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Real Housewives of Durban S2 & Real Housewives of Lagos Arrive in Early 2022

The girls ate in the first season. It’s time for new rounds of ridiculous drama.

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The Real Housewives franchise is now heading up north to the West of Africa. Following hot on the heels of Real Housewives of Johannesburg and Real Housewives of Durban, Real Housewives of Lagos is looking to make a splashy entrance early in 2022. In addition to confirming a new season for Durban girls, Showmax also announced that Lagos would be getting its own version of the popular franchise.

The Real Housewives of Lagos (RHOL) will be the first Nigerian instalment of the award-winning franchise, which is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. This also marks the 16th international version of The Real Housewives format and the third to be adapted in Africa.

RHOL will build on the success of the first two African editions. The Real Housewives of Johannesburg was one of the 10 most streamed local series on Showmax in 2019, while The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) broke records when it launched on the African streaming service in January 2021. RHOD has since launched with success in 50 countries across Africa, as well as on hayu in 27 territories internationally, including Canada, UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and the Philippines. Season 2 of the hit show will return to Showmax early next year.

“We’ve seen audiences across Africa devour The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and The Real Housewives of Durban,” says Candice Fangueiro, Showmax’s head of content. “The Real Housewives franchise lends itself to localisation and we know our audience is going to love seeing the show reinvented Naija-style. We can’t wait to show the continent – and the world – another side of Lagos, with all the drama, high fashion and luxury you’d expect from The Real Housewives franchise.”

“We are so proud to build on the international success of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and Durban with our partner Showmax,” added Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal International Formats. “The vibrancy of Lagos and its rich culture, fashion and opulence makes for the perfect setting for the show. We also can’t wait to see the second season of Durban come to life and deliver fans all over the world even more extravagance and entertainment.”

RHOL will be produced by Livespot 360. RHOD is produced by Let It Rain Films, with Thumeka Hlotshana attached to direct Season 2 and Emmy winner Lee Doig (Survivor USA) creative directing.

RHOL and RHOD S2 will be available first on Showmax in more than 40 African countries in early 2022.

RHOL will be the second Showmax Original reality series in Nigeria, following on from the success of I Am LAYCON, starring Big Brother Naija S5 winner Lekan Agbeleshe, which set a Nigerian first-day record for Showmax when it launched in February 2021.

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DJ Zinhle’s Unexpected Reality Show Review – Worth the Buzz?

The latest in South African celebrity reality shows has arrived.

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On the first two episodes of her reality show, Unexpected, DJ Zinhle appears ready to own her narrative. Up until just weeks ahead of the show’s premiere on BET, the media personality had kept her pregnancy private.

With the amount of public interest that attends to her life, it’s a wonder she was able to keep the news from even those closest to her. As we are now learning through this show, DJ Zinhle, real name name Zinhle Jiyane, keeps a strong network of close friends and her tight knit family. Yet not even they were granted access into the privileged news of her second journey to motherhood. At least not until much later!

“I didn’t want to deal with the media”, she explains to her celebrity pal Nomuzi Mabena on the first episode, which marks the start of her journey to breaking the news to everyone. Until now, her boyfriend, Black Motion member Bongani Mohosane is the only one she’s told.  And even that is somewhat of a mystery to Zinhle.

She’d later bring her best-friend Pearl Thusi to tears when breaking the news. Jiyane reveals she’s battled some anxiety over not knowing how the announcement would be received, both by her family and the public. She’s learned by now that the constant chatter around her life on social media can get intense, with fans and detractors yelling at each other for days on end.

It all worked out perfectly in the end, however, as she twinned the announcement of her pregnancy with the scoop on the reality show. It’s a double treat for her fans, who now get to come along as Zinhle journeys to the next chapter of her life on the show, which gives viewers a glimpse into her busy life as a mom of one Kairo, a life on the on the road as one of the country’s most sought after DJ’s, and the fashion empire she’s building.

Far from the badass CEO with a lasting streak in the entertainment business, Unexpected reveals a layer to a woman wearing many hats. Although she’s constantly the talk of the town, whether or not she’s actually the main character of the headlines, the show takes us beyond a celebrity in the spotlight to introduce us to Zinhle, the woman, the mom, the sister, the friend.

Unexpected does not gloss over the rough edges either. From the start, Zinhle allows us to see her without makeup. When home, she’s just as goofy as us mere mortals. She reveals that she needed to find a way to honour AKA’s name even as she allows fans further than they’ve ever gotten before.

Although their names are often splashed alongside each other in the media and in impassioned fan wars on social media, she’s careful not to cultivate an environment that would paddle negative headlines about the father of her child.

Unexpected marks somewhat a departure from the stale format of South African celebrity shows, which have mostly concealed the real stuff behind a sparkly sheen meant to sustain a false display of perfection. There’s a boldness here, as Zinhle really seems ready to just approach her entrance into the world of reality shows with an honest vulnerability. She was either going to do this properly, or continue keeping the most intimate details of her personal life private.

She’s chosen to invite us, and do so without banging out a pretty farce. And so what could have been back to back ad placements for her products, the dishing out of curated moments with her boyfriend Bongani Mohosana to show us they are oh-so-in-love, has been traded for real moments.

Instead, she allows the parallels of announcing her pregnancy and revealing who she is behind the scenes to shine through. DJ Zinhle and Bongani have now welcomed baby Asante Mohosane.

Though it must be said, her sister Gugulethu not noticing Zinhle’s very visible baby bump when she arrived at her house, until Zinhle announces it, felt a bit staged. She might have only found out on the the day of the taping, but the ‘Ooh!’ was totally saved for the camera. It was like, stop it.

Otherwise, we are watching. Unexpected airs on BET, DStv channel 129 on Saturdays at 19:30.

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The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Might be Returning

A comeback we are here for.

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Tea in the streets is that the girlies on The Real Housewives of Johannesburg might be making their way back to the telly. That’s more cheques for the famed frenemies, and more entertainment for us. It is not clear at this point whether the season in question is “the lost season“, or an entirely different one.

Earlier this year, avid fans of RHOJ were scandalised to find out that the third season would not longer be premiering as scheduled. The show’s cancellation came after a highly publicised, alleged physical scuffle between cast members Christall Kay and newest addition Gugu Khathi found its way to the papers.

And while the drama played out off-screen in the media, the negative publicity led to the season being discontinued. M-Net confirmed in April that the 1Magic show had been shelved “due to unforeseen circumstances experienced during the production of the show”.

Kay had alleged at the time that DJ Tira’s wife, Gugu Khathi, had assaulted her outside a nightclub in Pretoria back in March.

M-Net is yet to make any further announcement on the show’s fate, but word is the ladies might finally make their way back.

This comes as Showmax has confirmed the second season of the The Real Housewives of Durban, which is slated to land on the platform in early 2022. The Real Housewives of Lagos have are also very much a thing.

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Nicole Wilmans Becomes The Sole Survivor on Survivor SA

Look who outwitted, outsmarted and outlasted.

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Despite smashing through every challenge and breaking the record for the most wins for individual immunity on Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island, Chappies fell two places short of walking away with the honours he paced through tough scapes in hopes to win.

The jury decided Nicole played the best game out of everyone. Photo credit: MNet

The ‘Challenge Beast’ played hard throughout the season, even pulling a miracle to win immunity when it mattered the most; landing him in the coveted top three spot from which the sole survivor must emerge. But in the end, despite literally jumping through hoops and other gruelling tests to emerge many times an unstoppable beast, we are learning once more that life is trickier. Being a clear contender for the top prize leaves the underdog with plenty of room to move and execute a slick victory at the finish line. See?

Instead nine of the ten members of the jury decided Nicole’s overall game and final plea deserved this glory. Anela bowed out in the top 2, coming as close as you can get. But with a R1 million cash prize at stake on the two-hour finale special, ‘almost’ didn’t count. In the end, it was unanimously decided that Nicole had played a better

This season’s members of the jury. Photo: MNet

With Chappies already holding a Survivor South Africa record after winning seven consecutive Individual Challenges, the odds were against Nicole and Anela in the surprise final Individual Immunity Challenge.

The gruelling endurance challenge lasted over two hours, with Anela falling first before Chappies blacked out and toppled from the precarious balance stakes to hand Nicole Individual Immunity and a seat in the Final Two. Effectively, the choice of who she would sit next to rested with her, as she would cast the only vote at the penultimate Tribal Council.

At camp, Chappies did his best to charm her with’ inside info’ gleaned from his breakfast with Jury member Anesu, while Anela took a soft-touch approach and told her he’d be at peace with whatever decision she arrived at. At Tribal Council, both Chappies and Anela did their best to tug at her heartstrings with emotional appeals, but her mind was made up over who she thought she had a better chance of defeating before the Jury – and she duly wrote Chappies’ name down, making him the ninth and final member of the Jury.

At the final Tribal Council, Anela opened the conversation by explaining how he’d used his sports coaching experience to set up his philosophy for the game, focussing on being the best at ‘getting the little things right’ and playing on pillars of ‘freedom of expression’, ‘simplicity’ and ‘flexibility’. Nicole explained how she’d never erred from her intention of playing the game with integrity, reliability, honesty and trust and how her decision to fight Chappies for Individual Immunity earlier in the game, while everyone else opted for a Spaghetti Bolognese feast, showed her determination.

Each of the Jury members took a different tack when speaking to the Final Two: Renier asked them both to explain why they deserved the title more than the other; Anesu questioned Anela about whether he’d genuinely stayed true to his intentions and Amy asked both whether they’d intentionally pretended to be anything other than their true selves.

Shaun made the simple statement that his vote lay with Anela; Kiran asked them to detail moves they’d considered, but never made; Marisha revealed that she was listening intently because she couldn’t decide which to vote for; Tyson said his decision was made and couldn’t be changed and Chappies questioned Anela about how he’d embraced his vulnerability during the game.

In the end, Nicole’s blend of sheer tenacity and integrity was enough to sway the Jury in her favour, trouncing Anela in the final vote.

 

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