Sea­son 7 SABC3 (*193) 06:30 Life­style

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 18 AUGUST -

Start­ing your day with life­style show Ex­presso (2010-cur­rent) is like drink­ing a mug of strong cof­fee: you’re wired! “No day is the same – the only con­stant is the wake-up call,” jokes host Katlego Maboe. And to­day is spe­cial: it marks episode 100 of sea­son 7. “There’s an abun­dance of en­ergy on set,” adds Katlego, whose co-pre­sen­ters in­clude Ewan Stry­dom, Leigh-Anne Wil­liams, Elana Afrika-Bre­denkamp, Graeme Richards, Zoe Brown and Bob The French Bull­dog. “It’s fun and chaos for the next two-and-a-half hours on air!”

It’s not just the two-and-a-half hours, is it? No, there’s more that goes into an episode [Laughs]. There’s a whirl­wind of en­ergy and hy­per­ac­tiv­ity. We do ex­cit­ing in­ter­views, weird news and there’s de­li­cious food. And af­ter each episode, we do self­ies with our guests – not just one ei­ther [Laughs]. You’ve been there from day 1, right? Yip – I had no ex­pec­ta­tions at all. I was just re­ally ex­cited to work with for­mer pre­sen­ter Michael Mol. The amount of knowl­edge I’ve gained from work­ing with him is noth­ing short of a bless­ing. And your high­lights? Too many! I have trav­elled the world and made amaz­ing mem­o­ries, like meet­ing mu­si­cians who in­spire me – Michael Bublé and Josh Groban – those are my high­lights. What’s the best les­son you’ve learnt? I’m happy with who I am. You won’t be every­one’s cup of tea and that’s okay. You’ve also taken home a cou­ple of awards for your Ex­presso work. Do you have a favourite? They all have a spe­cial place, but I’d be ly­ing if I didn’t say that the first SAFTA [in 2015] was my favourite. This is a job that keeps giv­ing and I’m grate­ful to the pub­lic who voted for me and keep push­ing me to be bet­ter.

Katlego Maboe (main) and his Ex­presso men­tor Michael Mol (inset).

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