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Real Housewives of Johannesburg Are Everything! Why We Are Obsessed

Friday night saw the season one premiere of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg! Here’s what we thought about the Jozi version of the popular franchise

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Speculation of a possible South African interpretation of the popular Real Housewives franchise has been doing the rounds for over 5 years, with rumours of ongoing production being belied by a no-show of the highly anticipated reality show.

Instead, fans were treated to infamous alternatives, most which deserved no sequels. We won’t mention names.

On Friday night, 1Magic premiered the Real Housewives of Johannesburg, a one-hour reality show offering a glimpse inside the lives of some the city’s most monied, fierce, and catty women!

The season one premiere comes months after a busy marketing campaign to promote the show’s awareness, which was obviously met with scepticism from many cynical fans who’ve seen many local adaptations of international formats been tortured with ashy standards.

Yet Friday night came with a pleasant surprise from the show, secured and produced by Sonia Mbele’s company, RHOSA.

Fans were delighted by the sheer opulence displayed on the show, with most of the housewives unafraid to exhibit their lavish lifestyles!

Five minutes in; Brinnette, Christall, Evodia and Lendy each showed us their massive mansions, fleet of luxury cars and enviable closets amongst many other aspirational sparkles! Naledi and Mercy are such hotties; and they showed us we aren’t exactly in the same tax bracket (thanks for the phrase Nomzamo Mbatha!).

The ladies appeared to be quite relaxed about flaunting their enviable lifestyles, and that’s something that continues being rare in this part of the world.

But that’s not all, the quality of the show’s production matches and rivals and matches those of US franchises! When one viewer remarked “Which part of Johannesburg is this?” on Twitter, we knew the show had already achieved most of what it intends to. You may know the dusty parts of Joburg; but that’s on you. It’s on us, guys, some people are living and we are accompanying them!

After watching the women’s glitzy lives for a few minutes, I started wondering if this was about to be another a middle-aged version of Rich Kids.

Fortunately, the girls are far too shady for any of that! The diamonds are clean but there’s plenty of shade to dim a few sparkles here and there. We already know that Evodia and Lendy didn’t get off to a good start because Lendy got a bit too excited after a few glasses of champagne and kept “touching”, which pissed off Evodia, a.k.a, Madamme, profusely.

We now also know that Naledi, whom we’ve thus far known as Dj Naked’s second wife and Minnie Dlamini’s friend and bridesmaid on her wedding reality show, is fine as fuck. Though, she’s rubbed Mercy the wrong way (for hugging her in a dismissive manner), and Brinnette, who says you are either “in or out” with her.

Christall, who seems to have a foot in her mouth situation going on, is likely to become the season’s villain! During all the interactions (mostly with Lendy, who she read to filth), she pulled no punches when it came to sharing her controversial mind. And her shady diaries? Bring her on!

 

 

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  1. Josephine

    September 2, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Naledi is the witch, Crystall ls living an embellished fantasized reality,Evodia is the grand dame of Johannesburg, Brinette is the cool girl with tendencies of mean girl streak sometimes, Mercy is admirable but look down on people that does not drive a certain car or branded clothing or accesories. Lendy is cray-cray, totally, can’t have a normal conversation.Interesting bunch of ladies with opulence lifestyles that will put the American housewives to shame, I hope they broadcast rhoj in America, so the American people can see how good South africans live over here and that we not running around and living next to animals here

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Real Housewives of Johannesburg: The Season’s Shadiest Episode Yet!

Lerika and Olwethu have shaken up the show’s dynamics and we wonder how things will look by the end of this heated first season

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Friday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg has truly shaken table. As we edge closer to the end of the first season, we couldn’t help but wonder if the main cast will change dramatically when the show returns for a second coming. It looks like that Lerika and Olwethu aren’t playing with their bag!

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“Was Naledi the MC? That’s why it (the bachelorette party) was dry.” Photo Credit: 1Magic via Instagram

Lerika shocked everyone when she appeared to be throwing her friend, Naledi, under the bus during a super shady roundtable over champagne review of Brinnette’s recent bachelorette party, which the girls are slamming for lacking “dirt” and “naughtiness.”

RELATED: EVODIA VS BRINNETTE – THE TEA PARTY FIGHT 

When Madam suggested that the shindig’s MC (Naledi) added to the dryness, Lerika failed to come to BFF’s defence, and instead remarked that she would be on the lookout for someone more fun for her own hypothetical party.

Her flip-floppy stunt earned her some wrath from the Mogases, who now feel that her intentions aren’t clear. Though there’s now no doubt, we need more Lerika on the show!

Lendy was still a no-show and we are starting to wonder if she will be returning for another season. We love that she’s quite an interesting fit on the show, always misfiring with her random and awkward – but still quite hilarious – jokes and jabs.

We’d hoped to see more of her this season; her life seems interesting enough and she’s clearly not afraid to speak her mind (leave for that one bizarre scene with her advancing disparaging comments to the help).

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But, to be honest, we’ve had more consistency from friends of the show that we’ve had from her. Will she be stepping aside?

Naledi, who seems to be quite busy with one thing or another, has missed another episode.  Yet, her absence hasn’t really affected much, particularly with her friend Lerika really bringing us some tea on the show, part of which has been shading her. We wonder if there will be a fallout there. But we also wonder if Naledi will be coming back for season 2; and this time to show us more of her life, and invite us to her house?

And while Christall was not invited to the girls outing as it was arranged by her arch-rival – and the show’s apparent Queen B – Madam, she threw hectic shade at Olwethu, who brought her baby, again, without adding a note to her RSVP. Christall, who gave us some fierce sex appeal during her live performance of her song Wonder in a sheer number, didn’t beat around the bush in saying that she had no intentions of her spending her afternoon faffing over a baby. Damn!

RELATED: EVODIA & CHRISTALL SCREAMING MATCH

Mercy’s friend, Pinky, came under fire from, well, Mercy. In a shocking twist of events, Mercy read Pinky to filth, saying that unlike her, she could never have an unplanned baby. Her remarks led to some heartfelt moments of Pinky revealing that she fell preggers at 22 after a diagnosis that gave her a scare of never being able to conceive.

Friday’s episode was a real shadefest, and it left us wondering how the dynamics between the girls will change.

Real Housewives of Johannesburg airs Fridays at 19:00 on 1Magic, DStv channel 103

 

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Women To Pop The Question In New Wedding Reality Show

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There’s a brand new dating show looming in the horizon for 1Magic viewers, who’ve so far been spared from the relentless explosion of dating reality television shows.

But while this format continues being the tried and true go-to easy-win, the pursuit of love will involve some tossing away of antiquated conventions for a fresher, more daring and more exciting approach to love.

Set to hit your screens November 2nd at 19:00, Marry Me Now finds eligible bachelorettes stretching the social limits that dictate just how far women can go to secure their desired romantic happy ever after.

RELATED: REAL HOUSEWIVES OF JOHANNESBURG – CHRYSTALL VS EVODIA TURNS UGLY

Described as ‘empowering’ in a press statement, Marry Me Now promises to unsettle antiquated norms and shift gender dynamics as women shock their partners by making the ultimate move – which is, if you haven’t already guesses it, proposing. For marriage, of course! It doesn’t end there.

The women will ask their potential hubbies for a hand in marriage already in their wedding dresses.

Let’s set you up with how it actually works:

The bride-to-be has three days to plan her entire proposal and dream wedding. And although the thought alone will plunge you into instant mental hysteria, the girls are hooked up with a professional wedding planner so things don’t get too weird.

RELATED: KHAYA DLADLA IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS BIGGEST FAN 

From here the dreams starts unfolding, as she gets to choose the décor, cake, flower arrangement, food menu, her wedding gown and her partner’s suave garb. Fortunately for the ladies, the prospective in law family members and friends are all in on it. After the dream wedding has been put together, and the big day comes, it now becomes up to the partner to say yes. Or No.

The show will be hosted by Talitha Ndima. Will you be tuning in? Get chatting with us by leaving your comments in the comments section below.

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Khaya Dladla Gets On The Hunt For His Biggest Fan!

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The debut season of Tropika Smoooth Fan is here and this week, Khaya Dladla is the first celebrity to put his biggest fans to the test as they compete to prove they are the star’s smooothest fan.

Khaya has gained a massive following over the years thanks to his performance on the popular SABC 1 drama Uzalo.

His love for entertainment started when he was a child and developed after his parents sent him to drama classes from the age of 15.

RELATED: BONANG, SOMIZI, BABES WODUMO TO BE PART TO APPEAR ON SMOOOTH FAN 

The star enjoyed all facets of performance and later became a backing vocalist for musicians such as Hugh Masikela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Today, he stars as G.C.

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This week, four die-hard celebrity fans will compete in various interactive games in the hopes of being crowned Khaya’s smooothest fan. The winner will make it to the semi-finals where they will compete against the smooothest fans of the other celebrity contestants where, after another round of games, the two top contestants will go head to head in the final to win R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze!

KHAYA DLADLA 

What attracted you to a show like Tropika Smoooth Fan?

Firstly, it was the opportunity to interact with my fans. I hardly get that because of the schedules we have on ‘Uzalo’. More than that, it was growth. I wanted people to get to know me instead of my character. And, the fact that its a Tropika game show makes me so happy because the brand feels like an old friend to me.

Why do you think it is important to recognize the fanbase who has been by your side throughout your career?

It’s simple – we are because they are. The more likes we get on social media, the more followers we get on social media and the impact we have makes us feel like we make a difference. It puts a ‘label’ to who we are and the relevance. I feel like it’s very important to recognize our fanbase because they are like our ‘hype people’. Our fans help build our brands through the love they send. As an entertainer, you have an audience listening so it’s important to give them recognition as well.

Why do you think so many people around the country identify with you and your work?

Firstly, authenticity is important. I try to be as real as possible. Even on ‘Uzalo’ I try to resemble a character that someone has met before because we want to tell real stories. The little mannerisms and the characterisations of what I do is relatable and, as performers, that’s our ultimate goal. I am also super critical of my own work and I think my fans see that I put my heart and soul into every performance.

What do you hope your fans get out of watching you on this week’s episode of Tropika Smoooth Fan?

I hope my fans get to know the real me. There is more to me than G.C. and, at some point, the G.C. brand overpowered my name. I had to go back to the drawing board and remind people who Khaya Dladla really is and Tropika Smoooth Fan will certainly help me do that. Apart from that, I am looking forward to having fun with my fans. I mean, that’s what the show is about – a fun, interactive show where I get to interact with my biggest fans.

What was the biggest lesson your fans taught you about your career?

My fans have taught me many important lessons over my career. They taught me humility and to always be as real as possible. I think that is something that has helped so many people relate to both my and my character on ‘Uzalo’.

Tell us something your fans might not know about you?

I run a lot of CSI projects and I do a lot of charity work. It’s something I keep to myself because I don’t want people to think I am doing it for media attention. I feed an old age home and also do my best to support a group of orphans who are close to my heart. Also, I have been learning how to DJ and I am working on a different concept on how to launch myself as that.

Can you share an instance where a fan has changed your life in some way?

I have had both positive and negative interactions with fans which has changed my life in some way Once, a fan hugged me, spun me around and stuck his tongue in my mouth. That was the first time I cried from a fan interaction. It really shook me. Then, on a positive note, I had an interaction with a fan who got so excited to see me that she had an asthma attack. I stayed by her and waited for the ambulance to arrive and afterwards, I asked to have a chat with her. I realised how easily people look to celebrities for motivation and I knew that I wanted to use my fame to inspire people.

What’s can fans expect from you in the coming months?

A lot! I have been working on my music for over a year now. I come from musical theatre so I am excited to show the country that side of me. I have also joined Gagasi FM as a presenter which I am really excited about. Apart from that, fans can expect more music, more gigs and more exciting collaborations.

Want to be a contestant on the show? Simply buy a Smoooth Fan-branded Tropika at your nearest store, find your unique code and follow the on-pack USSD instructions for your chance to prove you’re the smooothest fan on live television.

Fans also stand to win amazing prizes by snapping a selfie of themselves with a Smoooth Fan branded Tropika, and Whatsapping the image to 071 605 1503 live during the show between 18:00 and 18:30 every Friday.

Catch Tropika Smoooth Fan every Friday at 18:00 on SABC 1.

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