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2012-03-15 11:30
Johannesburg – A cappella group Overtone, originally from Johannesburg, have landed their very own American reality series that will be aired internationally.

When Overtone visited South Africa a year ago, they were talking about the possibility that they'll be the subject of a new reality TV series in America.

The possibility has now become a reality after the channel E! Entertainment bought the first 10 episodes of the series Mrs Eastwood & Company.

'Pretty intense'

The East Rand a cappella group were discovered by Dinah Eastwood, wife of the legendary Clint Eastwood, three years ago when they performed in Cape Town one night. The Eastwoods were in South Africa for the filming of the movie Invictus and were so impressed with Overtone that they included them on the soundtrack of the film.

The six singers then moved to America and were taken under the Eastwood's wing, where they have since continued their career.

Overtone singer Eduard Janse van Rensburg, spoke to Beeld on Wednesday from America, saying the film team of the company Bunim/Murray Productions, which also makes the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, have already started filming.

"It's pretty intense," he said. "The cameras are always around you and it does not matter where you go, there is a team of 30 people following you."

According to him it's an emotionally exhausting experience. "The tears have flowed," he said, and everything is real. "It's raw emotions captured on camera!"


Mrs Eastwood & Company focuses on Dina Eastwood, her step-daughter Francesca and her and Clint's teenage daughter Morgan. It deals with how Dinah combines managing a music group with her family life. Clint Eastwood will sometimes make a guest appearance.

The E! channel will begin airing the reality show on May 20 in the US.

The filming takes place in the Eastwood's homes in Carmel, California, and Los Angeles.

Janse van Rensburg said he and other members of Overtone regularly speak Afrikaans to each other in front of the cameras.

A spokesperson for E! said that the group fit in with the channel's quest to show stories of "fascinating personalities with unique views".

Dina Eastwood said in the statement it is hard to not fall in love with "her" group.

"We are very excited about the series. We hope to show that one can make a difference if you are willing to work hard," said Janse van Rensburg.

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