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08 June 2011

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If we mentioned the names Ryan Murgatroydand Konstantinos Karatamoglou you’d probably ask “who?” But if we said Crazy White Boy? Bet that would be a different story.

Ryan and Konstantinos – or Kosta as he’s called – make up the band that has become one of the hottest house outfits to hit the SA music scene in a long time.

The Cape Town-based boys had a megahit with Love You Better but are making waves not only here – their song is top of the charts in Portugal and they’re off to that country for three months soon.

We pinned them down to ask how they feel about being nominated in the Favourite Newcomer category in this year’s YOU Spectacular. In short, they were blown away.

“We make music we love and don’t force anyone to come to our gigs, nor do we do heavy marketing or publicity. So to get this kind of recognition is amazing.”

Also in the Newcomer category are Isidingo’s Ashish Gangapersad, Idols winner Elvis Blue, Top Billing’s Simba Mhere and 7de Laan’s Hildegardt Whites.

Ashish, who plays Prada in the soapie, is delighted to be nominated.

“I appreciate any recognition I get for the work I do,” he says.

As does Elvis Blue, who’s having a cracker of a year. “Next month I have 30 performances in 30 days and that includes the YOU Spectacular.”

But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love what I do. I’m thankful for acknowledgements.”

Top Billing presenter Simba is in London interviewing R&B singer Jill Scott when we call to tell him about his nomination.

“It’s great to be recognised among my fellow entertainers,” he says. “Working at Top Billing is wonderful – I’ve interviewed Anne HathawayJamie FoxxJill Scott and Will.i.am.”

Hildegardt, who plays Bonita in 7de Laan, is overwhelmed by her nomination. She has been swept off her feet since starting on the Laan, she says.

“People come up to talk to me. I must admit it’s weird – all this is so new to me!”

Well, she’s bound to get used to it: her star is rising. And stars are what YOU Spectacular is about.

Voting for this year’s gala event is well under way so if you haven’t voted yet get those fingers working.

The more you vote for your favourite in the various categories the greater their chances of winning a coveted award. And you could be one of the lucky ones at Emperors Palace on the night of 16 July to watch them do so. Remember you can vote as often as you like.

CLICK HERE to vote online and find out about all the fabulous prizes you can win.

CLICK HERE to read the article that appeared in the issue of 9 June 2011 in pdf format.

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