Local contender ditches trip to the in-laws for R1 million battle on eTV's 'Island of Treasure'

2012-01-21 00:00

SEVEN celebrities battling seven plebs for R1 million in an island always makes for great TV and Pietermaritzburg’s Nolan Jonathan (27) got to be part of it.

The aspiring musician is part of the fourth season of e.tv’s reality show Tropika Island of Treasure, which starts on February 12 at 6.30 pm.

Jonathan, who lives in Scottsville, shared his memories of Cancun, Mexico, models Tracy McGregor and Joelle Kayembe, DJ Zinhle, hip hop artist Slikour, 5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana, presenter Phila Mazibuko and comedian Tshepo Mogale with Weekend Witness.

“I remember getting that call telling me that I could take part in the competition, but the strange thing is that I could not even remember entering.

“When I was told that I would be going to Mexico I was really excited. It was like that feeling South Africa had before the World Cup kicked off,” said Jonathan.

But, the day he was meant to leave for Mexico was the same day he was supposed to fly to Bulgaria with his wife to visit his in-laws.

“I knew that it was important for my wife, Gerganai, to see her family, but I really wanted to be part of this competition and it was my first trip to Mexico.

“Luckily, my better half understood that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and encouraged me to go.

“Oh, if you are wondering when I met a Bulgarian wife, we met in London and are now living here, which is great,” he said.

In the course of the competition, contestants had to survive a series of daily challenges.

The winner of the challenge votes another competitor off the island.

“To tell the truth we had a lot of fun and the celebrities were just like any ordinary person and only snap into their roles when the camera is on,” he said.

“As much as we were like brothers and sisters we had to remember that there was money involved and that is when cattiness and competitiveness started.

“I would love to tell you more secrets but then you will not watch the show,” he laughed.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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