M-Net to screen Oscar Pistorius: The Interview next week

M-Net and SuperSport have secured the rights to screen the much talked-about ITV documentary Oscar Pistorius: The Interview, featuring the former Paralympic athlete’s first television interview since the tragic events of Valentine’s Day in 2013.  M-Net viewers will be able to watch the interview as part of a Carte Blanche special minutes after its world-premiere on the UK television network on Friday, 24 June.

The Carte Blanche special, which will include an in-depth panel discussion, will start at 22:55 on Friday, 24 June on both M-Net and its sister channel M-Net City (channel 115), which is also on DStv Compact. Soon thereafter (exact details to be confirmed) the documentary as well as the Carte Blanche special will become available on all the DStv Catch Up platforms, while SuperSport will broadcast further screenings for those who didn’t stay up late for the express delivery to M-Net on Friday night.

“We will have the Oscar Pistorius interview on our screens literally as the end credits are rolling on ITV,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “The content of the documentary will undoubtedly make headline news across the globe and our viewers will be able to see it in full and in high quality on the M-Net Channels first. In addition to that the Carte Blanche team, who has been following the trial intensively from the start, will add to the conversation with their valuable insights and comments with the Carte Blanche special.”

In Oscar Pretorius: The Interview, Peabody award-winning investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas meets up with the Blade Runner at his uncle Arnold Pistorius’ home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, where he has been under house arrest, awaiting sentencing after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s original verdict of culpable homicide to murder.  Viewers will hear Oscar’s account of what happened on the night he shot and killed his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He also shares details about their relationship and his previous use of firearms. Furthermore, Mark Williams-Thomas probes into key details of the prosecution case which resulted in the conviction.

Prior to next week Friday’s Oscar Pistorius: The Interview. A Carte Blanche SpecialM-Net’s acclaimed actuality programme will look into Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing in the show on Sunday, 19 June at 19:00.  Carte Blanche’s John Webb, who has been reporting from court throughout the trial, will analyse the past week’s second round of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

#IdolsSA – Meet this year’s Top 16

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It’s the worst show of every season of Idols because it’s so drawn out, but the drama brings the viewers and the ratings. So it must be done. If you don’t have the patience to sit around and wait to see who of the 29 make the Top 16, let me make it a little easier for you. Here are the season 11 #IdolsSA contestants:

  • Amanda Antony (22) for whom Idols SA has been a true rollercoaster ride. In 2013 she famously made it to Sun City when Unathi gave her a Golden Ticket in PE after Algoa FM had spotted her great singing talent, but then she bombed out during Hell Week. She has recently completed her Music Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
  • Spunky Bridgitt Leahy (18) who blew the judges away with her original song at the Durban auditions. She hails from Creighton in the Southern Drakensberg and currently lives with her mom in Pietermaritzburg, where she is being home-schooled.
  •  Dineo Moseki (21) who lives in Vryburg with her sisters and nieces and nephews, where she works as a full-time professional singer. The pint-sized Dineo has been singing for all of her life, in school choirs and church choirs, and turned professional in 2012.
  • Elwira Standili (22) from Worcester gave up her Management Assistance studies once she won that coveted Golden Ticket at the Idols SA auditions in Cape Town this February.
  • 24-year-old Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit who studied Geoinformatics at the University of Stellenbosch before getting into the Idols SA Season 11 Top 16.
  • Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape is 16, the youngest singer in the competition. Up until now he was a learner at Muir College in Uitenhage.
  • Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Langa in the Cape gave up his studies in medical bioscience at the University of the Western Cape to pursue his musical dreams full-time, for the sake of his two-year-old daughter.
  • Mmatema Moreni (23) from Limpopo qualified as a professional linguist who speaks four languages. Before she entered Idols she also worked as a part-time marketing assistant and worked for her church on the side.
  •  20-year-old Business Management student Nadia Herbst from Paarl has already won the title of Miss Teen Cape Town and Miss Teen Western Cape, and now she has a third title in her sights: South Africa’s new Idol!
  • 17-year-old Nina Terblanche hails from Nelspruit, where she is a Grade 10 scholar who has Music as a school subject, and she also sings in the school choir and competes in Eisteddfods.
  • Jozi native Phila Madlingozi’s name may sound familiar, because  at age 25 he has starred in drama series like “Intersexions” and “Mutual Friends”, and has posted many of his own music videos on YouTube.
  •  21-year-old Rhema Varrie was encouraged to go into music by his father, a Pastor, who spotted his potential at an early age. Rhema is currently a financial advisor who supports his extended family.
  • Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Somerset West was studying software development at the University of Stellenbosch when he got his Golden Ticket at the Cape Town auditions in February.
  • Shenay O’Brien(25) is making history as the competition’s first drag queen in the voting rounds. Prior to Idols, Shenay shared a home in Roodepoort with her creator, former Tshwane University of Technology drama student and performer Thiart Li.
  •  Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban has been making his living as a singer since 2012. He studied classical singing in school and since matriculating he’s been focusing on gospel and jazz in his hometown of Inanda, near Durban, where he lives with his mother and siblings.
  • Thami Shobede (27) hails from Mthubathuba but is currently based in Johannesburg, where he worked for Transnet before making it into the Top 16 of Idols SA 11. He also plays the bagpipes – a skill he learned while being in the Defence Force.

Catch Idols every Sunday on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00.

M-Net brings The Voice to South Africa


How porking bizarre… My colleagues and I were talking about this yesterday. So here it is: M-Net is bringing The Voice to SA in 2016 The show made its debut in 2010 in the Netherlands, when creator John de Mol, the brains behind other shows like Big Brother and Fear Factor decided to do something different and fresh.

If you’ve watched M-Net, you’ll know how hugely successful the US version has been. I suppose when you have the likes of Adam Levine, Blake Sheldon, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and other judges on board, you’re bound to have a winning formula. I also think a host like Carson Daly was a good choice… Yo M-Net, holler at your boy 😉 The names of the coaches will be announced later this year, but it doesn’t hurt for us to speculate now… So go! Who do you think will be good? I’m thinking Loyiso Bala, Lira, Tamara Dey, J’Something, Kurt Darren, Kabelo Mabalane, Danny K, Euphonik, Dineo Moeketsi would be some good names to consider.

Continue reading “M-Net brings The Voice to South Africa”

KFM’s Ryan O’Connor to host Power Couple SA


M-Net’s new reality show, Power Couple is already in production. The contestants have been selected and from what I’ve heard they’re already in their mansion in Cape Town. The new show is going to be a breath of fresh air when it comes to reality TV and someone who is going to help bring the show to life is KFM radio personality, Ryan O’Connor. The news was made official earlier today – and it was done in a very nontraditional fashion when it comes to casting.

94.7’s Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson was asked to play the role of someone from M-Net, who Ryan was seemingly waiting to hear from about the gig. For nine minutes or so Whackhead puts different challenges and scenarios to Ryan, who takes it in his stride…. Until it comes to a bullfrog. Wondering what I’m on about? Have a listen here. 

Shortly after Whackhead made it known that this was all a big prank, M-Net CEO for South Africa, Yolisa Phahle then stepped in to make it official. “You got the gig. We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome you to the M-Net family. We wanted a new face for this big new show and we know that some of the best television presenters come from radio.”

Congrats to Ryan. He is no stranger to our TV screens, but I’m happy that someone different was selected this time. I look forward to seeing more when Power Couple kicks off in August. For more on the show go to www.mnet.tv/powercouplesa

Sidebar, it reminded me of a prank I pulled with Whackhead a few years back. Have a look:




Want to meet the Foo Fighters?


John Legend and Thirty Seconds To Mars have come and gone… While they love their fans here, they just don’t do press conferences, one on one interviews or meet and greets sadly. If you’re as bummed as I was, then here’s something to bring a smile to your face. You could meet the Foo Fighters at an exclusive Meet & Greet when they head out to SA in a few weeks. Here are the details:

Big Concerts announced today that one lucky fan could win a meet and greet with Foo Fighters when they come to South Africa on their first ever tour.


Winning is easy!

1) Video yourself rocking out to Monkey Wrench

2) Upload it to YouTube

3) Post it to the Big Concerts Facebook or Twitter page with #FooFanVideo

You could win some awesome prizes.

Check our video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O4xR3Ku11I&list=UUUQUjnS27fmdjpnF3kXi6vg

If you haven’t got your concert tickets yet go to www.bigconcerts.com to book before it is too late. 10th December at Cape Town Stadium and 13th December at FNB Stadium. Presented by 5FM and M-Net.

Terms and Conditions Apply:

Competition entries close on Sunday 30th November at 9pm.

Winners will be announced on Friday 5th December

Prize 1: Foo Fighters meet and greet at the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 1 copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for one winner only.

Prize 2: 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, a copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for 10 winners only.

Winners will be chosen internally

All prizes are non refundable

All entrants give permission for their video to be used on a final fan video edit with all the entries.

By accepting to enter the #FooFanVideo competition you are accepting all terms outlined here.

For a full list of the terms and conditions go to www.bigconcerts.com

#BBAfrica will return on October 5

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Last week producers of Big Brother Africa were unfortunately forced to push back the launch of the new season, following a fire on the premises where Africa’s most watched house was set to be staged. But because this is the biggest show on television and the demand for a new season is so high, the teams have been frantically working around the clock to find a new venue to stage the reality show. The good news that is all sorted out and the show is set to kick off on the 5th of October at 19:00. Check out the full statement below:
M-Net and Endemol SA are delighted to confirm that a new Big Brother house has been found in Johannesburg, South Africa following the devastating fire that demolished the original house on 2 September. The search was concluded after exploring all possible options both locally and internationally, for a suitable venue to produce the 9th season of Africa’s biggest reality show.
M-Net and Endemol SA are pleased to announce that Big Brother Hotshots will officially launch on Sunday 5 October 2014 at 19:00 CAT. As they countdown to the launch, fans across the continent can look forward to some pleasant surprises in true Biggie fashion.
The producers wish to thank fans far and wide for all the patience and continuous support over the past few days.
For more information, follow the action in the lead-up to the Premiere on social media by following @BigBroAfrica, liking facebook.com/BigBrotherAfrica or go to the official website at www.bigbrotherafrica.com


Meet the MasterChef SA Top 12

rsrc.phpWelcome to reality TV season in South Africa. Idols kicked off recently, Big Brother Africa and X Factor SA kick off next weekend and we’re well into season three of MasterChef SA. Last night the bootcamp ended in happy and sad tears for the finalists. Some of them were booted out of the competition, but twelve lucky contestants made it through to the MasterChef SA kitchen, where they will battle it out to become SA’s newest cooking sensation. Did you miss the show? If so, here are the twelve contestants you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of in the next couple of months:

The MasterChef South Africa season 3 Top 12 are:


Siphokazi (39), a domestic worker from Cape Town

Philippa (48), a life skills lecturer from Johannesburg

Phila (33), a Johannesburg IT specialist

Events company owner Claire (27) from Cape Town

Ian (49) a Cape Town advertising consultant

Ndumiso (28), a mobile bar owner from Durban

Abigail (38), the dental technologist from Cape Town

Penny (31), a teacher from Durban

Francois (22), a musician from Cape Town

Roxi (26), the train driver assistant from Durban

Mel, the 25-year-old lodge manager from Vaalwater

And Refilwe (36), a service consultant from Carltonville

Episode three of the hit show looks like it’s going to be a goodie, as the hopefuls fight to win a trip to Dublin. Not kak! Watch the show every Thursday at 19:30 on M-Net.

Coming up in the penultimate episode of #SurvivorSA

It’s the tense penultimate episode of M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Champions this Sunday. The final four castaways on the island in the South China Sea have survived twenty-five days of little food, tough living conditions, emotional ups-and-downs, curveballs and fair-weather companions – all in the quest to become the Ultimate Survivor and the winner of a whopping R1 Million. But now their fate hinges on one very particular hurdle: the next Immunity Challenge.

As proven by the previous Tribal Council, the battle lines are clearly drawn between Sivu and Buhle on the one side and Graham and David on the other – and the outcome of the challenge should indicate which of the two pairs will be facing the jury at the show’s final, final Tribal Council on 18 May. Unless, of course, there’s another surprise awaiting viewers…

The all-important Immunity Challenge has been carefully designed to be the ultimate endurance test. Whose stamina, strength and mind power will clinch the precious Immunity Necklace?

While the jury will decide who the winner of this season will be, the voting public has until Wednesday 14 May at midnight to vote for their favourite captain. The Captains are competing for a R500 000 cash prize. By voting, viewers stand to win R10 000 each week, courtesy of WeChat, and a grand prize of a family holiday in Zanzibar, valued at R90 000, courtesy of Lasher Tools, African Encounters and Axis Marketing.

There are three ways to vote:
o  SMS ‘Mark’ or ‘Corne’ to 37177 with your mobile phone at a cost of R1.50 per SMS. T&C Apply.

o  Vote on WeChat. Add the ‘SurvivorSA’ WeChat ID and press the ‘vote’ button. Voting on WeChat is free. T&C Apply.

o  Vote via web & mobile at www.mnet.co.za/survivorsa. Voting online is free. T&C Apply.

Survivor South Africa: Champions is broadcast on M-Net on Sundays at 17:30, with a repeat on M-Net Series Zone on Saturdays at 13:00. Visit www.mnet.co.za/survivorsa for exclusive content and follow the conversation on social media www.facebook.com/survivorsa or @Survivor_SA.

Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions

The game is heating up and the backstabbing is becoming intense. I’ve enjoyed watching this season of Survivor South Africa. While players like Marian and Shane PISS me off to no end, they’re doing exactly what they have to to win that million Rand prize. David is just annoying and most of the others are okay. I really enjoy Zavian and Graham, but in the last couple of episodes, I feel like Graham is getting too caught up in Shane’s game and that might cost him big time. Let’s see what happens I guess. So what’s happening at 17:30 tonight? Check this little teaser out below: Continue reading “Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions”

#IdolsSA, MasterChef SA return

M-Net continues to bring you more reality TV in 2014. The channel announced yesterday that it will once again be bringing viewers new seasons of the hit shows, Idols and MasterChef. Do you think you have what it takes to be a singing sensation or the food world’s biggest legend just waiting to be discovered? Well then, best you take note of the following audition dates:

·         Saturday, 15 February in Durban at Suncoast Casino, or
·         Saturday, 22 February in Cape Town at Southern Sun The Cullinan, or
·         Saturday, 1 March in Johannesburg at The Pivot Conference Centre (at Southern Sun Montecasino).

Click on the link for details on how to prepare for your audition www.mnet.co.za/masterchefsa and search for the MasterChef SA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). Note you must be over 18 and someone who has not cooked professionally.

·         Saturday, 15 February – Johannesburg – Carnival City
·         Saturday, 22 February – Durban – Playhouse Theatre
·         Sunday, 9 March – Cape Town – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
·         Saturday, 22 March – Pretoria – State Theatre

For more info on #IdolSA go to www.mnet.co.za/idolssa.