Scene City: Top Billing’s glam hopefuls

2012-07-14 08:45

Photogenic finalists seek fame in presenter search

Glamour is the word that comes to mind when you think of the SABC3

show Top Billing. So it comes as no surprise that

people are willing to give their eye teeth for a chance to be a presenter on the


On Tuesday evening, the show – at the Fire & Ice in Melrose

Arch, Jozi – revealed the Top 10 contestants of

their presenter search called My Top Billing


Among them are a Sharks flanker, a navy doctor, academics, an opera

singer, models, a law student and entrepreneurs.

Yes, South Africans are so desperate for fame they are willing to

give up noble careers so that their Colgate smiles can be beamed into our

lounges every Tuesday night.

I like hopeful Jonathan Boynton-Lee, who comes a close second to

the show’s delectable Janez Vermeiren.

At least he did, until they dyed his hair

ash blond during a make-over that, in his case, was a make-under. He did promise

to urge the producers to change it back to its natural brown.

Former Simunye talking head Zama Ngcobo is one of the finalists,

which gives her an unfair advantage over the newbies. She was in her element

among the nervous bunch.

Former Miss SA Bokang Montjane was easily the best-dressed at the

event, which begs the question why she’s not on the show yet. We all know it’s

where Miss SAs end up anyway.

Upon entrance, guests were served sushi and sweet pastry treats

placed near a makeshift bar serving a very limited selection of drinks. MC

Jeannie D did her megawatt smile thing. Gosh, but it’s blinding!

She introduced last year’s presenter-search winner Simba Mhere, who

gushed about “what a fantastic journey it has been”.

He even name-dropped,

talking about how he shared a cocktail with Jamie Foxx, which elicited an

envious gasp from one of the contestants. We’ll assume she missed only that


The evening ended as soon as the show’s screening finished with

many rushing off to get home and out of the cold.

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