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First Look at the Girlies on Temptation Island SA

The single huns are finally here.

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Two things; we are excited about the upcoming season of Temptation Island South Africa because the international versions of the popular reality show franchise are a good distraction in a crisis. More importantly, we appreciate the fact the show’s cast reflects the diverse demographic in South Africa, something we’re glad to see the major channels taking seriously.

No one wants that Love Island SA fiasco to happen ever again.

QuenchSA recently revealed the single bachelors featured on the highly anticipated reality show, which will premiere on Showmax on 26 August 2021. Drool over the 10 hot singletons here, or just check out some of the game they pledge.

We now get to have a look at the 10 single ladies taking part on Temptation Island South Africa. There’s something there for everyone, from actresses to rap queens to yoga instructors. I’d first chat up the yoga instructor with questions about the aftermath of yoga please.

Chile anyway. Meet the girlies

ANGELIQUE SAMUELS 

28 | Joburg  | Group exercise trainer and model 

Angelique is a charismatic woman ready to manifest her dream man the way she’s manifested her wildest dreams, like appearing on two dating reality TV shows in a year: Temptation Island South Africa and The Longest Date.

“I’m definitely here for adventure and love,” says Angelique, who says her power of seduction is in her eyes and that her ideal date would be Aquaman.

BONTLE MORE 

23 | Joburg and Cape Town | Entrepreneur 

Bontle is looking for a guy with whom she can enjoy the finer things in life; only power players need apply. Her power of seduction? “My honesty and my sweetness.”

“I entered Temptation Island because I’m looking for love and a partner to spend the rest of my life with,” says the swimwear line owner.  “And I believe I’m an entertainer and my personality has to be seen.”

DIMPHO KHOABANE 

21 | Joburg  | Musician and promoter 

If your momma ever warned you about independent and confident queens, Dimpho is who she had in mind. This vivacious social butterfly is looking for a man who won’t cower when the whole room turns to watch her every move.

“I entered Temptation Island to find love and have fun at the same time,” says Dimpho, who believes her power of seduction is in her eyes.

EVE RASIMENI

29 | Joburg | Actress  

You’ll recognise Eve from her roles in the 2021 South African Film and Television Awards winner Tydelike Terminaal and Hhayi Bo Mnakwethu, among other things. Brutally honest and proud, Eve has had her fair share of tumultuous relationships and she took a year out of dating to reflect. She’s not looking for a traditional setup and she sees Temptation Island as the perfect space to find a love she can design.

She’s looking for “teddy bear love” from “someone who is definitely supportive in all areas of life.” She believes her power of seduction is her presence and her personality.

GIGI LAMAYNE 

26 | Joburg | Rap queen 

This rap queen is not looking for a groupie – she’s looking for a real man. Gigi is ready to dominate the dating scene just like she dominates the charts with her killer bars. She’s no shrinking violet and she’s not afraid to walk away from a relationship that’s not right for her.

“I’ve always watched the international franchise and I’ve always wanted to be part of a cast,” says Gigi. “I’m looking for a hunk to take home, which would be amazing because I haven’t had any luck on the streets.”

LERATO MALATJIE 

24 | Joburg  | Yoga instructor, wellness entrepreneur and model 

This cosmopolitan woman grew up in Limpopo but recently moved back to Joburg, after a couple of years in the States. A former beauty queen, she’s discovered her inner peace as a yoga instructor and she’s ready to share her special energy with someone new.

“My power of seduction is that I am the epitome of black girl magic,” says Lerato. “I just really embrace who I am and love my skin.”

LILITA MLAHLWA

26 | Durban | Business owner 

Lilita isn’t one to mess around – she runs her own life and her own businesses and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. After seven months of being single, she’s looking for a straight-talking man to romance her.

“I entered Temptation Island because I wanted to try something new,” says Lilita, who adds that her power of seduction is “my eyes and my personality.”

NICOLE ‘COCO’ KAAS

22 | Joburg | Co-business owner, model and interior designer 

Coco is the girl next door who captures men’s hearts. She co-owns an upholstery company with her mother, who’s also her best friend. She’s made it her life’s mission to understand how guys tick – and she has a few tricks up her sleeve for getting just what she wants.

“My power of seduction would definitely be my sass,” says Coco.

PALESA RAMODIBE 

31 | Joburg | Event coordinator 

With a vibrant, bubbly energy, Palesa loves to flirt her way around a party. She’s been single for a year, and she’s ready to show South Africa how she’s got her groove back and is ready for romance.

She admits she entered Temptation Island on a workplace dare, but says she is ultimately looking for her soulmate. Her power of seduction? “The way I look at you is going to tell you I am interested,” she says.

ZINHLE NKOSI

28 | Joburg | NGO founder, broadcaster and activist 

Don’t be fooled by the piercings and tattoos – Zinhle grew up in Pietermaritzburg as a good girl in a strict home. She’s looking for a man who won’t be intimidated by her independence and who can match her drive and ambition. Her guy needs to have a sense of humour and not try to change who she is.

“My power of seduction is being myself and me being authentic,” says Zinhle, who is also on The Longest Date. “Also, I’m good with touch…”

Produced by Afrokaans Film & Television (Survivor SA), Temptation Island South Africa is the first international reality TV series format Showmax has licensed. Distributed by Banijay Rights, the global distribution arm of Banijay, Temptation Island is a Teen Choice-nominated pop culture phenomenon, which has been adapted 25 times and counting.

Temptation Island South Africa premieres on 26 August 2021, with new episodes every Thursday until 4 November 2021.

 

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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