It's almost time! Preparations for YOU Spectacular 2016 are in full swing

By Kirstin Buick
16 July 2016

It's going to be a night to remember! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what's going on at Emperor's Palace ahead of tonight's YOU Spectacular Awards.

Lights, camera...

It's the biggest event in local celebs' social calendar! YOU Spectacular 2016 is going down tonight, where we'll reveal who SA's most beloved stars are, as voted for by you.

Here's a reminder of who's in the running for the coveted titles. Unfortunately, voting has closed.

YOU Spectacular 2016: and the nominees are. . .

Of course, a lavish red-carpet affair isn't pulled off without plenty of blood, sweat and tears. And a bit of magic too...

Wielding the magic wand behind the scenes is YOU Deputy Editor, Wendy Stelzmann.

"Everything’s looking great!" she said in between soundchecks for the show.

"We have some fabulous performances lined up, with the artists all doing covers of songs by musicians who’ve died over the past year. So there’s one of David Bowie’s songs, and one by Prince, but with these talented South African artists making it their own."

@anne_hirsch and @wends585 working hard at getting all ready for #youspec2016

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Our ed-in-chief, Charlene Rolls, is also at Emperor's Palace to oversea preparations. Although she may be more occupied with  stalking our host, Anne Hirsh...

I promise I'm not stalking @anne_hirsch... #YOUSPEC2016 A photo posted by Charlene Rolls (@charlene_rolls) on
It's Charlene's first YOU Spectacular as editor, and she's super excited for the big showdown.

"There's a great energy here and it's so cool to see how hard everyone is working to get this show on the road," she said. "Much fun being had here!" On the front lines with Anne were performers Graeme Watkins, Andriëtte Norman, Mathew Gold, Thembeka Mnguni, Jason Hartman, and Lloyd Cele who'll be entertaining the star studded crowd during the awards ceremony.

Wendy found some time to sneak in video interviews (because she has a magic wand...)

YOU journo Mabale Moloi was also on-hand to steal the musos away for a few quick chats.

Keen to see how it all comes together? So are we! Watch this space for a live feed from the red carpet, at 7pm tonight!

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