Following last week's announcement that Pabi Moloi will serve as the official host for the new season of Presenter Search on 3 comes the news that Jeannie D, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo, and Patience Stevens will serve as the official judges for the show’s highly-anticipated new season.
With a career that kicked off as a radio presenter on Good Hope FM, Jeannie D has since become one of the most prestigious presenters in the country.
She is a familiar face on SABC 3 shows such as Top Billing, Top Travel, Afternoon Express and Presenter Search on 3. As a judge, Jeannie will bring her bubbly personality and professionalism to the table as she scours the country for the perfect batch of presenters to join the trendsetting channel.
“I’ve been privileged to be part of the presenter search phenomenon from the beginning and it’s such a joy for me to help undiscovered talent fulfil their dreams,” said Jeannie in a statement, adding “after all, it is the best job in the world!”
Described as one of the most formidable radio presenters of our time, Metro FM's DJ Fresh has mastered the art of creating interesting, informative and entertaining conversations.
"From his early days on YFM and Studio Mix on SABC 1, to his prime-time slots on 5FM and Metro FM, this breakfast show host has set the bar high and remains a source of inspiration to presenters around the country," expressed SABC 3 in a statement.
Although he's a force in radio, Fresh has presented shows such as Club Culture, Tropika Island Of Treasure and served as a judge on South Africa’s Got Talent. His experience behind the mic and in front of the camera helps him understand what makes a great presenter and is excited to help discover new presenters with a passion and a dream for making a difference.
“It’s such an honour and privilege to be a part of this great movement. It’s not every day you see a brand live up to their promise; the stage is indeed yours, and if you can successfully master that then the world can be yours too,” said DJ Fresh,
Sbusiso Kumalo is the Head of Marketing at Capitec, one of the headline sponsors of Presenter Search on 3. He is a charismatic and business savvy marketing and brand expert who has over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, specializing in the black middle-class South African market.
As a first-time Presenter Search on 3 judge, Sbusiso is excited to unearth new talent – something he says he has always been passionate about.
With regards to his gig as a first time judge, Kumalo said “in life everyone has two birthdays, the first one is the day you were born and the second one is the day you discover why you were born. I’m excited to be part of the team that will help someone out there experience their second birthday. Your only limit is your imagination. If all you do is hope for it - your dreams will always be on a waiting list.”
If there's anyone hopefuls should know, it's Patience Stevens. She is one of the most respected television producers in the country and has worked on Top Billing since its inception 25-years-ago. Along with Tswelopele Productions Chairperson, Basetsana Kumalo, Stevens serves as co-producer of the Top Billing and Pasella lifestyle magazine shows.
She is also co-executive producer of Expresso Morning Show and Afternoon Express. Top Billing, Pasella and Expresso are all SAFTA award-winning shows, tribute to the production expertise of both Tswelopele and Cardova Productions. Identifying and growing new talent is Patience’s passion, and her experience in lifestyle television makes her a valuable player when it comes to the Presenter Search on 3 judging processes.
“I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to discover and nurture fresh new talent. As SABC 3 says – ‘the stage is yours’ – and this is our chance to point the spotlight onto new faces, and to give them a chance to excel," said Stevens.
Think you have what it takes to be one of SABC 3’s new faces? Make sure you audition for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can change your life for good.
Presenter Search on 3 spring-boarded the careers of the previous winners Simba Mhere (Top Billing), Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing), Zoë Brown (Expresso), Danilo Acquisto (Afternoon Express and Win a Home) and Jade Hübner (Top Billing) all of whom became household names. Their journeys to stardom started in the queues of Presenter Search on 3 and this season could be the one to change your life.
To enter, simply arrive at the audition venues on the date of the audition and fill out an entry form, which you will get at the registration desk. Visit the Presenter Search website for more details and keep an eye on the official Presenter Search on 3 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for exciting new content and tips from previous winners.
The new season of Presenter Search on 3 premieres on Thursday 10 May at 19:30 on SABC3.
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