In last night’s exciting episode of SABC 3’s popular reality show Presenter Search on 3, the top 10 contestants who will be battling it out to become one of two brand-new presenters on the popular Expresso Morning Show were announced.
Judged by 5FM personalities Roger Goode and Thando Thabethe alongside Dr Musa Mthombeni, ten hopefuls were narrowed down after opening up the industry with a nationwide search for undiscovered presenters.
These are the ten hopefuls competing on Presenter Search on 3 this year:
Deen Woodman (29)
Deen grew up in Mitchells Plain and went to school in Athlone. He is the youngest of three children. Woodman started as a part-time tourism student, but later switched to sales and marketing. When asked why we wanted to audition for Presenter Search on 3: Expresso Edition, he answered ‘I watch the show. The presenters are fun, they always put on their best behaviour. They are good, fun people, why not be a part of that?’ Deep inside Woodman always wanted to be in the spotlight. When his friends dared him to audition, he was reminded of a path of his life that he had forgotten. The opportunity opened the opportunity for old dreams. He admits that it is still unreal to be part of the Top 10 people that are currently in the competition. ‘If I win this, a lot of people will know who you are, for the better and that will be great responsibility’ he said. Woodman believes that his age – being a bit older than the other contestants – gives him an advantage. ‘I know who I am and I’m true to myself. I have a calmness about me and life experience.
Jamie-Lee Domburg (26)
Jamie-Lee is the mother to an 8-months-old little boy, Luca. ‘He’s the light of my life’ she smiles. Domburg grew up as an only child in Steenberg, Cape Town. She loves to dance and smiles when she refers back to 2008 when she went to Germany for the Hip-Hop World Championship. After school, she studied Speech and Drama at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, where after she ventured into the world on cruise ships. She worked as Master of Ceremony on these cruise ships for more than 4 years, where she regularly had to speak in front of thousands of people. Domburg entered Presenter Search on 3 because she sees it as a great platform to do well. ‘I watched the 2015 Presenter Search and today everybody who was in the Top 10 back then, now have an established brand’ she said.
Jarrad Ricketts (32)
Jarrad is a dynamic creative artist and education activist. He is an award-winning singer and songwriter that uses his platform to educate children that a better future is possible, despite your circumstances. Ricketts was adopted as a baby. His mother had three daughters and dreamt about a little a boy. She saw an advertisement in a newspaper and went to see him and as the saying goes ‘the rest is history’. Ricketts was adopted into a musical family and he believes that he was born with a natural musical talent, but was given a family who could nurture his talent. In 2019 he received a SAMA nomination for Best Pop Album, on which he wrote all the songs himself – without any formal musical training.
Mncedisi Sindane (22)
Mncedisi grew up as the youngest of 3 children in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. He went to an Afrikaans school and fluent in English, Afrikaans, isiZulu/isiNdebele. He is currently a fulltime BCom – Management Accounting & Finance with Insurance and Risk Management and Marketing -student at Wits. In high school, he was part of the revue and a sêrrie group. His first ever master of ceremony’s job was when he was in Grade 11; he was the MC for the Matric Dance. Since then he has been on stages regularly and in 2018, he became the Face of B-Com at Wits with his great voice and vibrant personality. He was also a radio presenter on Voice of Wits for three years. When this young man is not behind the books or a microphone, he enjoys being a model and a consultant stylist. ‘I love to bring joy to people, and helping them look great in clothes does exactly that’ he said. Sindane saw Presenter Search on 3 in 2015, and he started practising in the mirror. He auditioned in 2018 in Johannesburg but didn’t go through to the phase. In 2019 he decided to try again and he was invited to the first round of auditions. He was one of the last people to audition in Johannesburg and got a call back call only a short while later. In his call back audition, he danced with judge Thando Thabethe, a moment he’ll never forget.
Nathaneal Davids (29)
Nathaneal is from Roodepoort in Gauteng. Until recently he worked as a content producer for a digital agency, but he resigned from the company to enter Presenter Search on 3: Expresso Edition. ‘I knew if I had a back-up plan, I would not give it my all’ he said. Davids was about 4-years-old when he saw Michael Jackson do the moonwalk on television and remembers it like this; ‘I liked the way he made me feel in that moment’. Many years later that moment led him to pursue opportunities in the entertainment industry. Growing up wasn’t easy, he had a difficult relationship with his father, especially when it came to his passion for entertainment and television. He struggled with mental health issues and had to deal with being a victim of bullying. His mother went way and beyond to encourage his dream of becoming an entertainer. ‘She is the reason that I’m where I am’ he said. He studied Communication at the University of Johannesburg, and it was in his student years that he tried his hand at radio presenting. Presenter Search on 3 judge Roger Goode was an idol to the young Davids and one of the reasons he got into radio in the first place. In 2012, Thando Thabethe – also a Presenter Search judge – left her presenting job at YFM and Davids took over from her.
Olwethu Nodada (34)
Olwethu is married to businessman and entrepreneur Litha Nodada and mother of two beautiful girls. They currently reside in Somerset West but are originally from Port Elizabeth. Nodada currently works as a Real Estate Associate. Nodada is currently a Top 25 finalist in the Mrs South Africa competition. She decided to enter that competition because she believes it would elevate the causes, she believes in. ‘As a mother and a wife, and being very involved in my community I felt like I was shrinking away, so I decided to enter Mrs SA so that I could step into my own light again’ she said. She has always been a good communicator; in school was on the debate team and public speaker, as well in the drama class. She always knew there was something inside of her that needed a platform to come out. When the Presenter Search on 3 started, many of her friends and acquaintances called her, so she decided to enter for this as well. She loves to look pretty and dress up, and she’d love to use this platform for that. Also, in the back of her mind, she entered because she wants her girls to grow up knowing that there are no limits to what you can do.
Pretty and Precious Zondo (27)
Pretty and Precious are currently living in Durban. Pretty is a qualified chef and Precious works as an accounting clerk. The Twins were born in Sabie and has one older brother. They went to school in Nelspruit and moved to Durban to go to university. Both their parents are teachers and all their life there was a huge emphasis on education and how important it is. Even though they would like to be presenters they have decided to further their education by studying teaching, to honour their father. They were dancing and doing drama at a very young age. They wanted to go to Johannesburg after school that they could pursue a career in drama, but their father insisted that they study closer to where the family was. In 2018 they auditioned for Presenter Search on 3 but didn’t make it through to the next round. Their mother wasn’t too happy when they auditioned again, because she didn’t want them to be disappointed again. ‘Last year, we weren’t ready, in terms of confidence’ says Pretty. ‘Also, it was a last-minute thing last year. This year we were more prepared’ added Precious. This was their twentieth audition. Last year already, Thabiso Makhubela joked with them, calling them professional auditioners.
Simphiwe Harrison Mkhize (24)
Simphiwe grew up in Kwamashu, Durban as one of 5 children. After matric in 2013, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Physical Science and English at the University of Kwazulu Natal. He is currently a teacher at the Malvern Primary School in Durban. On top of his dreams to become a world-renowned lecturer in his field, he is also a singer/songwriter that would like to record some impactful and inspiring music in the future. In primary school, his teachers already encouraged him to enter public speaking competitions. He remembers his first speech ever was about Ubuntu. He saw Nelson Mandela on television speaking about Ubuntu and he knew that was what he wanted to do. His family have a Christmas tradition where they had to prepare a creative piece for the Christmas concert. At the age of thirteen, he sang for the first time in front of his family and realised he loves the spotlight.
Thandi Mhlongo (32)
Thandi grew up in Claremont, just outside Pinetown in Kwazulu Natal. She and her four siblings lived with grandparents and extended family. She is the mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl and currently resides in Durban. Mhlongo is a lady with big dreams. Her long-term plan is to have one of the biggest media companies in Durban, and she believes that moving to Cape Town to be a presenter on the Expresso Morning Show is only the next step in reaching her dream one day. She has a history in marketing and advertising and is skilled in online content creation, social media, social media marketing, digital marketing and radio. For the past three years, Mhlongo has been the voice on Gagasi FM’s ‘Mid-Morning Hangout’ between 09:00 and 12:00 in Durban. In 2019 she won a Liberty Radio Award for the Best Music Show. She believes that she is a voice for her generation and she wants to instil belief in people. ‘Your dreams might not happen immediately, but with hard work’ she said.
Thato Moshoeshoe (20)
Thato (pronounced Mo-swhe-swhe) grew up in the small town Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, very close to the Lesotho border. Moshoeshoe has a royal lineage, as his great grandfather was King Lepogo Moshoehoe in Lesotho. He is one of four children to his mother, Matshidiso Evelyn Moshoeshoe, a preacher in his home town. After school, where Moshoeshoe was the head boy, he moved to Port Elizabeth to further his education. He is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Economics and Accounting at the Nelson Mandela University. In his first year at University, he saw a sign for Madiba’s Campus Radio and knew that was the next step in the journey to becoming what he always dreamt about. He knocked their door down and finally got a spot as a presenter. His first show was a disaster as he was thrown in the deep without knowing what to do with all the buttons in front of him. He quickly learned the ropes and in 2017 was awarded “Best Newcomer of the Year” on campus radio. In 2018 he got his own show called ‘Rise again’ and then again he was awarded “Best Show of the Year”. He is also a TV Presenter on ‘Boy’s Night out’ on Bay TV and he has recently started with a show on Kingfisher FM called #Fillup. Also, in 2018, he auditioned for Presenter Search on 3 in Port Elizabeth but was eliminated. He then auditioned again online with the McCafe Fasttrack and this time he ended in the Top 6, meeting DJ Fresh. Moshoeshoe believes it’s his destiny to be a presenter and that’s why he auditioned again for Presenter Search on 3, this time the Expresso Edition.
Catch Presenter Search on 3, Wednesdays at 19h30 on SABC 3.
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