Congratulations to Jonathan Boynton-Lee, the new face on the hit show Top Billing. Boynton-Lee was named the winner of the My TopBilling Dream Presenter Search last night. He beat out finalists Zama, Chemendran, Lynelle and thousands of other hopefuls to land the job so many (including me) dream of.
I didn’t watch the show religiously, but at first when I saw Jonathan I thought to myself here we go again. Let me tell you twenty minutes into the show my perceptions changed. He and Lynelle were by far the most natural. They weren’t overdoing it like their fellow finalists and they seemed the most grounded. When Jonathan did his interview with upcoming superstar (true story) Paige Mac, my views were completely swayed. He was honest, sincere and the interview was great. Plus he played piano while Paige sang. Winner.
I was torn between him and Lynelle, but at the end of the day the judges and the viewers voted – and it’s votes that count. So Jonathan was named the winner and after what I saw, I’m happy about it. I think he’ll do very well on the show. On winning the competition, Jonathan said, “It was pretty nerve-wracking. My mom was there and you know how it is when your mom’s around – since I was a little boy I always wanted to make her proud.”
Executive Producer, Patience Stevens said, “This year was particularly hard to choose a winner as we had such talented finalists, but ultimately Jonathan won us over. Right from the start when he first auditioned in Johannesburg we recognised something special in him – especially the way he spoke to us from the heart – but like the others nine finalists, he was put through his paces until we were absolutely sure he was exactly what we wanted for Top Billing.”
I’m hoping to get an interview with Jonathan in the next few days, so stay tuned and congratulations to him.
Once the dust has settled I’m also hoping they’ll find a spot for Lynelle on the show… I’m just saying 😉