Cape Town – Top Billing and SABC3’s reality show, Presenter Search on 3, looking for three new TV presenters will now be dedicated to the late Simba Mhere.
Mhere, who won the first presenter search competition in 2010, was tragically killed in a car crash two weeks ago and would have been a presenter – together with Jonathan Boynton-Lee – of the latest presenter search.
Channel24 reported last week that the producers were looking for a way to honour the memory of Mhere through the new reality search competition and will be readjusting the Presenter Search on 3 to be a tribute to Simba.
The organisers have now confirmed that "this year’s Presenter Search on 3 will be held in memory and in tribute to one of South Africa’s favourite Top Billing presenters" Simba Mhere.
'We will dedicate the new series to Simba'
"The tragic death of Simba Mhere is a devastating blow to Top Billing – and to the Presenter Search on 3," says Patience Stevens, executive producer of the show. "Simba was looking forward to co-presenting the new series with his close friend and colleague Jonathan Boynton-Lee.
"Their energy on screen together and their personal experience of both being Presenter Search winners was something that we all hoped would bring a special magic to the show. We will dedicate the new series to Simba – and to his memory – and hope to carry out the search with the same positive energy and zest for life that reflects the spirit Simba brought to every project he tackled."
"Our country has so much talent to offer and we are proud to give aspirants the opportunity to realise their dreams," says Aisha Mohamed, SABC3 channel head. "Simba and Jonathan have set a very high standard for this year’s Presenter Search on 3 contenders. We’re positive that we will discover winners with exceptional talent that represent the promise of excellence."
Last month Channel24 first reported that Bonang Matheba, Jeannie D and Phat Joe will be the judges of the new Presenter Search on 3. This news is now confirmed.
"Under the discerning eyes of Presenter Search on 3 judges Bonang Matheba, Phat Joe and the vivacious Jeannie D, contestants will face physical challenges, tests of improvisation and intelligence, all the while holding their cool with the confidence and charisma befitting a savvy presenter," says the show.
Anyone from 18 and above can enter. Viewers and contestants alike will experience both the highs and lows of reality television. The Presenter Search on 3 starts on Friday, 6 March on SABC3 at 19:30.
Presenter Search on 3 audition dates
Cape TownVenue: Cape Town StadiumDates: Friday 13 & Saturday 14 February
Port ElizabethVenue: Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumDate: Sunday 22 February
DurbanVenue: Durban Exhibition CentreDates: Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March
JohannesburgVenue: Wanderers StadiumDates: Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March
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