Tue 20 Sep 2016, 12:01
TLC in association with Colgate Optic White has announced Nosipho Mkhize as the final “Lucky 13” semi-finalist making it through to the next stage of the TLC Next Great Presenter search. This 26-year-old from Durban, South Africa secured her spot in the “Lucky 13” from more than 1 500 auditions received across the continent.
“It’s absolutely amazing to be one of the contestants, especially because I have always wanted to be a presenter. When I saw the opportunity to submit my clip to TLC, I knew that I had to do so,” says Nosipho.
This laid back, driven freelance marketer is full of energy and embodies confidence, which she has gained from her experience as a roadshow presenter – travelling to different schools and varsities to teach young ladies about self-love.
“My confidence in front of the camera came from being a fashion presenter for an online channel. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work on various projects, which has improved my public speaking and presenting skills,” says Nosipho.
Now, all roads lead to Cape Town for Boot Camp, as Nosipho 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, as well as brand and media training to see who really has what it takes to be a host on Africa’s #1 lifestyle and entertainment channel.
“I am so excited to go through to Boot Camp! My aim is to make the most of it and use it as a platform to nurture the untapped potential that I possess,” explains Nosipho.
While all chosen constants believe they have what it takes to be the TLC’s Next Great Presenter, 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 makes it through to the Top 3, don’t miss the reveal on the TLC Next Great Presenter website on Thursday 22 September.