Archive for August 16th, 2012

August 16, 2012

conversations with the ‘my top billing dream’ top 5

My Top Billing Dream, Lynelle Kenned, Chamendran Naidoo (by Denzil Jacobs)

In Top Billing spectacular style, Jonathan Boynton-Lee was selected as this year’s My Top Billing Dream winner last Tuesday. I took some time to chat with Lynelle Kenned, Chamendran Naidoo, Zama Ngcobo and Lauren Blackwell about their experiences as part of the Top 10 contestants on the reality show. A roller-coaster of experiences and emotions for each of the contestants, from the opportunity to live at one of Cape Town’s top hotels, 15 On Orange Hotel and be competing for the top spot on SA television’s premiere lifestyle show.

Top 4 contestant, Lynelle Kenned: “It’s about being good at not just one thing, but learning and continually pushing yourself and growing,” Lynelle adds. We spoke about Lynelle’s background in singing, as an opera singer and performing for a crowd and how that influenced her success in the competition. “More than anything, the opportunity that all of u got is just amazing. I’m so happy and proud of Jonathan,” says Lynelle, “I’m going to look forward to seeing him on TV every week.” she continues with a smile.

My Top Billing Dream, Zama Ngcobo, Lauren Blackwell (by Denzil Jacobs)

Top 4 contestant, Chamendran Naidoo: “I think from the start, ’til the end I showed continual growth and think that’s what kept me in the competition,” says Chamendran. “I was easy to teach and willing to learn.” A much more confidant Chamendran that at the start of the competition, we spoke about the surprise of being told he was selected from thousands of hopefuls to be a part of the Top 10. “The Top 4 and the Top 10, we all support him, we knew him from day one ’til the end.” Chamendran says about winner, Jonathan.

Top 4 contestant, Zama Ngcobo: “All in all it was new territory for me. I experienced and learnt a lot. Every task I was given from the beginning of the competition was new ground for me, and I performed to the best of my ability,” says Zama.

Top 5 contestant, Lauren Blackwell: Eliminated just a week after her interview with international pop star, Justin Bieber, Lauren has taken time to consider her future goals in media, acting and presenting. At the age of 19, she understands her achievement of being selected as a finalist in the competition. “I am so young, I’m 19 and I’m in the Top 10, now I’m 19 and I’m going to Australia, now I’m 19 and I’m interviewing Justin Bieber. I was very very fortunate,” Lauren says about her interview with Bieber. “I want to go back to studying. I want to do film, whether it’s directing, producing or acting, but I definitely want to be involved in media.”

Follow Lynelle Kenned, Chamendran Naidoo, Zama Ngcobo and Lauren Blackwell on Twitter to find out where this experience may lead them. Follow @SABC3TopBilling on Twitter and Facebook for more of The Good Life.

August 16, 2012

jonathan boynton-lee’s ‘my top billing dream’ comes true

 

My Top Billing Dream Finale, Janez Vermeiren, Jeannie D, Jonathan Boynton-Lee

At the luxurious 15 On Orange Hotel in Cape Town on Tuesday, the My Top Billing Dream Top 4 contestants were honored with a VIP screening of the finale. Guests including the full Top 10 finalists, Leigh-Anne Williams, Janez Vermeiren and Simba Mhere were invited to indulge in champagne and canapés as they watched the final episode of Top Billing‘s My Top Billing Dream reality show. The gorgeous MC for the evening, Jeannie D looked spectacular as she introduced the winner, Jonathan Boynton-Lee after the show. Winner of the second Top Billing presenter search, Jonathan was handed keys to his new Mercedes-Benz, which he will be the proud owner of for six months. Basetsana Kumalo handed each of the Top 4 contestants a luxurious watch and congratulated Lynelle Kenned, Chamendran Naidoo and Zama Ngcobo for reaching for their dreams and for having reached Top 4 in the competition. The celebrations continued in true glamourous style as a Top Billing viewer was handed her own set of keys to a Mercedes-Benz in the viewer competition.

My Top Billing Dream Finale, Janez Vermeiren, Jeannie D, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Leigh-Anne Williams, Simba Mhere

Jonathan Boynton-Lee‘s My Top Billing Dream came true thanks to Top Billing and his passion, drive and ambition to succeed.

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