The first episode of BET’s brand new reality format Top Actor SA ended with a shock surprise last night (9 April) as not one but two actors were eliminated.
Top Actor airs weekly on BET (DStv Premium, channel 129), every Thursday at 19:55 CAT.
The show, hosted by South African film and television star Zikhona Sodlaka (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Generations) is putting a dramatic new spin on the reality genre as it aims to find the hottest new actor in SA.
Joe Kazadi (24) and Ayanda Sibisi (28) were the first contestants to leave Top Actor SA in its first ever eviction. The double elimination saw the duo being sent home after a gruelling three-hour rehearsal and performance of a scene from a play by Antandwa Kani, a.k.a. “The Prince of Theatre”, in front of judges and audience.
BET handpicked twelve of the best up and coming actors in the country to battle it out on camera in front of big industry names from Hollywood and South Africa. At stake? The chance to win the title “Top Actor SA”, and a career-launching prize package that includes R100,000, international management representation and a professional role in an upcoming South Africa television/movie production.
The 10 hopeful young thespians still battling it out for the Top Actor SA title are:
|“Perci” Moeketsi||26||Brits, North West Province||Aspiring actor/student. Currently studying Musical Theatre at Tshwane University of Technology.|
|“Altovise” Lawrence||23||Boksburg, Johannesburg||Aspiring actor. Just graduated with honours from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts.|
|“Lauren” Jenae Vankeirsbilck||23||Johannesburg, Gauteng||Aspiring actor. Studied at Rhodes University, majoring in TV Journalism, Media Studies and Dramatic Arts. Studied honours in Screen Acting at the Motion Picture and Film school (AFDA).|
|“Oros” Mampofu||24||Johannesburg, Gauteng||Aspiring actor. Graduated from ADFA in 2014 with a degree in acting.|
|“Busi” Thawla||27||Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal||Musician/songwriter and aspiring actor. Studied at the University of WITS for her BADA degree.|
|“Paris” Kalamula||24||Cosmo City, Johannesburg||Aspiring actor. IMM Graduate School of Marketing – (former Big Brother Africa 2014 cast member).|
|“Lesego” Pooe||24||Caltonville, Gauteng||Aspiring actor. No formal training.|
|“Mbali” Nkosi||26||Soweto, Gauteng||Aspiring actor. No formal training.|
|“Francois” Jacobs||25||Nelspruit, Mpumalanga||Full time actor. Completed his BA in (Drama) with a degree from the University of Stellenbosch.|
|“Nicholas” Nkuna (Age 26)||26||Nelspruit, Mpumalanga||Actor/singer/thespian. Studied Musical Theatre at TUT Pretoria, then specially selected to continue honing his craft at the USA’s prestigious Ballstate University, Indiana.|
Each week, there will be drama in the house and on the screen as the contestants compete against each other in grueling acting challenges, while living with the constant threat of elimination. Along the way they will be helped and ultimately judged by some big industry names hailing from South Africa and Hollywood.
Tune in to episode 3 on Thursday 16 April at 19:55 CAT to see the remaining contestants shooting a commercial for one of Sun International’s flagship properties, The Sun City Resort.
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