Botswana's Tumisang Mokalake, finalist for TLC's Next Great Presenter

TLC, in association with Colgate Optic White have revealed the first of 13 TLC Next Great Presenter semi-finalists.

Hailing from Gabarone, Botswana, 21-year-old student Tumisang Mokalake bagged the first semi-finalist spot from more than 1 500 auditions received.

“It is absolutely unreal to think that so many people from all over Africa auditioned and I made it through to the “Lucky 13”. It’s always been a dream of mine to be on TV and when I found out that TLC was looking for a presenter, I decided to go for it!” says Tumisang.

Now, all roads lead to Cape Town for Boot Camp, as Tumisang along with 12 contestants from all over Africa aim to turn their 90-second video audition into their dream job. During the four-day Boot Camp, they will be put through their presenting paces by the judges and industry experts as they undertake screen tests, performance coaching, fashion styling, and brand and media training to see who really has what it takes to be a host on Africa’s #1 lifestyle and entertainment channel.

Tumisang says the three reasons that she should be TLC’s Next Great Presenter are: “One; I understand what TLC is all about, I get the humour, plus I’m a super fan. Two; I have a face for television and three; I have the talent to back it up.”

It will be down to the star-studded line-up of expert judges to choose the Top 3 finalists at Boot Camp, which includes; radio and TV personality, Thando Thabethe; Head of Content at MultiChoice, Aletta Alberts; editor of ZAlebs.com, Zee Dladla; celebrity publicist and communications strategist, Jarred Doyle and VP of Channels for Discovery Networks CEEMEA, Lee Hobbs.

Then, in the end it will be up to the TLC audience to decide who should be crowned the winner and travel to London to film the brand new series, TLC’s Most Extreme coming to TLC Entertainment (135) in 2017. The winner will also feature in a special once off documentary and win a luxury holiday for two courtesy of Sun International.

To find out who else made it through to the Top 13, look out for the daily semi-finalist reveal on TLC Entertainment (135) and the TLC Next Great Presenter website continuing until Sunday 18 September.

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