Entanglements, break-ups, love stories - Somizi and Gabisile on new Moja Love show

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Presenters Gabisie Tshabalala and Somizi Mhlongo share what viewers can expect on the new Moja Love show Lovey Dovey.
Presenters Gabisie Tshabalala and Somizi Mhlongo share what viewers can expect on the new Moja Love show Lovey Dovey.

South Africans can't wait to see what the show will bring. Not only are they expecting drama because it is a show about people looking for love, it will also feature Somizi Mhlongo as a host alongside Gabisile Tshabalala. 

The reality show, Lovey Dovey, is set to premier on Moja Love on 19 March from 9pm. 

With 15 contestants living under one roof, all looking to find love, the hosts uncover who will walk down the aisle, winning a wedding of their dreams, plus prize money of R500 000.  

Set on an opulent estate on the banks of the Vaal River, Lovey Dovey sees the contestants maneuvering the dating space with one aim in mind, to see which couple will end up exchanging vows.  

Somizi and Gabisile say viewers can look forward to rich content with twists and turns, with definitely some entanglements, break-ups and make-ups, a bit of back-stabbing, and much more - all in the name of love.

Viewers can expect participants trying to woo the hearts of those they are attracted to in the mansion, by all means necessary as they play all sorts of exciting games and steal moments of romance. But in a twist, on Sunday nights at 10pm, someone will have to leave the Lovey Dovey mansion in the elimination show every week. 

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At the viewing of the reality show at Ohmi, Rinovia in Johannesburg where the contestants gathered to preview the show, Somizi spoke openly about how the show came at the perfect time in his life when he had been going through personal difficulties. 

“When I got the Moja Love job, I was going through a lot as you can imagine,” he says. 

“I thought I had been blacklisted. People wouldn’t touch me. Nothing had been proven but people had concluded that I was guilty, and they [Moja Love] came and gave me an opportunity.” 

He says working on the show was amazing. 

“My co-host, Gabi was super amazing to work with. She is still a young girl that wants to learn. She is over-enthusiastic, but she also allowed me to take charge and bully her a bit,” he jokes. 

“We worked so well together. The crew was amazing. Forget what you’ve heard about Moja Love not having money, but I was paid well, I was paid well, and I enjoyed my time. So don’t be shocked when I buy my eight houses, but I bought a new car and I am okay,” he jokes.

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Gabi is a hard-working mom of five, a career woman, and she is married to a Congolese hunk and she still makes time for herself, she says. Working with Somizi was a dream come true. 

“I grew up watching him and I was excited and humbled when heard that I’d be working with him,” she says. 

“I learned a lot and I was open to his years of wisdom. She has been married for seven years with five kids and he can be considered a romance expert. 

“Balancing kids, family and marriage is not easy but it is very rewarding,” she says. 

“I make time for myself and the kids and I also priorities myself by always working out,” she adds.

Gabi says she is blessed to work and have a family to go to.

"It's not my doing but God. I am so humbled to be able to wake up every morning and do what I love."

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