E! Entertainment Television (DStv channel 124), NBCUniversal International Network’s pop culture channel, announced Katleho Sinivasan as the winner of the reality competition series The Search: E! Host South Africa and the new E! South Africa host. The winner was revealed in the last episode of the six-part series and live at an exclusive event in Johannesburg on March 8, whose attendees included South Africa’s biggest names in the entertainment industry.
After six gruelling weeks and a further six eliminations, two contestants – Abigail Visagie and Katleho Sinivasan – made it to the final. Only one could take the highly-coveted title and Katleho proved to the judges throughout the series that he had what it takes to become an E! red carpet host. The winner announcement was celebrated during an event at Taboo Night Club which saw seasoned presenter and host of The Search: E! Host South Africa Andile Ncube and pop culture icon Bonang Matheba as the evening’s emcees.
“Katleho was a strong and memorable contender from the moment The Search: E! Host South Africa commenced and we feel his win is greatly deserved,” says Chrystele Fremaux, VP Programming, UK & Emerging Markets, NBCUniversal International Networks. “We are excited to welcome Katleho to the E! family and look forward to working with him on our upcoming original productions as we continue to bring South African viewers more local content on E!.”
“Being part of The Search: E! Host South Africa was an honour in itself, and to win the highly coveted title of the first-ever E! South Africa host exceeds any expectation I had going in,” says Katleho Sinivasan. “Representing E! on the red carpet is truly one of the greatest jobs in the entertainment industry and a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to start my journey with E!.”
Here’s my video of the crowning moment when Katleho was announced as the winner by MC Bonang Matheba.
At the press conference after the announcement, I managed to ask Katleho one question:
“What are you looking forward to most, be part of the E! family?”
“Meeting Jason Kennedy and Ryan Seacrest! But more importantly it’s actually getting this one opportunity, because I’ve been presenting for such a long time, I’ve always felt like I was never the perfect fit for what I was doing, and this time around, I feel like I am the perfect fit. So, I guess my job is to prove to you guys that I am the perfect fit.”
As the new E! South Africa host, Katleho will put his red carpet presenting skills to the test for the first time when he co-hosts E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAFTAs alongside Bonang Matheba. E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAFTAs will premiere on 21 March at 8pm CAT.
And that’s not all that E! has in store for Katleho. In May, his exciting journey continues as he takes on Hollywood in a one-off special E! Host SA: Hollywood Special. He will learn a few tricks of the trade from the E! presenters based in Los Angeles, including E! News correspondent Zuri Hall, during his once-in-a-lifetime trip. E! Host SA: Hollywood Special will premiere on 17 May at 8pm CAT.