Showville

Small towns have big tal­ent, as SA’s brand-new tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion Showville dis­cov­ers.

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Showville Sea­son 1 Satur­days (from 6 Fe­bru­ary) SABC2 19:30

So you think that South Africa’s undis­cov­ered tal­ent is only in the big cities? Think again! New-kid- on­the-re­al­ity-TV- com­pe­ti­tion-show block Showville SA (2016- cur­rent) is giv­ing SA’s smaller towns a chance to shine. From jug­glers to ma­gi­cians, uni­cy­cling clowns to con­tor­tion­ists, belly-danc­ing gym­nasts to co­me­di­ans – we’ll see it all. Pro­fes­sional dancer Bon­tle Modis­elle and co­me­dian/ac­tor Rob van Vu­uren travel the coun­try to find and re­fine the skills of tal­ented res­i­dents in over 20 towns in search of the best act from each area. The prize? R10 000 cash! We asked the pre­sen­ters to ex­plain how Showville works…

BON­TLE (25)

What was the best part of the au­di­tion­ing process? Not know­ing what to ex­pect. The fact that it’s a va­ri­ety tal­ent show creates an el­e­ment of sur­prise. Were there any stand-out acts for you? Sedge­field in the Western Cape (episode 5 on 5 March) had some­thing about it. It was a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what all of SA should look like. Ev­ery­thing was lev­elled up – the land­scape, age groups, race and tal­ent. I’d go so far as say­ing their tal­ent is of in­ter­na­tional qual­ity. Pick­ing a favourite act from here is dif­fi­cult. If you were to en­ter, what tal­ent would you put on show? It would have to be some­thing unique, like swal­low­ing swords while hula-hoop­ing a snake [Laughs]. What’s it like trav­el­ling and work­ing with your co-host Rob? He’s from a comedic and stage back­ground and I’m a dancer. Plus there’s an age gap, but some­how that never seems to mat­ter. We have the same eye for what’s good and what isn’t, and when we dis­agree, we work it out. It’s my first “TV thing” and he held my hand. I laugh ev­ery day, but I’ve also seen dif­fer­ent sides to Rob and he’s ex­tremely com­pas­sion­ate. Is the show any­thing like you ex­pected it to be? The for­mat and pro­duc­tion is ex­tremely mind-blow­ing and an ab­so­lute emo­tional roller­coaster. It’s been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence!

Bon­tle Modis­elle and Rob van Vu­uren are go­ing tal­ent hunt­ing around SA.

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