MTV VJ Durban hopefuls

2012-07-20 00:00

TEN talented KwaZulu-Natalians will be heading to Johannesburg this weekend to take part in the finals of the MTV VJ competition. They will be competing against finalists from Johannesburg and Cape Town for the chance to a win a year’s contract presenting for MTV Base and’s music show Club 808.

Durban’s top 10, who will be judged by Bonang Matheba, HHP, Azania Mosaka and MTV creative director Tim Horwood, were revealed following the MTV VJ auditions at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga last Sunday.

More than 600 applicants were whittled down to a mere 70 or so, before the top 10 was announced in front of a clapping and cheering crowd.

“Words cannot even begin to describe how I feel — I’m ecstatic, over the moon and on fire. I entered because of my love of media. I came back for the third time because I’m a fighter, I believe in myself and I couldn’t just give up,” said Scelo Gumede (25), a media and communications student at Unisa, who unsuccessfully auditioned for two previous MTV Base VJ searches.

When questioned about her chances for winning, finalist Nomzamo Mbatha beamed and said: “If I told you that I’m not going to win this, then why am I even bothering?”

Sizwe Dhlomo, a Durbanite who won his position as VJ at the first MTV Base VJ searches back in 2005, made an appearance at the Durban auditions, as did hip-hop trio Teargas.

The handful of Durban hopefuls were called up in groups of around five, and criticised or complimented on their presenting styles, acting ability and appearance.

Among the six women and four men selected as Durban finalists, were ecstatic identical twins Precious and Pretty Zondo (20). Precious is studying cost-management accounting, while Pretty studies catering ­management. “When we got here, our line was makubenjalo, which means ‘let it be so’. That’s what kept us going throughout the audition, and that’s how we made it through,” said Pretty.

Horwood said: “We saw some really outstanding VJ candidates, and their talent and enthusiasm were so infectious, that we had a hard job narrowing them down.”

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