Sade Wagner taking TLC by storm

2016-09-21 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Pietermaritzburg’s Sade Wagner (22) is currently in Cape Town participating in the TLC Africa’s Next Great Presenter.

PHOTO:supplied Pietermaritzburg’s Sade Wagner (22) is currently in Cape Town participating in the TLC Africa’s Next Great Presenter.

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FLYING the Pietermaritzburg flag high is Sade Wagner (22) who is currently in Cape Town participating in the TLC Africa’s Next Great Presenter. TLC, channel 135 on DSTV, has selected 13 semi-finalists from across the continent to participate in the competition.

In her first interview with the media, Wagner told Maritzburg Fever that she always wanted to “become someone” in the entertainment industry and represent her hometown.

She attended Longmarket Girls Primary School and matriculated from Russell High in 2012. She had her heart set on studying at a university in Cape Town however, due to financial constraints, had to remain in Pietermaritzburg where she attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Although I was initially disappointed that I could not leave to Cape Town, I know now that it was the best gift to stay. I needed to stay in order to become the best version of myself staying true to my roots in the city. I have been exposed to so many opportunities at UKZN that I would have never been exposed to had I moved,” she said.

Wagner studied Media and Drama and participated in various productions during her years at university snapping up the lead in a couple productions including Blood Wedding and Boesman and Lena. She was a paid actress in these productions as a second year varsity student.

Upon completing her degree in April this year she began to apply for various roles in the entertainment industry however nothing came to fruition until last week when she got the call from TLC Africa announcing that she was a semi-finalist in the competition. She is the only semi-finalist from Pietermaritzburg and one in five South Africans selected out of 1 500 auditions across Africa.

“I entered the competition last year as well but it was just on the side while I focused on my studies. This year I took it really seriously and put my all into my audition video. With the help of my friend, I put the video together in just one take and sent it off. I prayed when I sent it and said that whatever will be, will be,” said Wagner.

Wagner said that she got her knack for presenting from after hosting a few events while still in school and hosted a number of matric balls and hosted two Acoustiq Assassains soirées in the Hexagon Dive Theatre in 2015 and 2016.

She said that she will fly the flag of Pietermaritzburg high making sure that people know that the city is a hub of talent with much to offer. “Being a small town, we are often overlooked but our talent contribution to the industry is large. Many great talents have their roots in Pietermaritzburg and I know that I will have the support of the city during my time on the show.”

Wagner is currently attending the TLC Next Greatest Presenter boot camp in Cape Town where they will be put through their presenting paces by the judges and industry experts as they undertake screen tests, performance coaching, fashion styling, as well as brand and media training to see who really has what it takes to be a host on Africa’s number one lifestyle and entertainment channel. She was looking forward to the adventure as it is her first time going to Cape Town.

“I’m excited to grow as a person, to meet new people and maturing in many ways while also getting my first real taste of the entertainment industry,” she said.

The line-up of expert judges including radio and TV personality, Thando Thabethe, head of content at Multichoice, Aletta Alberts, editor of, Zee Dladla, celebrity publicist and communications strategist, Jarred Doyle and VP of Channels for Discovery Networks CEEMEA, Lee Hobbs, will select the top three. Thereafter the TLC audience will decide who should be crowned the winner and travel to London to film the brand new series, TLC’s MOST EXTREME coming to TLC Entertainment in 2017. The winner will also feature in a special once off documentary and win a luxury holiday for two courtesy of Sun International.

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