Aspiring presenters give it their best shot

2013-07-15 00:00

ASPIRING televison music presenters came from all over KwaZulu-Natal in the hope of becoming SA’s next TV personality.

Twenty-five twenty-somethings competed at the Durban Country Club for a chance to become MTV Base’s new VJ (presenter) after beating thousands of candidates at the Gateway shopping mall on Saturday.

Composed, poised and some very excited, the finalists sat waiting patiently for their turn to wow the judges in a mock interview with a celebrity impersonator and a piece-to-camera trial.

Pietermaritzburg-born hopeful Oliver Kongolo (21) said he had entered as a joke. “I am so overwhelmed to be a finalist. The feeling hasn’t yet settled in,” he said.

Kongolo, who is currently studying a B.Com in Accounting at UKZN in Durban, said that if he made it through, it would be a big opportunity and he would have to put his studies on hold.

Some contestants came in pairs, which they said offered more support.

Durban twins Pretty and Precious Zondo (21) said they were actually triplets — the member of the trio who they rehearsed with the most and did not judge them, was the mirror.

“This is our second time entering the competition. We have learnt from our mistakes of last time and hopefully we can do better this time,” said Precious, who is studying at DUT.

When asked if they supported and offered criticism to one another, Pretty, a qualified chef, said, “We often fight over the script. Sometimes I want certain lines and Precious wants the same ones, but we do help each other out a lot.”

Helen Smit, programming director at Viacom and one of the organisers of the event, said that there was a good turn-out comprised of a diverse group.

“Durban never disappoints whenever there are auditions such as these. People know that winning the competition is a life-changing opportunity. Competition has been hardcore and it’s tough to judge all this amazing talent.”

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