Come Dine With Me: SA
On Monday nights, the Twitter hashtag #ComeDineSA# dominates timelines across South Africa, a testament to the viewing public’s obsession with this dining reality show.
This local version of the UK show is in its second season, and judging by the tweets and Facebook posts on Mondays, we can’t get enough of the weird and wonderful characters who give us a peek into their kitchens and dining rooms.
Think of the woman who believes in fairies, the hoarder, the cougar, the opera inclined, the pregnant narcissist, the gym bunny. They just keep coming.
We want more helpings of them!
Season 8 ended less than a month ago with the crowning of Khaya Mthethwa, who holds the title of being the first black African winner.
It’s hard not to believe
M-Net when they claim this has been the most watched season yet, as the viewer involvement was more visible this time with the active campaigning for Mthethwa.
While conspiracies abound regarding race and wins, there’s no denying that Sundays have not been the same since the confetti was showered on Mthethwa, who received a staggering 80% of final votes from the more than 3 million voters.
Somehow I don’t see this as Idols SA’s swan song, as has been suggested.
Big Brother Africa
If reality show Big Brother was a person, he would have turned 13 this year. The first show was broadcast in 1999 in the Netherlands and since then has taken the world by storm.
It’s human nature to be fascinated by a group of strangers cooped up under one roof and cut off from the world. Sooner or later, things are bound to go crazy.
In South Africa, M-Net hit the jackpot when they started doing an Africa version, bringing together not only different personalities, but a hybrid of nationalities.
Recent winner Keagan Petersen is the first South African to win the African version of the game.
SA’s Got Talent
The first season saw South Africa amazed by deaf Durban dancer Darren Rajbal.
The winner of the second season was the amazing James Bhamjee, the street sweeper turned Pavarotti from Cape Town.
This year’s line-up, however, was underwhelming. While this was the third season, it was the first time it has been shown on e.tv.
There were contortionists, ventriloquists, not-so-amazing vocalists, and fast and almost incoherent rappers.
The winner was announced on Thursday and if, like me, you blink, you would have missed the entire season.
At least new judge Kabelo Mabalane made it worthwhile.
Reality food shows are one of my weaknesses.
There are just a few things better than multiple Sunday afternoon foodgasisms.
MasterChef SA was a revelation in terms of production and prizes.
The show surprised sceptics and proved to be as slick – if slightly less fast-paced – as its Australian cousin.
The first winner, Durban’s Deena Naidoo, now has the run of a Tsogo Sun hotel restaurant for two years among his many enviable prizes.
On Saturday, the first round of auditions for the second season will kick off in Joburg before moving to Durban and Cape Town.
So amateur foodies, sharpen your knives!