Ayanda Nhlapo talks about her exit from The Search: E! Host Africa

2017-03-02 09:06
Ayanda Nhlapo

Johannesburg – The gloves came off this week as the last three standing wannabe hosts on The Search: E! Host Africa fought for their place in the finale.

For the first task each of the contestants had to prepare a link on a topic of their choice, the catch though, they had to do this in pairs.

Brought in to offer feedback was actress Mampho Brescia and to judge casting director Deidre Smerczak.

Task one proved to be difficult and each contestant received some harsh criticism.

On to the elimination challenge each contestant had to interview the mentor and judge about the current state of the film and TV industry.

Katleho Sinivasan was announced the winner of the challenge and the first contestant to make it through to the finale.

Abigail Visagie joins in the top 2.

TV host and fashion designer Ayanda Nhlapo was asked to turn in her mic.

We had a quick chat with Ayanda about her experience on the show.

What did you learn and what are you taking away from this experience?

I learnt that TV hosting is not an easy craft to execute on a professional level. I really got to know myself better and learnt about my flaws and strong points. Given the constant challenges and feedback, I learnt new ways to sharpen my presenting skills. I also learnt the importance of being able to adapt to any kind of person, because as a TV host, I'm always dealing with different people. In a nutshell, this experience has been nothing but a learning curve and a stamp of approval for me.

How does it feel having made it to the top three?

I'm really proud of myself. It was a tough competition, so I'm content with having had made it as far as the top 3. That's actually a huge achievement for me.

You mentioned that you enjoyed working with Abigail more than Katleho, why do you think this was?

I think I enjoyed working with Abigail more than I did with Kat because it was my first time actually working with her. I'd say it was our one opportunity to bond and make magic together. Kat and I have been friends for a long time and we literally share the same birth date, so perhaps that's something to consider, as I think that there was a bit of a personality clash there. However, I also really enjoyed working with Kat because his energy and delivery is completely out of this world!

You seemed happy with the first challenge in week 5, why was this?  

I was happy about this challenge because it was the first one that was solely based on delivering links, which we had the freedom to create. I enjoy creating content and I think links are fun, easy and direct.

What was your experience working with Mampho like?

I like Mampho. Her aura was warm and I found that she was a good judge of character. She was honest and she had a gentle approach when giving advice. She came across as very experienced and wise beyond her years... That’s much more reason to love and respect her.

How do you think the challenge went?

I didn’t do as well because I was extremely nervous and under pressure, but it didn't get to me like I thought it would. I told myself "it's just a fluff". I took the experience as an opportunity to learn to avoid making the same mistake next time around. So, it honestly didn't feel like it was the end of the world for me, although I had to acknowledge the fact that my error had put an end to my journey in the competition.


Catch The Search: E! Host South Africa Wednesdays at 20:55 on E!(DStv 124).

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