Zim’s Tendai Karonga Makes Top 12 Of TLC’s Next Presenter Search
The search for TLC’s Next Great Presenter is well underway. After a rigorous selection process, Discovery Networks decided to extend its Top 10 semi-finalists to a Top 12, based on the high quality of entries received. And now, the first semi-finalists have been revealed on TLC Entertainment (DStv channel 172).
Making it into the Top 12 so far are Kenya’s Felix, Adenike from Nigeria, Tendai Karonga from Zimbabwe, Bahumi and Lisa both from South Africa. More semi-finalists are being revealed daily on the channel, so make sure you stay tuned to TLC Entertainment every evening from 18:00 CAT.
Lee Hobbs, VP of Channels for Discovery Networks:
We are extremely impressed with the quality of entries received for our Next Great Presenter Campaign. We had a difficult time nominating and narrowing down the Top 10 as TLC fans are just so talented and passionate about the channel! So we decided to extend the semi-finalist list to a Top 12 and offer two extra lucky fans the opportunity to make it through to the next stage of the competition. These semi-finalists are all confident, engaging and enthusiastic and a perfect fit for TLC in terms of their passion, attitude and vibrancy.
After all the Top 12 semi-finalists have been revealed, they will go through to the next phase of the competition; a three-day bootcamp where they will attend various mentorship sessions hosted by experts in the industry. The sessions will include: performance and presenting coaching, media training and wardrobe styling to help them prepare for the next round and avoid elimination.
In the end, it will be up to the viewers to choose the winner from the three shortlisted finalists who make it through the boot camp stage. The winner will ultimately be crowned TLC’s Next Great Presenter and become the official host of TLC TOP 10 – a brand new series coming to TLC Entertainment in December.
The competition has had an incredibly overwhelming response, with amazing levels of engagement; including over 1 million page views on the website so far and 1500 auditions submitted from Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola, South Africa and Malawi.
“We would like to thank all our fans that entered the competition, together with our Top 12, they are a true testament to the phenomenal talent that the African continent has to offer,” concludes Hobbs.
To find out more on the Top 12, keep watching TLC Entertainment and visit the TLC Next Great Presenter website. You can also join in the conversation on Facebook at “TLC South Africa” and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TLC_Africa.