After weeks and weeks of working extremely hard to win the title, Cape Tonian, Carissa Cupido is the official winner of TLC's Next Great presenter search.
After going up against Zimbabwe’s Karen Paida Mukwedeya and Kenya's Charlie Karumi, , the radio personality clinched the title by securing the majority of support from more than 200,000 combined votes received for the Top 3 finalists.
The finale which was held on Tuesday, 15 November at Blue Studios in Fourways saw Carissa's close family and friends come offer their support to the winner.
“I feel so thrilled and honored, it’s all so surreal - God’s timing is perfect. I just had to keep reminding myself to stay present and appreciate every moment. Thank you Africa – I could have never done it without the TLC fans,” said Carissa.
“The next thing is to pack my bags and go to London. To go somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and to be there doing what I’ve always wanted to do is a dream come true. For me, TLC’s Next Great Presenter represents the peak of my career and the start of a new era in my life. You can look forward to watching me having fun while bringing the best of TLC into your homes. I’m ready to start this incredible journey – look out Africa!” she continued.
According to TLC Africa, Carissa will be jetting off to present TLC’s MOST EXTREME, a new four-part series coming to TLC Entertainment (DStv 135) in early 2017.
This new show will showcase some of the channel’s most gripping, exciting and thrilling clips from the TLC archive.
Congratulations to Carissa we hope to see more of her on our TV screens in the near future.
Check Carissa's video below before she won the competition as she speaks about the boot camp and her admiration for actress and TLC judge, Thando Thabethe.
Don’t miss NEXT GREAT PRESENTER: THE WINNERS STORY premiering on Thursday, 22 December at 20:55, only on TLC Entertainment(DStv 135).