Top Billing to announce new presenter

2012-08-14 12:22
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – In the finale of reality show My Top Billing Dream, which will air from Cape Town on Tuesday 14 August at 20:00 on SABC3, there will be four contestants remaining instead of the originally planned three.

Lynelle Kenned, Chamendran Naidoo, Zama Ncgobo and Jonathan Boynton-Lee are the four contestants who will hear on Tuesday night whether they will receive a contract as a presenter on Top Billing, South Africa's longest running, uninterrupted show on television.

As to why there are four and not just three contestants in the final episode, Tswelopele Productions said that "the judges thought about this long and hard – and decided that it would be more exciting viewing if there were four finalists contesting for the one spot - not just three".


The show switched to a limited-run reality format for the past few weeks and saw eager viewers engaging on social media around the favourites as the contestants were whittled down one by one during real-life TV production challenges behind the scenes, with cameras in tow.

The show had planned an additional action adventure challenge for the My Top Billing Dream finale, "but we felt we had covered this type of challenge sufficiently already in the 7 August episode. We allocated the time that would have gone to the adventure challenge to the fourth contestant".

The finale of My Top Billing Dream was shot at the studios in Sea Point where Michael Mol records his weekly Dr Mol Show for SABC3, one floor down from the Expresso morning show studios.

Interviewing musicians

Viewers will see Zama Ngcobo interview South African musician Toya Delazy and Lynelle Kenned will do a profile piece on the Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.

Jonathan Boynton-Lee will interview the musical phenom Paige Mac and Chamendran Naidoo will hang out with the instrumental band Sterling EQ.

According to the producers the final task "is about the key of linking the show together -doing the studio links in a beautiful location and also interviewing the top local and international performing talent".

Tuesday's finale and organising it the past week was a logistical challenge for the show. The crew had to get all the performing stars together in one place – at one time – to shoot the inserts.

Kenned's mom Christine was diagnosed with cancer when she was 16 and has lived to see her daughter achieve as an opera singer – both Christine and dad Ralph were there when their daughter performed with Katherine Jenkins which viewers will see tonight.

Boynton-Lee's mom, Bronwen, was also flown down by the production to come and watch him perform with Paige Mac. It was her 72nd birthday. Naidoo's mom and one of Ngcobo's good friends also supported them.

Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere will be on hand to welcome the new Top Billing presenter to the fold.


  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-14 12:37

    Lynelle Kenned has got absolutly NO COMPETITION here! She is BY FAR the best and the most natural amongst them. You go girl! (And LOVE your voice!)

  • gary.dalton.75286 - 2012-08-14 12:41

    A test Thumbs up = I watch Top Billing. Thumbs Down = No, I do not watch Top Billing.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:28

      Does anyone even bother to watch anything on SABC?

  • sandy.laranja - 2012-08-14 14:13

    Jonathan my first choice!

  • anthea.thebus - 2012-10-02 14:25

    would like to get in touch with Jonathan Boyton - lee its about the article in the October Getit magazine our website is we are a NPO who work in the Westlake Tokai area.. thanking u!

  • Kaici Khumalo - 2013-10-13 12:45


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