Search is on for the hero who can do SA proud
Fourteen contestants set out to prove their mettle for R1m prize
THE HUNT is on for the Bar-One man – an unsung hero who rescues kittens from trees, helps stranded women, and carries a keg of beer to safety at a party that has gone up in flames.
The new reality series, The Bar-One Manhunt, announced this week, is set to air on SABC 3 in January. Now, 14 contestants who fit the profile of the über-man are being sought.
Bar-One spokeswoman Monique Koning has encouraged South African men who are outgoing, sociable, compassionate, adventurous, physically fit and courageous to enter on www.barone.co.za.
Applicants must be aged between 23 and 38.
“Contestants will be testing their strength, stamina, and determination to face physical and all-round challenges to overcome stiff competition for a grand prize valued at over R1 million and the glory of becoming the next Bar-One man.”
She said several exciting, nailbiting and adrenalin-charged challenges were planned for each episode – often pitting brain against brawn.
Contestants are set to travel both locally and to exotic locations across the world.
“We’re looking for all-rounders who do not shy away from challenges, but also have a softer side.
“Contestants should be funny, great conversationalists and quick on their feet, similar to the heroic and iconic image depicted in our latest TV commercial,” said Koning.
She said the winner would epitomise the man who lives a full and active life. He would work and play hard, as this was the image that the reality TV show hoped to capture.
Some of South Africa’s male celebrities shared what they thought epitomised an unsung hero and their own “Bar-One” moments with the Weekend Argus.
Actor Ramey Short said he associated masculinity with Nelson Mandela, who was not only an activist but a boxer in his youth.
“He was a human rights activist and he always put people first. He spent 27 years on Robben Island and when he walked free he put the needs of the country first and its people first.
“He is very humble, even though the world is in awe of him.”
Short described his own heroic moment in a children’s home where he grew up.
“The place we stayed in caught on fire one night. I remember I had just started high school and I helped the older boys get the younger kids and the girls out of the building.”
TV presenter and former Mr South Africa, Dieter Voigt said he believed a real hero was the everyday guy who gets up in the morning and makes a conscious decision to do the right thing, make a difference and be true to himself.
As an example, he cited rugby player Luke Watson, who was heavily criticised for his negative comments about the Springbok jersey but gained sympathy and respect when he made a comeback.
Voigt said his moment of courage and being true to himself was when he competed in the recent Cape Pioneer Trek.
“There were some really gruelling moments. I was with a group of guys who decided to stick together and help each other through the race. When someone had a puncture we helped out instead of riding on and leaving him behind.”
Derek van Dam, e.tv’s weatherman, said he equated machoism with an unshaven John Wayne.
“When he walked into a room you could feel his presence. Even though I have to be clean-shaven, I try to go unshaven on weekends.”
Van Dam said one of his unsung hero moments was when he went to the rescue of a motorist who had just flipped his car and was pinned in his vehicle.
“I stayed with him until the paramedics arrived.”
ÜBER-MEN: Celebs cite Luke Watson and Nelson Mandela as their heroes.