What my YOU Spectacular Award meant to me

By Shanaaz Prince
08 May 2015

This year’s nominees were announced this week and we can’t wait to see who you choose as the winners on the big night.

This year’s nominees were announced this week and we can’t wait to see who you choose as the winners on the big night.

We asked some of our previous YOU Spectacular winners what their awards mean to them.

Katlego Maboe – Most Stylish Male Celeb 2014

The Expresso presenter was over the moon about his Favourite TV Presenter win. The Expresso presenter was over the moon about his Favourite TV Presenter win.

“Walking away with a trophy at the end of the night was incredible, especially considering it was based on a public vote,” the Expresso presenter says. “It really means a great deal to get the stamp of approval from the people that watch you every day because I think style is an outward expression of one’s inner-self so it's like people saying, ‘We like the person that you are’.”

“It’s a tremendous honour, and something I don't take lightly. It’s a humbling privilege. Good luck to all the nominees for this year's YOU Spectacular.”

Melinda Bam and Adriaan Bergh – Favourite Couple 2013

Melinda says the day she married Adriaan was the most magical day of her life. PHOTO: Instagram Melinda says the day she married Adriaan was the most magical day of her life. PHOTO: Instagram

“We were a little bit surprised,” says the former Miss South African, who tied the knot with Adriaan, a former Mr South Africa, last year. “We never really thought about it that much, but it was a great experience.”

“It was great knowing that people could see how happy and in love we are. It was great being able to show people a true love story – that true love really still exists.”

Zenande Mfenyana – Favourite Actress 2014

Zenande loves that she won the award thanks to the YOU readers. PHOTO: Facebook Zenande loves that she won the award thanks to the YOU readers. PHOTO: Facebook

“Winning last year was an honour for me,” the former Generations actress says. “I equate the YOU Spectacular Awards to the People’s Choice Awards in the US – because the winners are chosen by the people who support them and want them to win, not a panel of judges, but people who actually watch the show and love what we do.”

Jeannie D – Sexiest Woman 2014

Beautiful Jeannie D was only chuffed to walk away with the Sexiest Woman title. Beautiful Jeannie D was only chuffed to walk away with the Sexiest Woman title.

“I’m soooo proud of my awards and feel honoured that so many South African fans, friends and viewers have stood by me for so many years,” says Jeannie, who walked away with the Sexiest Woman award last year and won the awards for Most Stylish Woman and Favourite TV Presenter in previous years. “And that they’ve appreciated my work – it’s very humbling. I’m so grateful to YOU magazine for recognising our entertainment industry and what we do.”

Chad Le Clos – Favourite Sports Star 2013

Swimming star Chad has won more than his fair share of awards - but his YOU Spectacular was particularly special. Swimming star Chad has won more than his fair share of awards - but his YOU Spectacular was particularly special.

“It’s obviously always a huge thing to win any award,” the South African Swimming sensation says. “But winning a YOU Spectacular award was particularly special because I pride myself on being a people’s person and it was nice to know I was recognised by the people.”

This year’s YOU Spectacular takes place at Emperors Palace on 13 June and you can join us for the star-studded party. Tickets cost R150 each and are available from Deirdre de Lange on 021-406-4446 or email deirdre.delange@media24.com

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