How Do I Look? South Africa on E! Entertainment Television

Hosts of How Do I Look? SA – Kat Sinivasan and Roxy Burger

I’ve always loved a good make-over show, so I was delighted to hear that E! Entertainment’s local version of “How Do I Look?” will be starting this week on DSTV channel 124.

I attended the launch event last week at the Diamond Walk in Sandton City. The trend these days, it seems, it so have launches along side expensive boutiques in the walkway of malls, with the chairs and screens erected, plus a lounge vibe created with luxurious couches and bubbly.

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So Cosmo on E! Entertainment

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So Cosmo Season 1 (Left to right) James, Steven, Leah, Joanna, Tiffany, Diandra, Evan, Adam (Photo by: Ben Watts/E! Entertainment)

I bought my very first copy of Cosmopolitan (South Africa) magazine in 1990. In fact, I still have the copy somewhere, and I’ve been a dedicated “Fun, Fearless Female” ever since.

So I was “over the moon” when I found out that the new reality show, “So Cosmo” will be on E! Entertainment very soon. The 20 minute preview special is currently on the DSTV loop, having started on 1 March.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah starts 29 Sept. 2015

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Trevor Noah is the talk of the town, internationally and locally, and Mzansi is ever so proud of of our “Man in NYC” – a local who is really making it as big as Charlize Theron. Well done to this Son of Africa! Trevor Noah is the best South African comedian, in my opinion, as this view was solidified when I saw him at his recent SA performance at Montecasino. He was on point, topical and so sleek.

The show broadcasts in the USA on 28 September (as can be seen in the below teaser for the show) but it launches in South Africa on Tuesday, 29 September at 9pm on Comedy Central, DSTV channel 122. I have already put a note in my iPhone to PVR the entire season, so looking forward to it.

Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite.

 

E! to profile African celebrities in E! News Special

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When E! Entertainment Television first launched a few years ago on DSTV, I was over the moon with excitement! Being an avid pop culture curator, this is my go to channel for all things celebrity, so when E! announced that they will be launching their first ever locally produced series, called E! News Special, this was music to my ears!

The 12-part original series will profile some of Africa’s most inspiring and influential pop culture personalities including singers, actors, models, socialites and sport stars. The series will premiere on E! (DStv Channel 124) in South Africa on Thursday, 10th September at 8 pm.

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Holiday fun with Ben 10 and Mister Maker at DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza

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The June/July school holidays are here and if you are looking for something fun to do with your kids, then check out the DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza. This brings your children’s favourite television characters to life at Vodacom World in Midrand from 28 June to 6 July 2014.

Young children and tweens will be treated to regular 30-minute live shows featuring Mister Maker and Ben 10, from their favourite DStv kids’ shows.

Ben 10, the popular character from Ben 10 Omniverse on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301), will be appearing in the multimedia stage show Top Secret Plumbers’ Academy from 28 June to 1 July.

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Something to Khoo about

I discovered the lovely Rachel Khoo on BBC Lifestyle about a year ago. I watched her show called “The Little Paris Kitchen” and the one currently on air in South Africa, “Rachel Khoo Kitchen Notebook: London.” The concept of the former show is cooking classic, yet easy, French recipes no matter what the size of your kitchen, and true to its namesake, Rachel’s kitchen was minute, but what delightful looking dishes were created in that little mini oven and two plate stove!

In the current series, Rachel is back in her hometown of London, and takes us to her favourite places in and around the British capital, in between cooking up a delicious storm in her tiny flat.

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Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner

I finally went to see the Dirty Dancing stage play the other night at the Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg. Many of the good seats were sold out for a while so sitting 6 rows from the stage was a real coup and a perfect location.

I first saw the original movie back in 1987 when I was in Standard 6 (Grade 8) at the Cine 400 bioscope (as we used to call the cinema) in Rylands, Cape Town, and it was recently on the DSTV movie loop, which refreshed my memories once again.

Watching it on stage was totally magnificent! The singing, dancing and costumes were superb, but the American accent of Johnny Castle, played by Gareth Bailey, swayed like the stunning 60’s dresses worn by the female cast. Kudos to the lead actress, Bryony Whitfield. It felt like she was channeling Jennifer Grey in her performance as Frances “Baby” Houseman.

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