TV review – The shame game

2014-07-03 10:00

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Nguwe Na?

Mzansi Magic

Thursdays, 6pm

Some people seem to always find themselves on the wrong side of the dating game – the lonely zebra at the back of the herd. You’d think these people would stay off TV. But no.

Now in its second season, dating game show NguweNa?, hosted by former Boom Shaka star Thembi Seete, offers a chance of romance to those who are brave enough to compete for it on TV.

With three bachelors pining for the affection of one bachelorette, the show takes dating to the extreme as the men battle it out to win the heart of one love-seeking damsel.

I personally find it a foreign concept to profess my love via SMSes or on social media, let alone on TV. For me, it is something done privately – on-screen rejection may have serious off-screen repercussions for a guy. The art of seduction should be done clandestinely and should only be shared with close friends.

It was painful to watch Seun, Sthembiso and the flamboyantly named Concept King embarrass themselves through a series of tasks meant to charm their way into damsel Buhle’s heart – who had to score these gentlemen blindfolded until a winner emerged.

Their tasks were to massage her, to mix drinks, to serenade her and the like.

Poor Seun was an obvious choice for elimination from the start. He tried his best, but was no match for the other two.

Sthembiso was the ultimate smooth operator and strong contender for the prize – a date with Buhle worth R3?000.

He went all out on the challenges and came out tops with an eventual score of 35, while his nemesis Concept King, who Buhle thought was the winner after taking off her blindfold, managed a score of 32.

Only the quick-witted will survive.

That is unfortunate for the likes of an average guy like Seun, who was sent packing with nothing but public humiliation to show for his endeavour.

The German word ‘schadenfreude’ means taking delight in another’s misfortune. There’s a huge dose of it in NguweNa?

But Seun chose to enter, so that’s his fault. The things we do for our 15 minutes of fame.

It would’ve been good to see how the date between Buhle and Mr Smooth turned out, but evidently the show doesn’t have that kind of budget.

Instead, it uses humans as special effects.

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