The My Top Billing Dream presenter search has just finished the Port Elizabeth leg of their nationwide audition tour. After seeing impressive auditions in Bloemfontein and Durban, the judges had high expectations for The Windy City and they were not disappointed.
Applicants queued early on Thursday morning outside the Protea Hotel Marine, some having slept overnight in their cars, to get the chance to show the judges what they’re made of.
Top Billing presenter and prelim judge, Lorna Maseko was impressed with the atmosphere at the auditions. “PE was so much fun, the contestants were really friendly and we found that they weren’t as nervous as in previous audition cities. There was a definite feel of camaraderie between those auditioning and it made for a great few days.’
26 hopefuls made it through to the callback day with judges including Top Billing insert director, Lars Schwinges, presenter Jo-Ann Strauss and local personality and marketing director for Umhlobo Wenene radio station, Ayanda Bambiso.
After a whirlwind three days of auditions, Schwinges remained positive about the final outcome: “The friendly city delivered in terms of personality and incredible talent,’ he said, “but there were also those whose audition was so different that they need to be seen to be believed!’
After tough deliberation in Port Elizabeth, the My Top Billing Dream presenter search made its rounds in Limpopo on 28 of May.
Top Billing fans lined the walkway to the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort in the early hours of the morning, some having travelled as far as 300km to get the chance to audition.
Insert director Buddy Gaylard was part of the judging panel and was impressed with the spirit of the crowd. “Polokwane was a stunning surprise in terms of style and fashion,’ said Gaylard, “everyone really came out dressed to impress. They were full of hope, wanting to prove that talent can definitely come from anywhere. The positive energy was refreshing and invigorating. “
Twenty-one people made the committee callbacks, where they auditioned in front of the three judges Gaylard, cameraman Wimpie Ackerman and Top Billing presenter Lorna Maseko.
“The callbacks are always difficult to judge,’ said Maseko. “That’s when you get to unearth the true talent and see what people are really made of. We’ve seen some really great auditions in Polokwane, the locals have been really friendly and they really made us feel at home during our stay.’
With four cities down, only Cape Town and Johannesburg are left to audition to be the next Top Billing presenter. The next leg of the My Top Billing Dream Presenter Search will take place in Johannesburg from 8 to 11 June.