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BONANG vs SOMIZI

CityPress - - Front Page - SHADRACK MASILELA shadrack.masilela@city­press.co.za

The fall­out be­tween Queen B and SomGaga looks set to be­come epic, with nei­ther show­ing any signs of heal­ing the rift. The rea­son for the split of the former besties, turned fren­e­mies, turned foes came out in the wash re­cently – in Bonang’s con­tro­ver­sial-for-all-the-wrong-rea­sons au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, From A to B.

Somizi had thought Bonang had given him the cold shoul­der be­cause she sus­pected him of hav­ing told DJ Zinhle about Bonang dat­ing Zinhle’s baby daddy, AKA. How­ever, Bonang gives a dif­fer­ent rea­son for shad­ing SomGaga – it’s all about her ex, Eu­phonik. As she writes in her book: “It took me a while to eventually leave that re­la­tion­ship, and years af­ter I had, Somizi, who was my friend, sud­denly be­came friends with my ex. The same one whose vi­o­lence to­wards me he had wit­nessed.” And now their ri­valry has in­ten­si­fied even more be­cause of the way they have po­si­tioned them­selves in the mar­ket­place. Somizi has a TV re­al­ity show – and so does Bonang. Somizi has a book out – and so does Bonang. They are both so­cial me­dia and me­dia stars. But who is win­ning the suc­cess stakes this week? City Press de­cided to put it to the test:

BOOK SALES

Somizi re­leased Domi­noes: Un­break­able Spirit – The Somizi Mh­longo Story a few weeks be­fore Bonang re­leased the typo-rid­dled mem­oir, From A to B. Both are au­to­bi­ogra­phies.

Somizi rock­eted to num­ber one on the Ex­clu­sive Books charts, but was then neatly de­throned by Bonang and pushed into sec­ond place. But then fresh drama ar­rived like a Highveld storm. Queen B’s book has been with­drawn until a bet­ter proof­read ver­sion can be printed. And this week, a lack of prod­uct saw her slip from the top spot and Somizi re­turn to num­ber one at Ex­clu­sive Books.

Win­ner:

Somizi, even if by de­fault. Yikes! It’s dead even. One all.

RE­AL­ITY SHOWS

Liv­ing The Dream with Somizi is on Mzansi Magic and has done rather well, gain­ing a top au­di­ence rat­ing of 1.3 among all adults. That’s about half a mil­lion peo­ple – not bad for a DStv show.

The first rat­ings for Queen B’s new show, Be­ing Bonang, which airs on Vusu Amp, came out this week and – oops – they’re not great. Her high­est in­nings by far was a 0.4 (that’s, like, 150 000 view­ers) on pre­miere night. Her low­est was two weeks later, at 0.04. Ouch!

But – yes, there’s a but here – Somizi’s show is on a chan­nel with way more reach than the pre­mium Vuzu Amp chan­nel. Mzansi Magic fea­tures on the pop­u­lar Com­pact bou­quet from DStv. And both shows are rat­ing above their chan­nel’s av­er­age per­for­mances. DStv in­sid­ers, though, say he’s out­per­form­ing her.

To de­cide the out­come, we looked at their other cur­rent TV shows. Somizi is a judge on the pop­u­lar re­al­ity show, Idols SA. Bonang hosts the re­al­ity cook-off show KFC Taste Kitchen.

Win­ner:

Soz, Queen B, you lose this round.

Take the throne please, SomGaga. You win. But only this week.

MY BOOK IS NUM­BER WHAT? Somizi is back in top spot on the best­seller list

FROM A TO WITH­DRAWN Bonang loses the book cat­e­gory

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