Hot on the box

2009-11-09 00:00

THE top 21 contestants in SABC2’s SA’s Got Talent go head to head this week for the chance to win R250 000.

They will be divided into groups of seven and will compete in live shows tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night from 7.30 to 8.30 pm.

Each of these live shows will be followed with a live results show from 9.30 to 10 pm, during which one contestant voted for by the public and one by the judges (Randall Abrahams, Shado Twala and Ian von Memerty) will be put through to the final on Thursday at 7.30 pm.

Among the acts competing in the final are the group Ubumbano from Port Shepstone, whose lead singer is a full-time security guard, and hearing-impaired hip-hop dancer Darren Rajbal from Durban.

The inaugural winner of SA’s Got Talent will be chosen by public vote only and will be announced during the results show, from 9.30 to 10 pm. To vote, send an SMS with the word TALENT, followed by a number from 1 to 7 which represents the act each night, to 34768. Each SMS will be charged at R2. Or call 083 913 4768 and follow the voice prompts. Calls charged at standard cellular rates.

Other television highlights this week include:


• Scandal (, 7.30 pm): In tonight’s episode, the arrival of Gauteng’s new director-general of communications, MP Fiona Davids (Nazli George), puts pressure on Erin (Lorcia Cooper), who believes her mother courts coverage simply because she adores the publicity. Fiona, of course, disagrees and feels she is obliged to be in the public eye because of her role as DG. Expect plenty of fireworks!

• Hawthorne (M-Net, 7.30 pm): In this new series, Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith), director of nursing at Richmond Trinity Hospital, has to cope with the clashing egos of the hospital’s talented doctors and administrators while managing a nursing staff of grizzled veterans and idealistic young rookies.


• 90 Plein Street (SABC2, 9.30 pm): In tonight’s episode, Max Mogale makes no secret of his dislike for Dineo, and Suraya tells Dineo the new president is grateful to her for the role she played in uniting the caucus and that she may soon be more than a back-bencher.


• Top Travel (SABC3, 8 pm): In tonight’s episode, Jeannie D and Janez arrive on Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited island in the world. Janez decides to get a tattoo as a memento of their stay on the island and Jeannie goes dancing with the locals.


• The Style Report (eNews Channel, 9 pm): The second season of this stylish show promises audiences a behind-the-scenes look at all of the season’s major fashion weeks and in-depth interviews with some of the country’s most talented designers, artists and style makers.

• Reggie Perrin (BBC Entertainment, 8 pm): In this new sitcom we meet Reggie Perrin (Martin Clunes), an average man who is finding it difficult to put up with the monotony of life, a disappointing marriage, the office grind and the daily commute.


• The View (SABC3, 11.25 am): If you want to discover more about the three Kardashian sisters — Kim, Khloe and Kourtney — make sure you watch today’s show.

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