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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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Unathi Under Fire For Xhosa Joke On Idols SA

Unathi has since apologised over the joke.

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South African TV News: Unathi Nkayi criticised for Xhosa comments
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Unathi Nkayi has come under fire for advancing a joke about the Xhosa nation being tired of “holding the country on their backs.”

The joke, which first emerged after the Springboks won the World Cup under captain Siya Kolisi’s leadership, caused a stir when the Idols South Africa judge enacted it on Sunday night’s episode of the singing competition.

Two weeks ago, Kolisi became the first black captain to see the national rugby side bring the World Cup trophy home. And along with being celebrated for this milestone, some took it a step further to bring up the fact he is also Xhosa.

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So when Unathi sang Luyolo’s praises following the delivery of a stellar performance on the show, she went on toss out one for the culture. Except, it appears, the timing, platform and context in which the comment landed has proven to have been inappropriate.

Viewers have taken to social media to lambast Nkayi’s choice of words as they fear her joke could potentially inspire voting along tribal lines, a political landscape to which serious historical tragedies attend.

If the judge’s comments do indeed hold enough power to influence the direction of the votes, as suggested by some, the credibility of the votes could be questioned.

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Aware of how her remarks could trigger a furore, Unathi immediately apologised during Sunday night’s show and clarified that she had just been joking.

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Top Billing Cancelled After 27 Years

And we are so stressed.

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SABC 3’s long running premium lifestyle TV show, Top Billing, has been canned.

The Tswelopele Production, which has been chronicling the lavish and opulent lives of the South Africa’s most monied, along with all the fine experiences in travel and home, will this week be airing its final episode after 27 years on air!

QuenchSA understands that the curtain call episode will be airing this Saturday, October 19th.

Despite reports that she’s unhappy with the SABC’s decision to roll the credits permanently on her production company’s flagship show, Tswelopele Productions maintained a positive spirit in their press statement.

“This show exemplifies excellence and sophistication in arts, design, decor, fashion and broadcasting, creating countless jobs in its many years on air”, they expressed. “It has been quite a ride and it is fitting that after 25 years, we salute this season as our final one”, it says here.

Sowetan has reported that the cash strapped SABC’s decision to pull the plug on the show is down to the cost involved with producing it, which are estimated to be between R500 000 and R800 000 for each episode.

Further to this, the show’s ratings are said to have plunged since it was moved from it Thursday slot to a Saturday.

Viewers are devastated by the blind side, lamenting an end to lush scenes of a life towards which they aspire.

“What’s the point of being rich if Top Billing can’t confirm it to the world?”, one Twitter wrote, amongst many others sharing this sentiment.

Lerato noted the role played by the show in igniting her passion for architecture, which would later become her career path.

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Harmony Katulondi Announced As Host for SABC 3’s ‘The Taste Maker’

He’s easy on the eyes. But focus on the food!

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Last week, SABC 3 unveiled a new reality show, The Taste Master, which intends on hunting down the next foodie sensation.

South Africa’s hottest culinary sensations will be put to the test with a series of tasks as they battle it out in the hopes of becoming the brand-new resident foodie on SABC 3’s popular variety show Afternoon Express.

The new resident foodie will be able to use the platform to showcase their gastronomic talents while making a name for themselves as an industry leader in the culinary space.

Top Billing presenter Harmony Katulondi will serve as the official host of the series, which debuts next month. Harmony will guide both the contestants and viewers at home through the various challenges taking place in each episode.

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Harmony is no stranger to reality television. He famously won last year’s season of Presenter Search on 3 which saw him win a coveted job as host of SABC 3’s popular magazine show Top Billing.

Since winning the competition, Harmony has gone on to experience once-in-a-lifetime moments and on The Taste Master, he’s looking forward to changing another person’s life forever.

When asked about the show, Harmony had this to say, “I’m excited to be hosting The Taste Master because I love food, I love people and the art of bringing them together is the most interesting thing about this show for me. More importantly though, I’ll get to see someone’s dream come true.

I’ll get to go on a journey with the contestants as they discover their passions and how to apply them to overcome the various challenges thrown at them. Having my career boosted by a similar show, I can confirm that being part of a show like this opens up your career – and your world – to new ventures. I’m excited to see what it’s going to do for our contestants”.

Harmony admits that The Taste Master is unlike anything South Africans have seen on television before because a presentation element plays a big part in this series. “This show is different from all the other cooking shows because it’s not just about the dish”.

Auditions for the exciting new reality show are now open and will remain so until midnight on the 22nd of October 2019.

Those of you who think they have what it takes to be The Taste Master can now enter! You have to record a video of yourself telling the show why you would be perfect for this role and upload it onto Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #TheTasteMasterSA and #StartWithAStella. It’s that easy.

The Taste Master premieres on the 12th of November 2019 at 19h30 on SABC 3

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