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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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There’s A New Bachelor On Rhythm City!

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South African multi-talented actor Tiisetso Thoka is set to join the all-star cast of Rhythm City.

Thoka recently bagged the role of Siya on one of South Africa’s leading soapies. Siya is a metrosexual guy, blessed with good looks and a great sense of style.

Siya comes into our world when Mampho is looking for a housemate for four months while Rene is away, performing in a musical on Broadway. Assuming that he is gay, Mampho chooses Siya from the many candidates. Siya proves to be the best choice Mampho could have, and they immediately get on like a house on fire.

He is so perfect that Mampho sometimes wishes he wasn’t gay. She starts seeing signs that make her doubt her initial assumptions around Siya’s sexuality and she sets out to find out the truth.

Could Siya be Mampho’s long-awaited “happily ever after”?

Catch Tiisetso Thoka from Monday 1 April at 7:00pm on Rhythm City on e.tv (DSTV channel 194 and Openview Channel 104). 

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Could A Bonang and Somizi Reality TV Show Crossover Be In The Works?

Bonang and Somizi seem to have buried the hatchet. Will the upcoming seasons of their reality show pick on the storyline?

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Bonang Matheba and Somizi thrilled fans when on Monday, they appeared to have laid their long enduring feud to rest.

South Africa’s leading media personalities were smiling from ear to ear as they exchanged warm hugs and posed for pictures at Bonang’s House of BNG launch. It’s been at least three years since the two, who once playfully dubbed themselves ‘twins’ during the most Instagrammable days of their friendship, have appeared in a picture together.

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It’s like you never left! Bonang and Somizi rekindle friendship. Photo: Cosmopolitan via Twitter

The reunion continued on Tuesday Queen B shared an I.G story of flowers she received from Somizi.

While it remains unclear what really triggered the rift between the former buddies in the first place, both parties have spoken out on a few occasions about how they’ve felt wrong by the other. In her 2016 bestseller, From A To B, Bonang Matheba alluded to betrayal that she found hard to forgive.

Somizi Bonang

And now that it seems all of that is in the past, fans are wondering whether Monday’s good spirited ‘reunion’ will make it’s way to Somizi’s Living The Dream, and Bonang’s upcoming season of Being Bonang.

Both of them are progressively filming upcoming seasons of their hit reality shows, and it only makes sense they would want to include a burying the hatchet bit to bolster storylines.

RELATED: BONANG’S HOUSE OF BNG IS FINALLY HERE 

Legend Manqele of BarLeader, the production company behind both reality shows, was present and very excited to showcase Bonang and Somizi’s reconciliation on his social media. There are thumbs to be held.

Meanwhile… 

Bonang, who’s currently “apartment hunting” in New York City, has been taping another reality show, Bonang: Coming To America. The show will chronicle Mo’gerl’s bid to forge her inroads into the States, as her brand goes international. The Queen B has been treating fans to glimpses of her time in the Big Apple on her social media feeds.

Somizi, on the other hand, has his hands full as he preps his wedding to fiancé, Mohale. The two’s nuptial is set to have scored them a million rand deal for a wedding special, which is set to air on Mzansi Magic. There’s no word on whether or not the special will air as a stand alone, or be part of Living With The Dream, just yet.

Do you want to see the crossover? Hit is up in the comments section below

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Wendy Williams Shocks Viewers With Revelation: “I Live in a Sober House.”

Wendy Williams has been secretly living a sober living facility in Queens, New York

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Wendy Williams revealed during her Monday show that she’s been living in a ‘sober house’, where she goes every day after taping her daily talk show.

Williams, who recently returned from a two month hiatus during which she was reportedly hospitalised for “health issues”, told her viewers and ‘co-hosts’ that her reality couldn’t be further from the sparkling glamour suggested by the nature of her job.

“Nobody knew, because I look so glamorous out here”, said the Queen of talk, who’s been open about her previous battles with cocaine addition.

Williams also revealed that she attends several meetings with “my brothers and sisters who struggle with this addiction” every day after wrapping up her daily pilate sessions.

The only people who’ve known about this, Wendy says, are her husband and son.

This is the first time Wendy Williams has lifted the veil on some of the going-ons that might have led her to the recent hiatus. Shortly before embarking on the breather, Wendy had to apologise to viewers on the show for slurring her words and appearing disoriented during one of the shows.

The 53 year old media personality returned on her show to shut down rumours of an impending divorce between her and her husband, Kevin Hunter, who’s been dogged by cheating allegations for a while, according to reports.

According to the Daily Mail, Wendy is being treated at the facility for alcohol and prescription medication addition.

The Wendy Williams Shows airs on BET, DStv channel 129, Monday to Friday at 9:00.

 

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