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Love Island SA’s Woes Continue after Disaster Debut

Shocking.

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Love Island SA premiered with only two black people in its cast. Since its debut on Sunday, the show has suffered massive international blowback over its lack of diversity. They’ve also been in the throes of public backlash over a bunch of technical issues that rendered it a poorly produced, sloppy mess.

By Monday, they had lost one of their sponsors.

The conversation is about how the casting of the show replicates notions of white as right. Statistically, the show came nowhere near reflecting the racial and cultural diversity of the country.

Perhaps as a desperate move to pacify audiences, the channel later teased the coming of new cast members later in the season. The pictures feature arms and tummies and other body-part close-ups of melanated people.

That didn’t work out. Twitter quickly termed these introductions as ’emergency blacks’. It looked like a desperate attempt to fix a problem whose foundations are troubling.

M-Net has since apologised about the show’s appalling lack of diversity and the delivery of a technically catastrophic premiere episode. “We’re sorry – we didn’t meet our standards on both counts.” They are also working tirelessly to fix things, it says here.

This should be a learning moment.

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‘Love Island SA’ S1 Finale on Sunday – R1 Million on the Table!

It’s down to four couples, with R1 million is on the table.

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Tania and Ross

We are super close to the crowning the winners of ‘Love Island SA’ season 1! It’s been a long journey for the reality television series, which started out with a massive blowback over lack of diversity in its cast. Things died down and fun was had, however, and we are now getting ready to see one of the remaining couples walk away with the grand prize of R1 million.

Millie and Asad. Photo Credit: M-Net

It will be well earned because the series is said to have done some impressive numbers. DStv revealed on Friday that ‘Love Island SA‘ became the top Video On Demand content on the DStv App for Premium viewers, ahead of popular TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Boer Soek n’ Vrou.

Thimna and Libho. Photo Credit: M-Net

With just under 1 million views to date on the DStv app, Love Island SA made quite the turn around. The show also grew 21% in ratings since its premiere on 28th of February. The winner will be announced during the grand finale on Sunday evening.

THE TIME HAS COME! 

It’s been an exciting rollercoaster ride on Love Island SA! From surprising hook-ups to heartbreaking break-ups and not forgetting the tears, laughter, bromances, sisterhoods, heaps of drama and jaw-dropping bombshells – the Islanders have been through it all.

Mischka and Xavier. Photo Credit: M-Net

And now, with only four couples left and the finale within reach, it’s up to the viewers to decide who walks away with the title and the grand prize of R1 million. Will it be: Mischka and Xavier, Thimna and Libho, Tania and Ross or Millie and Asad? You can cast a vote on the M-Net site as of now and catch the finale this Sunday, 11 April at 20:00.

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‘The Bachelorette SA’ Episode 9 – Who Has Most Chemistry with Qiniso?

The men ponder on who might be the most compatible with Qiniso.

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There’s only a handful of men left in The Bachelorette SA mansion. And with the night of Qiniso’s final selection impending, it’s becoming a little bit clearer which of the guys our bachelorette vibes with the most. During last night’s episode (Thursday, 08 April, at 19:30), the eight men remaining realised they might need to switch it to win over Qiniso’s heart. Or go back home and try again, on Tinder.

With Dylan leaving, the mood in the mansion shifted, and it was time to either get really close with Qiniso or go home. This episode was filled with emotion and some introspection from the men.

‘THE BACHELORETTE SA’ S1 EPISODE 9 HIGHLIGHTS 

JASON PROBING THE MEN

The guys received a surprise visit from Jason, who wanted to see where the men were at. He asked them who they think has the strongest connection with Qiniso. Vuyani and Cameron both said Aviwe, while Peter said Cameron. He then opened up about how Cameron made him feel “unpleasant emotions” whenever he sees him with her.

ALSO READ: DYLAN EXITS THE BACHELORETTE SA MANSION!

After Henk went with Gareth, Peter seemed happy that none of them saw him as a contender, as he feels it is an advantage for him.

THE COMPATIBILITY CHALLENGE 

Jason handed the men a date card, which was a compatibility challenge group date.

All eight men had to find out if they have more of a deeper connection with Qiniso besides the physical and trivial attractions and traits. This was a game designed to make the men answer truthfully and see if they shared the same ideals as Q.

The men were strapped to vertical beds on a field and were given chalkboards to write down their answers to Q’s hard-hitting questions. The one who was the furthest from her answer would have their bed pushed down and would be eliminated.

ALSO READ: THE AWKWARD GROUP DATE – ‘BACHELORETTE SA’ EP 6

Henk was surprisingly the first to bow out. He was then followed by Ruan, Justin, Peter, Aviwe, and then Vuyani. It was down to Cameron and Gareth, and Gareth just narrowly won the challenge, earning him a one-on-one date with Qiniso.

THE PIZZA DATE 

Gareth went on a really intimate and fun date with Qiniso, where they got to build their own pizzas. The date began very playful and turned into something where they both began to open up. Gareth revealed that he started to really fall for her and that he had not felt that way about someone in a very long time.

THE HARD QUESTIONS 

The rest of the men were left to chill with each other at the mansion, where they begin to really probe each other about how compatible they felt they were with her.

They then went on to tell Vuyani how aggressive Peter was to him, after he was taken out of the game instead of Vuyani. Something Vuyani was surprised by.

Henk and Ruan admitted that they were not quite ready to be engaged yet, something that rubbed Peter the wrong way.

As the day turned into night, the guys were waiting for Gareth to return from his date, but what they got instead was Jason, who delivered another date card, but it was not a card that they wanted to hear. It read, “Two men, one rose, one stays, one goes.” And those two men were Peter and Vuyani.

This bombshell left the episode on a cliffhanger. Who will go home, and who will stay to continue to fight for Qiniso’s heart?

 

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Why ‘The Real Housewives of Johannesburg’ S3 Got Canned

The lost season.

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The highly anticipated third season of popular 1Magic reality television series, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, has been canned! M-Net confirmed on Wednesday that the show had been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances experienced during the production of the show”.

Which, we are now finding out, is a physical scuffle between cast members!

It comes after shocking allegations that DJ Tira’s wife, Gugu Khathi, physically assaulted Christall Kay outside a nightclub in Pretoria back in March. Khathi had joined the cast for the now shelved season. According to various sources, M-Net has decided they would no longer be airing the season, which was already in its advanced of filming.

And on Wednesday, Christall Kay confirmed to several publications that she’s considering taking legal action against Khathi. She recalled the incident to TshisaLive. “Gugu Khathi is the one who punched me in the eye, resulting in a black eye. She did this when I was sitting and there was no threat to her. I have evidence to prove this. She (Gugu) is scared about what she has done and is trying to make out a case against me”, said Christall.

Khathi has not denied the allegations, but has said through her Instagram that she’d acted in self defense as “(Christall) hit me first”.

She had joined as part of the main cast, replacing Mpumi Mops, who left the show after a fellow cast member had paddled a narrative of her cheating on her husband, I.T mogul Lenamile Isaac Mophatlane.

Execs at M-Net must be fuming because the series had already been filmed, along with the first batch of diary sessions and all. It would also have premiered hot on the heels of the Real Housewives of Durban, giving both 1Magic and Showmax that hot run for the rest of the year.

There’s no word on whether the entire show has been cancelled for ever, or whether it’s just the season that has been tossed aside.

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