Is the proliferation of celebrity reality shows in SA necessary?


Truth be told, most of us love our celebrities but do we really need them all up our faces like that?

South African celebs seem to be letting no opportunity pass them when it comes to putting themselves out there and getting the full package of being exposed…and it seems like reality TV is the way to go in 2017.

But the question is…are all these celebrity reality shows necessary, considering that a large portion of the country may not be interested in them at all.

And we’re not talking about the shows that actually have value, like those re-uniting families and capturing weddings, to helping people track down their long-lost fathers, these are the kinds of reality shows that are necessary to millions of South Africans who religiously watch them week in, week out.

Some shows’ necessities are plain blank questionable; Like the latest, of the local businesswomen and DJ Zinhle Jiyane, who is rumoured to be shooting a reality show back home in Dannhauser, KZN – this was after a tweet she made that read: “… I’m home with a crew filming a new reality show…”

Then there is Zahara. Who also seems to be pouring all her efforts on the brand new reality TV show. Which is said to be a Ferguson Films production, a company owned by Connie and Shona Ferguson.

Then we’re already Living The Dream With Somizi…which is very popular at the moment and currently airs on Mzansi Magic.

Then there was Papa Penny Ahee, a different one altogether which has been on the trends list week after week. Penny Penny really brought himself back to celebville with this show.

Then there’s the much-anticipated queen B’s reality show titled Being Bonang which she recently tweeted about saying “Coming soon.” The show will go on air in July 2017.

Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsvled…for those of you who don’t know them, they are the singing siblings that put themselves in everyday people’s shoes in a show called “In Jou Skoene”.

The former actress and WAG, Angelique will also be documenting her life as a mom of little Junior on reality tv. She tweeted, “Onthou vanaand op @viatv Angelique en Jr. Om 20:30! Vanaand leer my ma ‘n ding of twee.”

Uyanda Mbuli It’s On…is a reality show that received a lot of criticisms after its first airplay. This was Uyanda Mbuli’s comeback, after she’s been off the limelight for a while.

Then there’s Mandla and Lexi, a couple that was on Big Brother…Do you also think they should’ve left things in Big Brothers house…

Then there is still Ntombi and Ace, Rolling With The Ranaka’s, Dineo’s Diary and Forever Young.

Are all these shows really necessary or we are just being taken for a ride?

By Zinhle Zikalala