Award winning musicians, Zonke Dikana, Arno Carstens and Oskido, have just been announced as the hosts of SABC 1's X-Factor SA. It was announced at a fancy industry event at the Montecasino Ballroom, in Johannesburg, a few minutes ago.
The accomplished musicians, are respected in the industry, with Oskido being responsible for finding and signing some of South Africa's big music stars like Boom Shaka, Mafikizolo, Bongo Maffin, Trompies and even Zonke. Oskido and his record label, Kalawa Jazzme, are celebrating 20 years in the music industry, so how fitting it is that he's going to find the next big music star?
Zonke is a bonafide star, and is a gifted songwriter, penning some great hits and being the vocalist for some great dance anthems when she was still under Oskido's wing.
Arno Carstens is a rock legend and he and his band, The Springbok Nude Girls, have shaped South African rock music. They were the pioneers and opened the doors to what The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Zebra & Giraffe and even Van Coke Kartel enjoy.
While it remains to be seen whether they will make great judges, it's going to be interesting to see how they deal with the cameras, the talent and also the pressure of the teams they will be mentoring.
It's interesting that there are only three judges. So we can speculate that it will be Young Adults, Over 25s and Groups. They can't possibly separate according to genres. That would be terrible as we have so many genres in SA.
With Andile Ncube as host, it promises to be a great season and as Andile told us in an exclusive interview soon to be published on SMtv, we must expect the best edition of The X-Factor, ever!
Here's to that then!
The X-Factor South Africa premieres on SABC 1 on Saturday, September 6, and will end on 13 December 2013, in a grand live finale in Durban, where the winner will receive a Sony Music Entertainment recording contract and a cash prize of R300 000.