity. This leaves him penniless and homeless. Fortunately, a university roommate (the obsessive compulsive fully grown trust fund baby Alfie) has a spare room, and so the two unlikeliest of friends wind up sharing an apartment.

This Donatello Towers is no ordinary building – the filthy rich live side by side with those who serve them. Marc is the fish-out-of-water in this world of opulence – all he wants is to achieve his dream of becoming a rock star comedian, but at the rate he is going this may take quite a while…

Catch Loitering in Jozi on Thursday 14 November at 20:00 – 20:30 on SABC3.

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Top 16 BAR.ONE Manhunt Contestants Unwrapped

Who has the brains and the brawn to rule them all? The 16 finalists in Nestlé’s BAR.ONE Manhunt have been announced, and all signs point to a tight contest as South Africa’s toughest men slug it out for victory on our TV screens.

Starting exclusively on SABC1 on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 at 21:00, the third season of this reality programme is poised to be more adrenaline-packed and thrill-laden than ever.  

The 16 modern-day Hercules have been selected from across the country for their combination of strength and intelligence, following an intense auditions process.
 
The contest looks set to be a battle royale between Gauteng and the rest of the country, with nine of the 16 hailing from Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds. Four contestants are from Cape Town, two from KwaZulu Natal and one from East London – so will the coast produce the man with the most, or will it be victory for GP?
 
The contestants range in build from big and bulky to small and lean, but they all know that being buff and tough will only get them so far in this competition: they’ll need to man up and face the demanding challenges with as much mental stamina as physical prowess.
 
With occupations ranging from engineer to personal trainer, from policeman to filmmaker, they’re an eclectic bunch – and it’ll be interesting to see where the various friendships and rivalries develop.
 
The BAR.ONE Manhunt, hosted by actor and kwaito star Howza and filmed on location at various exotic local and international destinations, unfolds over 13 turbo-charged episodes, every Tuesday night at 21:00 on SABC1 from 30 July 2013.
 
Contestants will be pitting their skills, wits and endurance against each other in a bid to take home the handsome prizes including R500 000 in cash from Nestle, a Hilux Double Cab – DC 3.0 D4D RB Raider and a Yamaha Grizzly 300 quad bike sponsored by Bidvest.

The top 16 BAR.ONE Manhunt contestants are:
 
1. Fadeen Mia (29) from Benoni

2. Hilkia Jacobs (32) from Johannesburg

3. Jefferson Lan (23) from Oranjezicht, Cape Town

4. Johan Westervelt (27) from Centurion

5. Jonathan Jonkerman (32) from Durban

6. Kimo Abrahams (34) from Woodstock, Cape Town

7. Manqoba Kubheka (25) from Benoni

8. Oz Lupuwana (25) from Craighall Park, Johannesburg

9. Bongs Ndima (29) from Marshalltown, Johannesburg

10. Sibusiso Khomola-ka-James (21) from Morningside, Durban
 
11. Smith Mangena (37) from Soweto 

12. Steven Michelsen (28) from Llandudno, Cape Town

13. Johannes Mapalakanye (28) from Kaalfontein, Midrand

14. Zwelandile Magaya (35) from Dorchester Heights, East London

15. Scotty Boyden (27) from Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

16. Teboho Malatola (24) from Vosloorus
 
BAR.ONE Manhunt is produced for Nestlé BAR.ONE by the powerhouse production company Rapid Blue. 

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Isidingo Does 67 Minutes Of Action On Mandela Day

Cast members from Isidingo, the hit SABC3 daily drama were joined by some members of the South African National Defence Force to celebrate the biggest Mandela Day ever by making the lives of sexually abused, battered, abandoned and HIV positive children that much happier and brighter.
  
Keketso Semoko, Linda Sokhulu, Kgomotso Christopher, Vusi Kunene and Mary-Anne Barlow gave up more than 67 minutes of their time to donate a substantial amount of much needed groceries to the C.H.A.N.C.E centre and spend time with the children.

C.H.A.N.C.E Children’s Home and Nurturing Centre located in Dunnottar, Springs provides shelter, food and protection for 90 children. The centre also counsels and gives support to families affected by the HIV virus; as well as giving workshops to the community regarding HIV.

The cast donned their working overalls to give the centre a much needed make over by helping clean up the grounds and painting the 9 houses on the grounds that comprise the centre.

“This iconic day reminds us that we all have a duty and obligation to care for those around us that are less fortunate”, says Risuna Mayimele, SABC3 Marketing Manager.

“We hope that our activities here at C.H.A.N.C.E. will draw attention to this centre and the incredible work they do with very limited resources.

“Ultimately the aim is to improve the lives of those cared for by the centre,” adds Mayimele.

Mayimele further explained that the 67 minutes Mandela Day activity is not a once off but actually forms part of a greater whole.

“It is part of the Isidingo Sakho campaign – a social responsibility programme that fulfils the needs of less fortunate South Africans. We will be outlining more Isidingo Sakho activities in the not too distant future,” concludes Mayimele.

Isidingo is celebrating its 15th birthday and SABC3 will broadcast the very first episode of the popular soapie tomorrow, Friday 19 July at 8pm.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING GUYS COME OUT TO PLAY

While episode two of Strictly Come Dancing may not have been an elimination round, it has certainly set the stage for a fiery and explosive season of this scintillating series going forward.

With Graeme Richards and Lindsey Muckle in pole position, the veneer of niceties has been removed and the spirit of competition has hit home for everyone. Bottom of the log Damon Kalvari and Hayley Hammond face a week of anxiety and much reflection as they plot their survival in the competition.

This state of affairs comes after a drama filled second episode when it was the turn of male celebrities and their partners to light up the dance floor with their unique and signature moves and be judged accordingly by the strict judging panel.

Scored on their individual dances in the first episode, this week the female celebrities had fun doing their group dance, the Tango – much to the delight of the studio audience and judges.

On the other hand, the Foxtrot (suave and sophisticated) and the Cuban dance, the Rumba (smooth and sensuous) provided a rather peculiar challenge for the men. 

Experts say while the Foxtrot is a great dance for beginners, it’s long, gliding and brushing actions must evoke grace and beauty. For the Rumba on the other hand mastering the hip action to present something sensual and romantic does the trick.

Here is how they did.

Kicking things off was funny man Mpho Popps with partner Nombulelo Hlathi with a smooth, very well-rehearsed and crowd pleasing interpretation of the Rumba that set the tone for a very competitive evening.

Following a short Foxtrot demo, popular Durban based musician and entertainer L’vovo took to the stage partnered by Mary Martins in what was the most eagerly anticipated routine of the evening. True to form, L’vovo had the ball room on its feet with a gangster infused version of the elegant Foxtrot dance which despite the low score, has put him amongst the early favourites for the overall title judging by the reception received from the crowd in attendance.

With the bar raised to dizzying heights, the next couple was radio man Damon Kalvari and partner Hayley Hammond. Being a previous winner of the show, Hammond took the challenge by the scruff of the neck and put in an impressive performance with a visibly tiring Damon that received a good public response.

The Foxtrot was back on centre stage as TV presenter Graeme Richards and partner Lindsey Muckle displayed a very smooth, continuous and progressive dance characterised by flowing movements across the dance floor, much to the crowd’s delight. This well executed routine got the deserved thumbs up from the judging panel and sees them lead the pack as front runners for the title.

Rounding off the entertaining night were early favourites for the title, Thapelo Mokoena with talented partner Hayley Bennet, another former winner of the show. These two certainly lived up to their billing with a very rhythmic and themed Rumba routine that impressed all and sundry with its cohesiveness and execution.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on SABC 3 Wednesdays from 20:00 to 22:00.

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SABC 1 To Rebroadcast The Glitz And Glam Of MTN SAMA 19

Mzansi’s favourite channel, SABC 1, will rebroadcast the sensational MTN SAMA 19 event. The 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards which took place at the Sun City Superbowl on 11 May will air on Saturday, 1 June at 8pm.

MTN SAMA 19 was a night sprinkled with highlights; for the first time ever, the MTN Record of the Year went to a gospel singer, Sifiso Ncwane for the hit song; Kulungile Baba. Lira performed on the MTN SAMA stage in what has been hailed as an iconic moment in the history on South African music with Zahara dethroning DJ Cleo in the digital downloads section.

The three hour show saw some inimitable collaborations from stars like Zonke and Kabomo, Khaya Mthethwa with Proverb and DJ Vetkoek & Mahoota featuring the hilarious dancer and show stopper Dr Malinga among others.

If you want to catch all the glitz and glamour of the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards again, be sure to tune in to SABC 1 on Saturday, 1 June at 8pm.

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