Durban teen goes extra mile for MTV job

2013-10-16 00:00

HE did not even get a call-back for the Durban leg of MTV Base VJ Search auditions, but a Cato Manor teenager threw out a challenge to destiny when he jetted off to Johannesburg to try his luck again in the nationwide talent search.

Now Cyprian Ndlovu (19) has a one in three chance of clinching the sought-after title when the winner is announced on Saturday in Johannesburg.

Prayer and countless sessions of practising in front of a mirror are what propelled him to the final stages of the contest, Ndlovu believes. “Sometimes you get discouraged when you pray and not get answers immediately, but God does answer eventually,” he said.

When he entered last time, he did not even make it to the Top 10 in Durban.

Not one to be fazed by such mishaps, he came back again more determined this year. He said family and friends offered a good support structure. “It is very important to hang out with motivated individuals.”

In addition to the MTV Base job, the winner also receives a Citroën DS3 Cabrio worth R315 000. From the beginning of next month, the winner will also host their own brand-new weekly music show on MTV Base, The Official SA Top 10.

Ndlovu, who is doing his first year studying for a Business and Social Sciences degree at Monash University in Johannesburg, said the presenting bug bit him in high school.

“I was good at physics and accounting, but realised I was outgoing and that I could use that as a career,” he said.

“If you think everything happens in just a flash then you are mistaken and probably not doing it for the right reasons,” he advised.

The KZN hopeful is vying against Wits University student Tsholoele Semenya (21) and 23-year-old IT technician Sandile Ntshingila.

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