A multitalented star in the making

2012-05-08 00:00

LOCAL entertainer Lungelo ­Sithole is well on his way to making his dreams come true. The 25-year-old choreographer, presenter and radio news anchor is a judge on YOtv’s youth show Battle Stations on SABC1.

Sithole’s love for entertainment started at a young age, and grew when he saw people like Michael Jackson, Usher and Sisqo perform on TV.

“When I was in high school I was given my own dance class, where I taught during the school’s culture period. I was responsible for choreographing all the dance and drama routines for our school,” he said.

But it was former Channel O and V-Entertainment host Nonhle Thema who made Sithole fall in love with presenting. “I saw her going around the world interviewing big stars. That was very exciting for me,” he said, adding that his dream of becoming a TV presenter almost came true when he was one of the top five finalists in Selimathunzi’s national presenter search.

“In 2011, I told myself that I would put other things on hold and focus on my goals. Although I didn’t get the job, I learnt a lot from the experience and gained confidence,” Sithole said.

Selimathunzi opened doors for the entertainer, who came to the attention of uMgungundlovu Community Radio (UCR FM), where he was a gig-guide announcer and celebrity news anchor.

“I love radio, and would like to be on a national station one day. Tbo Touch [Metro FM radio DJ] is my favourite radio personality. He inspires me because he can connect with his listeners and is a good entertainer,” he said.

Entertainment is not the only thing that’s close to Sithole’s heart. He also has a soft spot for young people, and was made the ambassador for Youth of Choice, an organisation which aims to empower young people to make a positive change.

And, he believes that his hometown has a lot of talented young people. “They just need to believe in themselves, and keep pushing until their dreams become a reality,” he added.

Looking to the future, Sithole would like to move to Jo­hannesburg because there are more ­opportunities in enter­tainment in the Gauteng city, and he’d love to get a slot on a na­tional radio station and do more TV shows. “Everything that I have achieved so far has been a stepping stone for me,” he said, adding that he is currently ­working on his own YouTube Channel show, Lu’z Lounge, which will be covering entertainment news, music and fashion trends around Pietermaritzburg.

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