Thu 15 Sep 2016, 12:00
TLC in association with Colgate Optic White has announced Karen Mukwedeya as the eighth semi-finalist making it through to the next stage of the TLC Next Great Presenter search. This young producer from Harare, Zimbabwe secured her spot in the “Lucky 13” from more than 1 500 auditions received from across the continent.
“It feels amazing to be one of the “Lucky 13”! I really didn’t expect the news,” says Karen. “I started working at a local production company where I fell in love with presenting. Since then, I have continued to try to improve myself,” she continued.
Karen describes herself as determined, passionate and hardworking. While she never managed to complete her journalism degree, Karen has never let anything stop her from making sure she achieves her goals.
“I believe I have what it takes to be TLC’s Next Great Presenter because I am passionate about presenting. While I started behind the camera, I ended up in front of the camera where I developed a love and appreciation for presenting. In addition to my presenting skills, I also have a strong understanding of producing, script writing and editing,” explains Karen.
Now, all roads lead to Cape Town for Boot Camp where Karen along with 12 other 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.
While all chosen constants believe they have what it takes to be TLC’s Next Great Presenter, it will be down to the star-studded line-up of expert judges 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 to choose the Top 3 finalists.
Then, it will be up to the TLC audience to decide who should be crowned the winner and travel to London to film a brand new series, TLC’s Most Extreme coming to TLC Entertainment (DStv 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 (DStv 135) and the TLC Next Great Presenter website continuing until Monday 19 September.