So that’s it! After a gruelling audition process, intense workshop rounds and some tough and emotional eliminations, SABC 3 has welcomed 5 sparkling new faces and their talents to the channel as Season 4 of Presenter Search On 3 wrapped up tonight (August 2). While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 brand, eagle-eyed judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were so impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent on offer this year, and so decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize, Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela the channel!
As we know, Harmony, Ryle and Fezile struck up quite the bromance during their time on the show, going so far as to lable themselves the league of extraordinary gentlemen during the Masterclass rounds. The three will continue their adventure by giving Top Billing viewers the best of the good life as they join one of the country’s most glamorous lifestyle magazine shows.
“Speaking French will allow me to add to an international flare to Top Billing. My diverse background, upbringing and curious nature will also bring an interesting perspective to the segments,” Harmony said after nabbing his spot on the show.
Ryle added, “I’m going to bring a fresh new energy to this show. I hope to share as much love as possible and take my viewer on awesome journeys with me as we discover and showcase moments, events and areas in a unique, raw and genuinely real way.”
Finally, Fezile said that he plans to ‘maintain the high standard it’s always been known for with a huge dose of whimsy, energy and most importantly heart!’.
The beautiful, bubbly Palesa Tembe joins Afternoon Express where she will rub shoulders with fellow judge Jeannie D and Bonnie Mbuli. “I’m going to bring some spunk to afternoon TV,” Palesa said. “I’m excited to bring a younger energy to the show and add to the already positive atmosphere the show delivers on a daily basis.”
Finally, brand analyst Thabiso Makhubela is set to join Mzanzi’s feel-good breakfast show, Expresso, and promises to pack a punch with passion for making people’s morning. “I love Expresso and I can’t wait to bring my refreshing, upbeat energy to the show. The show is extremely important because people are waking up and the tone on the show sets the audience’s mood for the entire day. I am like the power bank for the people and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.”
Although Mosa Kaiser, a fellow Top 6 contestant, didn’t get a permanent slot on SABC 3’s flagship shows, the judges felt that her talent shouldn’t go to waste. So, Mosa will be joining the Expresso morning show as a field reporter. She will be shooting various inserts which will be flighted during the live show. Naturally, Mosa is excited to join the Expresso family. “I am really happy about my new gig with Expresso. It promises to be a lot of fun and I am excited to bring my unique style and spunk to these inserts. I am so proud of myself and I am excited for the journey that lies ahead.”
Harmony, Ryle and Fezile can be seen on Top Billing as early as this Saturday while Palesa and Thabiso will be making their debut on their respective shows from Monday 6 August. As the judges have stressed the entire season, the hard work starts now.
Congrats to all the winners! We can’t wait to be covering your up-and-coming careers in the years to come!
P.S. We also can’t wait for the next series of Presenter Search On 3. How much talent is in this country, right? Truth be told, SA audiences are the real winners after a show like this!