Posts tagged ‘Khanya Ngumbela’

August 6, 2012

greg kriek & khanya ngumbela talk about their journey on “my top billing dream”

My Top Billing Dream - Greg Kriek (by Denzil Jacobs)

It was a big surprise to SABC3‘s My Top Billing Dream reality show viewers last week when two contestants were eliminated. I sat down with Greg Kriek and Khanya Ngumbela to chat about their Top Billing experiences. Juggling both the Top Billing presenter search auditions and a philanthropic initiative, Greg Kriek found himself in the midst of a safari when he received the call from Top Billing that led to him receiving the news that he had been selected from thousands of hopefuls to be a part of the Top 10. Shortly thereafter, Greg checked in to his hotel room at the 15 On Orange Hotel to join the Top 10 contestants and the roller-coaster began. With his background in production, direction and acting, Greg embraced this new opportunity with both hands, “My whole Top Billing experience, everything was a debut for me, from the oysters to walking on a runway.” says Greg, “My motto and my vision in life is to use the platform of entertainment and media to empower others.” We spoke about the publicity that My Top Billing Dream has afforded him, “You know, going for a walk on the beach and having people say “Greg, I’m rooting for you”, for me that is a sign that I am walking in the right direction.” Given a opportunity to train as a director on Top Billing after being eliminated, Greg’s journey has certainly opened doors not only for him, but also organizations like the Happy Feet Foundation which he is involved in, “In reflection, exposure with Happy Feet, to me that is gold! To me it’s the grand prize.”

My Top Billing Dream - Khanya Ngumbela (by Denzil Jacobs)

Khanya Ngumbela gracefully shared a bit of background about herself, highlighting her previous presenting and modeling experience and her decision to audition, “I thought, let me bring what I’ve got and let’s see if they like it.” says Khanya. She described the moment she was told that she made the Top 10 as a whirlwind of emotion and excitement, “It was wonderful, so surreal.” In a competition environment, it can tough and straining, Khanya took another approach to this, “I said to myself, I need to compete against myself, I need to give my all and showcase myself in the best light.” About her elimination last week, Khanya remains positive and grateful for the opportunity she was given and worked toward, “Even though I’m out right now, I don’t feel like I’ve lost. I’ve grown as a person and a presenter.”

Catch the My Top Billing Dream reality show on SABC3, Tuesdays at 8pm. Visit and follow @SABC3TopBilling on Twitter.

July 27, 2012

lauren wallett talks about journey on “my top billing dream”

My Top Billing Dream - Lauren Wallett

I sat down with Lauren Wallett at the luxurious 15 On Orange Hotel in Cape Town to talk about her time on SABC3‘s “My Top Billing Dream” Reality Show. The third contestant voted off last week, Lauren has remained as confidant and driven as ever after the elimination. A trained actor, hailing from Durban, Lauren taught at her own performing arts school, which she attributes to giving her confidence to peruse her dreams, “I had a performing arts school for children, very much focused on building confidence and I’m still very passionate about that,” says Wallett.

“I feel that I’ve become more and more myself. I don’t see this as my chance to be famous, I want to be a working presenter, working actress,” says Lauren. Having been a part of the top 10 for 4 weeks and experiencing a whirlwind of the excitement, long hours, hard work and glamour of the industry, Lauren’s advise to others is that “It’s very important to remain true to yourself and not get swayed by anybody. Be yourself,” and continues, “You need to know who you are, because it’s going to test you completely. I’m going to carry on, now I’m certain.”

The Top 7 contestants are Chamendran Naidoo, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Lauren Blackwell, Khanya Ngumbela, Lynelle Kenned, Greg Kriek and Zama Ngcobo.

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July 20, 2012

‘my top billing dream’ fashion show

My Top Billing Dream Fashion Show, Lorna Maseko, Jo-Ann Strauss, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Lynelle Kenned

It was an evening of fashion and style as the My Top Billing Dream‘ Fashion Show took place at Canal Walk, Cape Town last night. SABC3 Top Billing presenters, Jeannie D, Jo-Ann Strauss and Lorna Maseko introduced the top eight finalists as the glamorous fashion show got underway, showcasing some of Canal Walk Shopping Mall‘s top clothing stores’ trends. The show drew an amazing crowd of ‘My Top Billing Dream’ fans as the finalists took part in the fashion show to the smooth sounds of Cape Town based band, GoodLuck. The perfect opportunity to talk directly to their fans, all the contestants remained poised and elegant through out the show, proving once more that they deserve their place in the top eight.

My Top Billing Dream Fashion Show, Jeannie D, Greg Kriek, Zama Ngcobo, Khanya Ngumbela

Fans were also treated to special performances by opera singer, Lynelle Kenned, a surprise gumboot dance by Greg Kriek (featuring the kids from the Happy Feet Youth Project) and a few perfectly excited links by all the contestants.

I had a chance to chat with the contestants after the fashion show and it was clear that each of them have their place in the top eight. A genuine sense of passion, drive and enthusiasm exuded from each of the contests. Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Lynelle Kenned ,Greg Kriek, Zama Ngcobo, Khanya Ngumbela, Chamendran Naidoo, Lauren Wallett captivated the audience and there is no double that the next few weeks will be filled with challenges, but each of them certainly rose to this cat-walk challenge.

My Top Billing Dream Fashion Show, Jeannie D, Leigh-Anne Williams, Chamendran Naidoo,Lauren Wallett

As she was on a special assignment for the Top Billing Show, Lauren Blackwell was unable to attend, but did leave a short and sweet message to the fans. Details of her special assignment will be revealed on the next episode of the My Top Billing Dream Reality Show.

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