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2013-08-11 14:00

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Telenovela stars took over Joburg this week to celebrate SA launch of Telemundo TV, writes Lesley Mofokeng

The red lights inside Movida nightclub in Sunninghill, Joburg set the scene for what could have been a night of passion with a distinctive Latin flavour.

Six stars from the dazzling world of telenovelas brought their perfectly pruned and preened hair, megawatt smiles and obvious star presence.

A few local stars came to mingle with these perfect specimens for the launch of Telemundo in South Africa and the continent.

The ambience inside was perfect, the setup was cosy and intimate and the spicy hot paella served on tiny bamboo dishes was a winner.

The first couple of Telemundo, Rafael Amaya and Angélica Celaya, were a hit with locals. My research makes it clear that they are the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of the telenovela world. They shared a few intimate moments as if they were on honeymoon.

Word is that they are engaged, and, clearly, the passion is still strong. Living up to his sex symbol status, Amaya insists on walking around with his shirt half unbuttoned.

Aylín Mújica, who is approaching 40, looked spectacular in her sequined gown. I was too shy to ask if she got any “help” or what might be the fountain of youth she’s drinking from to maintain her body and face. A confessed shoe-aholic, she claims to have more than 300 pairs, which she often brings on set to film with.

David Chocarro said he had been to these shores on honeymoon in the past, before heading to Mauritius.

The stars, who can be seen in 48 African countries from tomorrow on DStv 118, look forward to returning here, and obviously signing more autographs.

Next time, they might be mobbed like what Amaya recently experienced in the US, where a casino was shut down with more than 3?000 people camped outside to spot him.

Mingling with the telenovela royalty was Khwezi Magwaza, former editor of Seventeen magazine who returned two weeks ago from New York where she studied for her MA in journalism at New York University.

The party-goers were mostly reality stars still enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Former Idols finalist Simphiwe Gwegwe, fresh from touring with Ne-Yo in Dubai and the US, was present as was Melissa Allison, who shimmered in a disco-ball dress.

Big Brother alumni also had their reunion with Uti Nwachukwu and Weza Solange showing face. The latter was shooting for Good Morning Africa.

Local soapie stars Kim Engelbrecht and Carmel Fisher, who showed off her figure in a white JJ Schoeman dress with flower details and Socrates animal print shoes, held their own. But an underdressed Jen Su left before the party began.

This was a sign of things to come. By the time DJ Euphonik’s Latin-flavoured selection thumped through the club, most of the guests were gone. The telenovela stars slipped away unnoticed and without showing off their Latin rhythm on the dance floor.

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