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Somizi joins Idols family

Posted by radio On February - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most flamboyant and successful choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, has joined the Idols SA judging panel.

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Somgaga – as he is fondly known amongst his many fans – will be the fourth judge alongside veteran Idols SA judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff for the eleventh season of South Africa’s biggest TV talent competition, it was announced at the first day of auditions today at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

 

Want to audtition for Idols? Find out more about where and how to do this on the official Idols website.

 

This is the first time since founding judge Dave Thompson left the show at the end of Season 5 (2009) that Idols SA has a four-person Idols panel.

 

“I literally couldn’t sleep last night!” an excited Somizi said just before he was introduced to the big crowd of wannabe Idols stars, who waited in anticipation to find out who this year’s judges would be. “I’ve never had a wedding but I imagine it feels a little like this. I’ve known about this for about two months already and I didn’t tell a soul,” he continued, “not even Unathi, and we’ve been working on her music video together every day!”

 

Somizi became a quick favourite with the Idols viewers when he mentored the Top 6 for the Idols SA Season 10 “Showstoppers” episode last year. “Somizi is pure showbiz – he understands what it takes for a performer to really engage an audience, over and above just the music,” Idols SA producer/director Gavin Wratten said today. “That’s why we think his perspective will be an invaluable perspective in the judging process.”

 

“I will be judging the ‘razzmatazz’,” Somizi explains. “Contestants are warned: from now on a good voice alone isn’t enough anymore – I’m going to want contestants who have showmanship!”

 

“Gareth, Randall and Unathi are a fantastic judging team,” M-Net Head of Publicity Lani Lombard noted, “but we thought it would be valuable to add some extra ‘zing’ this year with South Africa’s ‘king of bling’.”

 

Somizi Mhlongo was born into Mzansi showbiz, as the son of the late comedian Ndaba Mhlongo and veteran actress Mary Twala. He has been at the vanguard of South African entertainment for many years, in musical theatre and also as the choreographer of choice for music videos and live productions, including the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards and the Miss South Africa pageant. He has also served as a talent show judge for two seasons of Dance Your Butt Off.

 

Idols SA Season 11 officially kicked off at the State Theatre in Pretoria this weekend. The next audition session be in Cape Town at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World on Saturday 7 February, and thereafter the Idols team will scour talent at The Playhouse in Durban. The KZN auditions take place on Saturday 21 February. The final auditions for Idols SA Season 11 will take place at Carnival City East of Johannesburg on Saturday 1 March.

 

Contestants should be South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 to enter Idols SA 11, and South Africa’s aspiring superstars are urged to remember their ID documents at the auditions. Underage contestants have to be accompanied by their parents.

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M-Net brings you Power Couple SA

Posted by radio On January - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net  is bringing TV fans yet another first! In 2015, viewers will fall in love with a brand-new format, Power Couple.

 

M-Net 101 will be the first English-language channel in the world to produce Power Couple – already a  ratings success story in Israel and Portugal, and currently in production in Brazil.

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“Power Couple is a revolutionary concept that combines all the elements needed for compelling television,” says Victor Eckard, M-Net’s Director for M-Net 101 and M-Net Edge. “There will be romance, drama, action, adventure and loads of suspense in this unique feel-good series with traces of  Fear Factor, Big Brother and  game show-type challenges which could yield massive cash rewards for the contestants. It’s all very exciting and we’re thrilled to lead the international pack again by bringing our viewers a fresh format that we believe will soon take the world by storm.”

 

Power Couple will test the relationships of eight couples, who will move into a luxurious villa somewhere in Cape Town. These couples will compete at thrilling, nerve-wracking challenges, during which they have to illustrate how much they know, trust or love their partners. Based on the outcome of these tasks, two couples will be up for elimination each week and the others will decide whom they would like to keep in the game.

 

These tough, spectacular challenges – which will sometimes include high-adrenaline action adventures – will allow the couples to accumulate thousands of Rands by betting on whether their loved one will be able to complete a task, without  knowing how much their partner has invested in their ability to succeed. If they get it right, the money will be added to their kitty – but if the partner fails, the money will be subtracted from the amount they carry through to the end of the show.

 

“It could be far more than a million rand,” says Eckard. “But also take note, becoming SA’s first Power Couple will be about more than being brave and courageous in the challenges. You’ll have to use your EQ and IQ to ensure that the other couples don’t get rid of you, while strategising to stay ahead of the others at all times.”

 

If you want to become South Africa’s first Power Couple, do take note that auditions will start soon. The audition dates and venues are as follows:

 

14 February – The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, Cape Town

18 February – Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

28 February – Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg

 

But who is eligible to enter and what will the producers be looking for?

 

“You have to be older than 21 and a South African citizen, willing to do crazy and wild things for love,” says Handrie Basson from Afrokaans, who’re producing the show for M-Net 101. “We’ll be looking for diverse, interesting and outgoing people who believe that they’re a winning pair – whether they’ve been married for yonks or at the very start of a relationship.”

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Idols 11 auditions are here

Posted by radio On January - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s biggest TV show powers into its 11th season at the end of January after shattering records in Season 10 last year, with over 20 million votes cast across the duration of the season – a 173% increase on Season 9 figures!

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“Viewer response to the historic tenth season of Idols SA was phenomenal,” says Lani Lombard, Head of Publicity at M-Net. “We believe that the new season is going to be a show-stopper as well with surprises lined up from the word ‘go’. It’s exciting to think that the country’s new singing sensation will be somewhere in a long queue at the nationwide auditions.”

 

Lives will start to change again at the end of this month, when Idols SA Season 11 kicks off with auditions at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Saturday, 31 January, followed by Cape Town auditions on the weekend of Saturday 7 February at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Durban auditions from Saturday 21 February at The Playhouse and the final auditions at Carnival City from Sunday 1 March.

 

Contestants should be South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 to enter Idols SA 11, and South Africa’s aspiring superstars are urged to remember their ID documents at the auditions. Underage contestants have to be accompanied by their parent

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Big Brother Mzansi 2 hunt starts next week

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Big Brother Mzansi returns for another season following the outstanding success of last year’s show, which saw beloved spaza shop owner Mandla Hlatshwayo walk away with fame, fortune and romance! And of course, in true Biggie style, there’s a twist…this year you can either audition as an individual, or with a partner.

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Now the hunt is on for Mzansi Magic‘s 24/7 live reality TV series, Big Brother Mzansi 2.  Think you’ve got what it takes?  If you are bold enough, brave enough, smart and savvy enough to take on the challenge, a spot may await you in Big Brother’s house.

 

“Big Brother Mzansi allows us as a channel to tap our audience’s engagement – specifically in the social networking space. It’s a double-win for our viewers – great viewing today drives great viewing in the future. This show is an entertainment dream, packed with action, drama, romance and humour,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

 

If you are a citizen/legal resident of South Africa and 21 years of age or older (as of 01 January 2015), then you can audition for the show. This year auditions will take place simultaneously in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015.

 

Auditions in Durban will be held at the BAT Centre (45 Maritime Place); in Cape Town at the Cape Town Lodge (101 Buitengracht Street) and in Johannesburg at The Pyramid Venue in Eloff Street. Registration starts at 08:00 and closes at 15:00 CAT on both audition days. If you are registered by 15:00 CAT you will be auditioned. Remember that auditions are on a first come/first serve basis and you must bring a valid South African ID document with you.

 

If you are wondering what the prize money is, the answer is that it won’t be less than R1 million, and it could be as high as a mouthwatering R2 million! That’s all Biggie is saying for now.

 

So if you think you and your best friend will wow the Big Brother selection team, then make sure you are both at the auditions together. You can pair up with anyone…your brother, sister, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbour, gym buddy, golf partner, work mate… anyone you want – as long as they meet the entry requirements and want to participate.

 

Big Brother Mzansi 2 starts on Sunday 29 March 2015 on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) running for 56 days until the Finale in May.

 

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Big Brother Mzansi 2 auditions are here!

Posted by radio On January - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Big Brother Mzansi returns for another season following the outstanding success of last year’s show, which saw beloved spaza shop owner Mandla Hlatshwayo walk away with fame, fortune and romance!

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Now the hunt is on for the stars of Mzansi Magic‘s 24/7 live reality TV series, Big Brother Mzansi 2. Think you have what it takes? If you are bold enough, brave enough, smart and savvy enough to take on the challenge, a spot may await you in Big Brother’s house.

 

“Big Brother Mzansi allows us as a channel to tap our audience’s engagement – specifically in the social networking space. It’s a double-win for our viewers – great viewing today drives great viewing in the future. This show is an entertainment dream, packed with action, drama, romance and humour,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

 

If you are a citizen/legal resident of South Africa and are 21 years of age or older (as of 1 January 2015), then you can audition for the show. This year auditions will take place simultaneously in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg on Saturday, 31 January and Sunday, 1 February 2015.

 

Auditions in Durban will be held at the BAT Centre (45 Maritime Place); in Cape Town at the Cape Town Lodge (101 Buitengracht Street) and in Johannesburg at The Pyramid Venue in Eloff Street. Registration starts at 08:00 and closes at 15:00 on both audition days. If you are registered by 15:00 you will be auditioned. Remember that auditions are on a first come/first serve basis and you must bring a valid South African ID document with you.

 

If you are wondering what the prize money is, the answer is that it won’t be less than R1 million, and it could be as high as a mouthwatering R2 million! That’s all Biggie is saying for now.

 

As always, there’s a twist…this year you can either audition as an individual, or with a partner.

 

So if you think you and your best friend will wow the Big Brother selection team, then make sure you are both at the auditions together. You can pair up with anyone – your brother, sister, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbour, gym buddy, golf partner, work mate – you want as long as they meet the entry requirements and want to participate.

 

Big Brother Mzansi 2 starts on Sunday, 29 March 2015 on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) running for 56 days until the Finale in May.

 

The show will be filmed at Red Pepper Studios in Johannesburg. To get more information on the show keep checking the Mzansi Magic website for updates. You can also follow @BBMzansi on Twitter or visit the Facebook page.

 

 

 

[Source:Dstv]

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StarSat Pay-TV making inroads in soccer

Posted by radio On January - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On Digital Media’s (ODM’s) StarSat satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa, is pleased to announce that it has obtained exclusive production and broadcasting rights for the Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup between German Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg and local club Ajax Cape Town on 14 January 2015, live from Cape Town Stadium at 19:00, on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241.

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Currently in second place on the Bundesliga table, Wolfsburg will also battle it out with South Africa’s Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on the 18th January at 16:00.

 

The live action does not end here. StarSat has also acquired the rights to broadcast two other Bundesliga friendly games being played in Florida in the USA. The Florida Cup features two Bundesliga teams and two Brazilian football teams and the games dovetail nicely with the South African games. Fans will be able to view these games also on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241.

 

Commenting on this, Gary Rathbone, StarTimes Head of Sport said, “One of the first major acquisitions for 2015, for StarTimes/StarSat has been the rights to one of the world’s most exciting and successful leagues – the German Bundesliga. To give our viewers a taste of what they can expect, we will be doing the live broadcasts of the current tour of South Africa by Bundesliga team Wolfsburg, something we are exceptionally proud to have achieved.

Wolfsburg are currently second in this highly competitive league, and this will be a great chance for our subscribers to see live football of the highest quality, on StarTimes Sports 2 , when they tackle two great PSL sides, Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United.”

 

“We are also pleased to announce that not only will we be producing the Wolfsburg games live in South Africa, but we will also be broadcasting the Florida Cup – featuring Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln against two giants of the Brazilian game – Corinthians and Fluminense. So we have week of great live football ahead for our subscribers, featuring the best of German, Brazilian and South African football. I believe this is the start of plenty of great football to come,” concluded Rathbone.

 

StarSat will be the exclusive broadcaster of all the German Bundesliga games in South Africa. Football fans can look forward to all of the football action when the 2015/2016 season of the Bundesliga kicks off in August 2015.

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Mzansi brings the love back

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A brand new home-grown reality show is coming to Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161, on Sunday, 11 January at 17:30 and it’s all set to put the love into 2015.

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Simply titled Love Back, the latest addition to the channel’s growing slate of hugely popular local reality shows is based on the proposition that someone who has ever lost the love of their life can get a shot at winning their hearts back!

 

Hosted by multi-talented Thomas Gumede, who adds a light twist to the show and gives some heartfelt support as the former lover seeks to reconcile. Love Back promises to have viewers hooked on the heart-wrenching stories behind the break-ups and make-ups. The show is based around those individuals who still feel inescapably pulled towards each other, even though one half of the former couple hasn’t quite realised it yet!

 

Mzansi Magic viewers will have the opportunity to start the new year in the company of some seriously love struck individuals.

 

“Love Back aims to create the circumstances for reconciliation and romance. We hope that this show will give the broken-hearted a chance to rekindle the flame that they had with the person who they believe is the love of their life,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

 

Love Back will be filmed across South Africa with the aim to show how people overcome the obstacles that might be holding back a perfect couple from getting together again.

 

The tension is going to be high in Mzansi’s Loveland come Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 17:30 as Love Back debuts on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161!

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MTN FrontRow launched: watch what you love

Posted by radio On December - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Yesterday was a mega day for MTN: as they officially launched  MTN FrontRow,  premium entertainment network that brings you all the TV series and movies you love, even if you’re not an MTN subscriber – and you could get the first month FREE.

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You won’t even have to install a dish, buy a box or take out a bank loan. From only R179 a month, you can sign up to MTN FrontRow Club and play our content instantly at any time via your browser on your computer or mobile device, or on our Android app (an iOS version is coming soon!). You can even stream to your TV via your devices.

 

And once you have subscribed, you can rent brand-new blockbuster movies and more from only R15 a film on MTN FrontRow Premiere even before they’re added to the main catalogue.

 

But what would convenience and a great price be without exceptional content? As an exclusive offer on MTN FrontRow Club for the launch, you can view the thrilling pirate adventure series Black Sails, from executive producer Michael Bay (the brains behind Transformers, Bad Boys and Pearl Harbor). It’s a hard-hitting tale: those of you who love the grown-up drama of Game of Thrones will get hooked on Black Sails too.

 

If you get seasick easily, fear not: on MTN FrontRow Premiere, you can rent How to Train Your Dragon 2 – a sure-fire hit for the whole family – and, fresh off the cinema circuit, Guardians of the Galaxy, the gung-ho space adventure that ruled the box office this year.

That’s just a tiny taste of the thousands of TV series and movies in our catalogue, which stretches from today’s hits to all your favourite classics that you can now watch over and over again.

 

Ready to try out MTN FrontRow? Simply visit our website and sign up for the special launch offer of R179 a month for all you can watch, or pay R399 a month and we’ll throw in a full 10GB of streaming data – that’s about 28 hours of viewing on us.

Even better, the first 1,000 subscribers on MTNFrontRow.com will get their first month of viewing FREE!

 

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Whitney Houston movie to premiere on Lifetime

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney.

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The much anticipated drama features Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) in the lead role, with Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5) alongside her as Bobby Brown. It premieres on Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 20:00 CAT.

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Whitney chronicles the headline making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.

Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.

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Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Grammy nominated and multiplatinum selling entertainer Deborah Cox. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits The Greatest Love of AllI’m Your Baby TonightI’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You as well as Brown’s Every Little Step.

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, Whitney is executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Betty & Coretta). Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the script.

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aYeYe debuts on Vuzu Amp

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp is making good on its promise to offer viewers an amplified viewing experience with the premiere of a brand new homegrown drama series.

 

Debuting on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114, aYeYe is a coming-of-age story set in the heart of Johannesburg’s hottest urban neighbourhood and driven by a propulsive creative energy that marks it out as unmistakably contemporary.

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aYeYe follows the lives, loves, heartache, fears and dreams of three friends, JK (Thapelo Mokoena), Neo (Sthembiso ‘SK’ Khoza) and Lebo (Mpho ‘Popps’ Modikoane) who share a loft apartment in Maboneng and who all work as rockstar creatives at a hotshot Sandton advertising agency. Over the course of 13 episodes, the trio navigate the intricate riveting world of advertising.

 

“We’re thrilled to be premiering aYeYe on Vuzu Amp,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.

 

“The series encompassing everything we believe the channel stands for – and that is being an antidote to the average and offering shows that reflect the immediate experience of our young, creative, switched-on viewers.”

 

aYeYe’s cast draws on some of the most exciting emerging acting talent in the country. Viewers are guaranteed an out of this world TV experience when aYeYe premieres on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114.

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