Social – Taking a good gamble

I declare Jeannie D South Africa’s equivalent of Ryan Seacrest. She’s the hardest working woman in Egoliwood.

There’s hardly a red carpet, ramp or stage she doesn’t set foot on, and more likely than not she will have a microphone and prep notes in hand, earpiece in and megawatt smile ready.

On Tuesday, the Top Billing presenter was lending her skills to host the launch of SABC3’s local drama High Rollers at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park.

The theme was Good, Bad and Sexy, and there’s no doubt which one Jeannie D was in her trademark skintight dress and severe ponytail à la Kim Kardashian.

Her colleagues also came out en masse to work and support their channel’s new high stakes – and by the looks of it, expensive – series.

Looking a bit dour was Salamina Mosese, who was there with her rapper/actor/presenter husband Howza.

Cheer up girl, you’ve got a great career, a cute toddler, a hot hubby and you’re gorgeous.

Someone who was in a better mood was Mosese’s fellow presenters Lorna Maseko and Bonang Matheba, who were in full glamazon mode for the TV cameras.

I’m loving seeing Zuraida Jardine back on the social scene.

On Tuesday, her arm candy of choice was husband Josh Lindberg.

She was great in a tight scarlet dress that inspired Lindberg to bet on red at the roulette table.

Oh yes, High Rollers is all about the sexy and intriguing world of gambling and, judging by the clips played at the launch, it’s going to rake in awards at the next Saftas.

With a stellar cast that includes Justin Strydom, Fezile Mpela and Brumilda van Rensburg, it’s bound to.

The cast was introduced to the guests as couples in glass displays at the casino’s 64 Live, the club/lounge that used to be called Monsoon Lagoon.

Dressed in Gert-John Coetzee and Rubicon, the nine main cast members were in their element as they sauntered on stage to tell us a bit about their characters.

Viewers will be thrilled to see two of TV land’s vixens make proper comebacks – Van Rensburg is still formidable and Xolile Tshabalala should still make us squirm with her biting?comments.

Entertainment was courtesy of the casino dancers who mesmerised with a cabaret, contemporary and hip-hop routine.

DJ Lulo Cafe then played some chilled sounds in the background as guests enjoyed the sushi bar, cajun fish, stuffed potatoes, spicy lamb shish kebabs and mushroom and venison tarts.

Dessert was a retro spread of jelly, trifle, fruit salad, cake slices and brownies. Yum.

But some of us got stuck at the roulette table and enjoyed playing with the free chips.

Vuzu’s Lalla Hirayama prised boyfriend Chris Nkosi away from that fun.

These two have to be in the top-five of my favourite celeb couples in Jozi list.

The early week launch was a fun, big chill and proved that a guest list doesn’t need to be bloated to make a good event.

»?High Rollers premieres on SABC3 on Tuesday at 8.30pm

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