MTV VJ Hunt: Three KZN youngsters make it into top 10

2012-08-30 00:00

THREE KZN youngsters are a step closer to realising their dreams after they have made it to the top 10 of the MTV Base video jockey (VJ) search.

Mthoko Mkathini (22), of Durban, said he was grateful to have made it this far. Getting the job would be a dream come true.

“It would be my biggest achievement,” he told The Witness.

Mkathini, a second-year graphic design student at the Durban University of Technology, is no stranger to presenter searches. Earlier this year, he made it into the top 14 of the national auditions for SABC1’s music show, Live! Although he did not win, he believes he learned a lot from that experience.

“In every rejection there is room for improvement. I take criticism very well and I am better this time.”

Another finalist, Nondumiso Nyembezi (22), who is also from Durban, said the experience had been an eye-opener.

“This is exciting. I am overwhelmed. It has been amazing.”

Nyembezi, who is completing her BCom accounting degree at the University of Cape Town, believes that she has what it takes to become the next MTV Base VJ presenter.

She said winning the VJ competition would change her life. “This would create a lot of opportunities for me.”

The creative director at MTV Networks Africa, and one of the judges, Tim Horwood, said they were looking for someone who lived the MTV brand.

“We are looking for someone who is eloquent, who can express themselves clearly and who is knowledgable in music.”

Horwood said the turnout was “insane” and that the judges were impressed with the talent.

Next week, the 10 finalists will be trained by TV presenters Bonang Matheba and Mo Flava, and at the end of the episode, the 10 will be narrowed down to five.

The winner will get their own show on the channel, become a voice-over artist and will feature on e.tv music show Club 808. The winner will be announced in October.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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