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Bonang, Somizi & Babes Wodumo To Appear On SABC 3’s Smoooth Fan!

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Tropika  recently announced the launch of Tropika Smoooth Fan – a new live celebrity quiz show which is set to find the smooothest fans of some of Mzansi’s hottest celebrities. Rorisang Thandekiso has been announced as the host of the show’s debut season and now, the impressive list of A-list celebrities who will take part on the show have officially been announced.

A list of celebrities on the first season;

KHANYI MBAU

Khanyi Mbau Tropika Smooothest Fan

Khanyi Mbau is one of the country’s most prominent television personalities. The star started her career on SABC 2’s hit soap Muvhango back in 2004 and has gone on to host shows like The Scoop and The Big Secret while racking up quite the acting portfolio. Khanyi has also added author and radio host to her resumé over the past few years proving that there is nothing that she can’t tackle.

The star’s personal life hasn’t been without controversy, but her determination, talent and personality has helped her become one of the biggest stars in South Africa today. “I am so excited to appear on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Khanyi says. “Over the years, my fanbase has been my greatest asset. They’ve stuck with me through the good and the bad times and now, it’s time to put them to the test and see just how well they know me.”

LETOYA MAKHENE 

Letoya makhene Tropika Smooothest Fan

Letoya Makhene is an actress, singer and TV personality who has shot to fame over the past few years. Letoya’s career started when she was cast in an advert at the tender age of nine, and she went on to present on various youth-orientated TV shows including YoTV.

When she was 14, Letoya formed the group S’kool Girlz with her sisters which saw the star break into the music industry. Letoya’s presenting career got a boost after she became a co-host on the second season of Idols South Africa and appeared in popular soapies like Isidingo and Generations.

Today, the star plays Tshidi on Generations: The Legacy. “I’m really looking forward to meeting my biggest fan on the show! Tropika Smoooth Fan is an exciting new concept and I am so excited to be a part of it,” Letoya says. “My fans should enter because not only do they stand a chance of meeting me, but there are also lots of great prizes that are up for grabs. Oh, and the show promises to be a whole lot of fun!”

BABES WODUMO 

Babes wodumo Tropika Smooothest Fan

Musician Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, spring-boarded the Gqom musical sensation which is currently taking the country by storm with her smash hit ‘Wololo’.

The star has gone on to release multiple hit records as she continues to push herself and her musical genre creatively – something that has garnered her a massive following. “My fans have been incredibly supportive throughout my career so far and I am so excited to see just how much they really know me on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Babes says. “I am excited to connect with them on a different level on the show so if you think you have what it takes to be my smooothest fan, buy a Tropika today and follow the on-pack instructions to enter!”

CLEMENT MAOSA 

Clement maosa Tropika Smooothest Fan

Clement Maosa is an actor best known for his role as Zamokuhle ‘Kwaito’ Seakamela on SABC 1’s popular drama Skeem Saam. After initially wanting to be a soldier, Clement set his sights on acting and has proven to be a hit with audiences around the country.

Clement’s role as Kwaito is his first gig in the industry, and has proved to be a hit with audiences and has catapulted Clement into superstardom. “For a person like me, who comes from the rural region of Limpopo, to have made a career for himself in television wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my fans,” Clement says. “So, in everything that I do, I’m aware that there are thousands of people rooting for me. I’m looking forward to meeting some of them, and interacting with them on Tropika Smoooth Fan and seeing just how well they know me. Make sure you buy a Tropika today and enter to prove you’re my smooothest fan.”

JEANNIE D

Jeannie D Tropika Smooothest Fan

Jeannie D is an incredibly talented television personality best known for her presenting gigs on SABC 3’s popular Top Billing, Top Travel and Afternoon Express. Jeannie D is also a radio host on Good Hope FM and has become a seasoned MC at major corporate events around the country.

Her passion for entertainment started at a young age and at age 12 she auditioned for The National School of the Arts.

She truly understands what it takes to be a great presenter and her ability to connect with her audiences has made her one of the experts in her craft. “I’m so excited to meet some of the people who have been with me on my journey in life,” Jeannie D reveals. “They have travelled the world with me and let me into their homes for over a decade. I am so excited to meet some of them, and be a part of them winning some incredible prizes.”

KHAYA DLADLA

Khaya Dladla Tropika Smooothest Fan

Khaya Dladla is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur who shot to superstardom thanks to his role on the popular SABC 1 drama Uzalo. The star’s passion for entertainment started during his early years after his parents used to send him to drama class.

The star enjoyed all facets of performance and later became a backing vocalist for musicians such as Hugh Masikela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Uzalo is the star’s first break-out television role and has put him on the path to superstardom. “Tropika Smoooth Fan is such an exciting concept and I am really excited about being part of its first season,” Khaya says. “I am looking forward to finding out just how well my fans really know me and to show them how different I am to any character I have placed on television.”

SOMIZI

Somizi Mhlongo Tropika Smooothest Fan

Somizi is a popular choreographer, reality show judge, radio personality and TV presenter. His career began when he was 13 years old where he joined the broadway musical Sarafina! and travelled the world for five years with the production.

He made a name for himself as a choreographer and took on massive projects like Miss South Africa between 1998 and 2008 (and again in 2015) and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He is now one of the most impressive TV presenters and reality star in South Africa, with a massively loyal following. “I am looking forward to really engaging with people that have supported me over the years, with the people that are my cheerleaders.

I am excited to find out really what makes them think that they are my greatest fans and how much they know of me and about me,” Somizi says. “My biggest fans should enter because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine you see this person on TV, in the papers, you hear them on radio, you see them on social media but you have never met them. Here is your chance to come get a glimpse of what Somizi is really like.”

BONANG MATHEBA

Bonang Matheba

Bonang Matheba has cemented her spot as one of the most popular celebrities to have ever come out of South Africa. The TV presenter started her career as the host of SABC 1’s popular music show Live, then venturing into radio as a presenter on youth station YFM.

Since then, Bonang’s career has flourished. She has launched multiple fashion lines, became a presenter on Top Billing, hosted a popular radio show on Metro FM, hosted numerous television shows and MC gigs and even appeared in her very own reality show.

Bonang is the epitome of class and sophistication and continues to build an empire with her various projects and endorsement deals. “I believe I have the best fan base in the country – people who have supported me throughout the 15 years of my career.

Tropika Smoooth Fan is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with individuals who chat to me on a daily basis on social media. It’s fun, it’s proudly South African and a wonderful way for me to say thank you to them for helping me live out my dreams every single day. I look forward to it but mostly – I’m looking forward to seeing the power of the BForce.”

Smoooth Fan will require die-hard fans of these celebrities to put their skills and celeb knowledge to the test in the hopes of making it to the big finale for a chance to win R250 000 cash and a car!

Each episode of Smoooth Fan will be dedicated to a particular celebrity, and will feature four die-hard celebrity fans as they compete in various interactive games – live in studio – in the hopes of being crowned the smooothest fan.

 

 

 

 

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Khaya Dladla
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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