SABC 2's gospel music reality competition is back for a third season. After a three year absence, the talent search returns tonight with a revamp and new faces at its helm. After a rather disappointing second season, things needed to be drastically changed and luckily for viewers, they have been changed. Thabo Mdluli, who hosted the first two seasons, has been replaced with 7de Laan actress and former Top Billing presenter, Salamina Mosese. There are three news judges- Ntokozo Mbambo, Sipho Makhabane and Tshepo Nzimande. Lindelani Mkhize will now be playing a mentor-ship role, like Jimmy Iovine on past seasons of American Idol.
Salamina Mosese is an actress and presenter. Currently playing the role of Nthabi on SABC 2's 7de Laan, Salamina has been in the entertainment industry since she was 15. With roles on Backstage, a presenting stint on Top Billing and a SAFTA winning performance on Abomzala, she's carved herself as one talented actors and presenters in the country. She shies away from the whole celebrity game, which makes her very refreshing.
She takes over from Thabo Mdluli as the host of the third season of I Want to Sing Gospel and we hope that she'll be as impressive as she was on Top Billing, albeit it being a very different format.
She is married to a singer/actor, Tshepo 'Howza' Mosese, so she knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.
Will she impress as host? I guess we'll have to wait and find out.
Ntokozo Mbambo is an award winning gospel singer, who boasts one of the biggest voices in South Africa. A diva in her own right, she's one of the best gospel singers South Africa has ever seen and heard. A former member of the award winning Joyous Celebration, she has been in the music industry for more than ten years. Long expected to be judge of one of South Africa's many singing competitions, I Want to Sing Gospel, snapped her up and luckily for her (and the show) gospel music is her forte. As a former vocal coach of Joyous Celebration, Ntokozo will be an invaluable source of advice for the contestants and it will be in their favour to heed her advice, even more so than the other judges.
Sipho Makhabane is another award winning gospel musician, a legend of the genre. Having won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards, Makhabane has a wealth of knowledge about the genre. An avid talent spotter, he has signed popular gospel artists like Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Thobekile and Israel Mosehla, Makhabane, like Ntokozo is a worthy judge for I Want to Sing Gospel. Kudos on SABC 2 for getting him involved. As both a musician, producer and label boss, Makhabane knows what the industry wants.
Tshepo Nzimande is a record label boss, which has boasted artists like Lundi Tyamara, S'fiso Ncwane and more in its stable. The only non-singer, Nzimande is a surprising, but clever choice for judge as he won't only be looking at the singing, but also the marketability of the contestants. It's a singing competition, but if the winner cannot be marketed, there's no point in them winning. We are, sadly, seeing that with Idols winner, Musa. Nzimande has done a great job with marketing singers signed under his label. His advice will also be invaluable.
Lindelani Mkhize stays on the show as the contestants' mentor, which is a great move as he runs one of the best gospel groups in the country.
The winner of the 3rd season of I Want To Sing Gospel will walk away with a prize money of R200 000.00 and a lucrative recording contract deal.
Episode 1 – East London Auditions (Top 5 from the region will be selected)
Episode 2 –
Auditions (Top 5 from the region will be selected) Durban
Episode 3 –
Auditions (Top 5 from the
auditions will be selected Johannesburg
Episode 4 – Announcement of the top 15 contestants
Catch the show tonight, on SABC 2 at 7.30pm