Old local reality shows you probably haven't forgotten

PHOTO: Drum archives
PHOTO: Drum archives

When it comes to programs people enjoy watching on TV, Reality shows can easily be counted at the top of the list.

From makeovers, competitions or shows about love everyone has a favourite.

With shows such as Uyang’thanda na, Idols SA and Tropika Island of Treasure keeping us glued to our screens every day, DRUM decided to take a trip down memory lane by flashing back to the top 5 reality shows that kept us entertained back in the day.

Do you remember any of these?

1.       Zola 7

Who can ever forget the line “Give me three days to help you with your lifelong dreams”?

Zola 7 was a reality show hosted by Bonginkosi Dlamini who is popularly known by his stage name Zola.

The show was a television series where the well-known Kwaito artist helped people who wrote to him solve their problems.

These problems included getting a job, getting one’s talent noticed, accessing basic resources in communities, standing up to prejudice and intolerance or relationship issues.

Zola was dubbed a hero because of his actions and many still wish the show would return on their screens.

2.       Jam-Alley

Jam Alley was a very popular youth show that aired from 1993.

The show doubled as a talent show and a game show where contestants were expected to play games by answering music questions and would later get a chance to perform some of their favourite songs.

At the end of each episode an artist would close the show off with a performance of their latest song.

What people loved about the show were the presenters who were very energetic and fun, some of these presenters include Vinolia Mashego who was known as V-Mash, Nestum Nyakale and Seipati Seoke who is known by her radio name Twasa.

3.       Coca-cola pop stars

Coca-cola pop stars was one of the best reality-music shows back in the early 2000s.

The last season  aired in 2004 where the female group Jamali lost to the male group Ghetto Lingo, although Jamali emerged as the successful group after the competition.

Other groups that came out from the show are 101 (where Pam Andrews’ career started), Adilah and Afro Z.

4.       Running with the reps

This reality show let us into the crazy lives of a dance group called The Repertoires. When they weren’t dancing, this group of young boys were partying it up, fighting and getting into all kinds of mischief.

The group consisted of 7 consistent members: Nthato Malete, Larry “Larryngitis” Mncube-Nhlane, Michael Makwala, Sentle “T-Chama” Mazibuko, The Thundacats 9Kea and Thato Deluxe and Tejee “DJ Ellipsis” Mbuyamba.

Together these 7 characters showed us what it was like to be cool while staying in the trendy Johannesburg.

Remember that emotional episode where Larryngitis tried to kill himself? And who could ever forget that episode where TJ beat up Nthato? Oh the drama!

5.       Mo Love

Comedian Toll Ass Mo and his then girlfriend (now wife) Mome let us into their lives in 2012.

This couple quickly became a favourite after viewers witnessed their fights, struggles, celebrations and later their wedding and their growing family.

At some point, everyone thought the Mahlangus were the perfectly imperfect pair and we can’t think of a couple that could be more perfect.

Mo Love was one of the best reality TV shows to hit VUZU and fans were sad to find out that there would be no more seasons after just two seasons of the show.

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