Double evictee shock on The Search: E! Host SA

2017-02-09 07:55

Cape Town – The search for South Africa's first E! Host continues. 

This week the contestants had to deal with a difficult celeb and a teleprompter fail. 

And in a twist two of the hopefuls were eliminated from the competition.

Safta nominated presenter Danine Naidoo and radio host Juan-Martin Jordt were asked to turn in their mics.

We chatted to the pair about the experience on the show. 


Have you expanded on or developed any qualities since being on the show?

There's always room for improvement, no doubt. The show made me realise more about myself, the industry and how important it is to know what's for you vs what's not. My way of presenting is a very natural and "down-to-earth" style, while I can be "red carpet" - I don't like to take on an extra personality to do so. I'm a rebel heart with a shaved head and tattoos, I know I'm not going to be everybody's cup of tea all the time. I take pride in being myself at all times whether in presenting mode or off duty.

Which challenge did you find most daunting, and why?

No matter how prepared and game you are for the challenges, the way in which they unfold behind the scenes is out of your control and at the end of the day, that can majorly affect what state of mind you're in by the time you need to perform your challenge. While most people would say, "you're a professional, it shouldn't" - being in a "reality TV setting" and doing something you've done for years, is a very different dynamic of "unlearning" and learning. I'm used to having to time to prep and make sure I've somewhat wrapped my head around the scenario and content that needs to be delivered. This environment was fast paced and the challenges kept you on your toes constantly. 

Do you think you deserved to be evicted this early?

I was content with the outcome. It wasn't meant to be. It was a relief to be out of the house and have the pressure of the cameras and challenges taken away.
No matter how prepared and game you are, or how professional you can be, the set-up of the show and time for preparation with tasks is out of your hands. 


What lessons are you taking away from this experience?

I learnt lessons that money can’t buy. The advice from Terry and the rest of the guest judges, is so valuable going forward in the entertainment industry.  I always say that there’s no better “school” than the school of life, and this experience tested me to the limits.  However, the greatest lesson of all is to never let your guard down, always expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything!

What were your expectations going into the show?

To be the first winner of The Search: E! Host South Africa, of course!  But I knew that the competition would be tough.  I expected to learn, absorb as much of the energy, experiences and advice as possible and use that going forward and I did just that!

Who in your opinion deserves to win the title of The Search: E! Host South Africa?

I think all of us deserve to win – because we all worked extremely hard in our respective professions.  However, if I had to choose a favourite, it would have to be Abigail. 

What was the most challenging part of being on the show for you?

The most challenging part for me was to walk into a room, not knowing what was going to happen.  The competition was really taken to the extreme in terms of testing our abilities and capabilities and kept all of us on our toes every single minute of every day.  One second, you are told that the challenge is to interview a person, not knowing who it is and the next thing Bonang Matheba walks in!  I was truly humbled by the experience that I gained, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.  

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