Who will make it to hometown visits on The Bachelor SA?

The Bachelor SA | Season 1 | Episode 9

Thursday, 11 April 2019  |19:00 | M-Net Channel 101

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The number of wannabe brides on M-Net’s hit reality dating show The Bachelor SA is down to six, which means the battle to win the heart of the country’s hottest bachelor, Lee Thompson, is getting incredibly intense. He had bonded with all of them, which means the decisions he’ll be making from here on in will become ever more difficult.

Only four roses remain for Lee to hand out. Two of the ladies left in the mansion will feel the sting of rejection at the final rose ceremony, while the other four will be given the exciting opportunity to take Lee home to meet their loved ones. This is a big step in any relationship, so receiving a rose means that Lee sees a potential future with the bachelorette.

Jenna, Jozaan, Nontombi, Jacqueline, Michelle.R  and Gina are the remaining contenders.

Here are five more reasons why fans shouldn’t miss this week’s episode:

  • Emotional rollercoaster. An adventurous group date with the six girls. Awkward? You betcha!
  • Insecurity. Jacqueline questions her relationship status with Lee. Is her connection strong enough to get a rose?
  • An obvious front runner.  Five ladies feel shunned when a beautiful bachelorette gets a second one-on-one.
  • Sail away with me. Who is the lucky lady to sail across the horizon with Lee?
  • An emotional bachelor. Lee needs a moment at the rose ceremony. Who or what is the reason for this?

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The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za , a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP  44793), authorised financial services providers.

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SecretEATS Celebrates Their 6th Birthday This Month!

A DOUBLE HELPING OF SECRET DINING THIS MONTH

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Founded in 2013, SecretEATS brings together adventurous food lovers and talented chefs in surprising, unexpected and amazing venues for dinner throughout South Africa. It’s an exclusive dining experience unlike any other, that leaves guests hungry for more.

We’re sure in luck this April as two talented, top chefs come together to create culinary
magic for us in a stunning, brand new Secret Spot in Rivonia.

With more than 20 years of fine dining experience in some of South Africa’s top restaurants and exotic places around the world, this dynamic duo has cooked for royalty, nobles and ‘A-listers’ but believes in treating every guest like a VIP.

True epicureans devoted to the sensual enjoyment of food and wine, this creative pair
believes in quality over quantity and strives to deliver the highest calibre food and wine
imaginable. Coupled with our signature style of Secret evenings, we know this is one
culinary celebration you won’t want to miss!

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Please Note: This is not a photo of our upcoming SecretEATS venue, but of a previous event.

Where’s our Secret Spot? We’re headed inside a brand new chef-focused concept space to
tempt and truly tantalize your taste buds.

Seats are extremely limited to this two-night only Secret engagement.

SecretEATS was founded out of a love for food and wine, and a passion for bringing people together.  Since 2013, SecretEATS has been bringing together top chefs and young, rising stars with outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers in unique, unexpected and breathtaking spaces. A shared, social dining experience, guests meet and mingle over the course of the evening while breaking bread together.

As a leading international underground dining movement, we pride ourselves on working with some of the most talented chefs in the country in some of the most stunning, underground and Secret Spaces. Each SecretEATS dinner is unique; no two evenings will ever be the same as our Secret chefs and secret venues are always changing.

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Tickets are R850 each. Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

We recommend you hurry so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Seats are limited so be sure to book yours at https://tinyurl.com/SE-April.

Facebook: /thesecreteats or @Secret EATS
Instagram + Twitter: @thesecreteats

INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT “STOMP” TO BASH AND CRASH ITS WAY BACK TO SA!

Where rhythm speaks every language …

Stomp19-Social-LaunchPosts-GENFrom London and Paris to Las Vegas and New York STOMP makes music with brooms, matchboxes, hands and feet, poles, chairs, sinks, basketballs, newspapers and more, climaxing with the exhilarating trademark bins routine, where metal trashcans become drums and dustbin lids become combat shields. The encore engages the audience in a call and response that proves rhythm is a universal language.

This wildly entertaining international show heads to South Africa later this year opening at Montecasino’s Teatro on Tuesday, 13 August for a four week season ending on  Sunday, 08 September 2019.  Thereafter STOMP moves to Cape Town, on stage at Artscape from Wednesday, 11 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.  Tickets are available only from Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised ticketing agent.  The show is brought to this country by leading local show promoter,  Showtime Management in association with BBC First.

STOMP finds beauty and music in the mundane. It turns brooms into instruments and handclapping into a conversation; the junk and clutter of urban life becomes the source of infectious rhythm and wonder. The highly talented performers take the audience on a journey through sound, where rhythm is the only language.

Guaranteed to make your heart pound as the infectious rhythms of  8 brilliantly synchronised STOMP performers beat truck inner tubes, rubber hosing, Zippo lighters, plastic bags, metal dustbins, bin lids, tubs, water butts and, yes, even the kitchen sink!  And then there are the brooms that are turned into soft shoe partners.

STOMP is a unique combination of percussion, dance and physical comedy: seen by over 12 million people worldwide, there have been long running productions in London, Paris, Las Vegas, Boston and San Francisco, with the flagship New York still running, now celebrating its 25th year. There are up to 4 STOMP productions around the globe at any given time. STOMP has been touring the globe for 26 years, playing over 20 thousand performances in 55 countries on 6 continents. STOMP also performed in London’s West end for 15 years.

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Created in Brighton, UK, in the summer of 1991, STOMP was the result of a ten year collaboration between its creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The popularity ofSTOMP continually grew from strength to strength resulting in  the cast performing live at the 1996 Academy Awards (the Oscars) to an estimated audience of almost 1 billion worldwide. The largest assembly of STOMP performers ever (40 performers from 12 different countries) was brought together for a specially choreographed appearance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. The show toured South Africa in 2010 to critical acclaim and sold out performances. “The sizzling energy of STOMP is beyond infectious” says Hazel Feldman of Showtime Management, the show’s local promoter.  “Almost a decade later we welcome STOMP back this country to share its unique and energetic artform while introducing it to a new generation of theatre-goers.”

Book now for STOMP by calling Computicket on 083 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com  Computicket is the official ticketing partner for STOMP, and tickets should not be purchased from any other supplier/outlets. Visit  www.stomp.co.uk for more information.

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Twitter:  @stompworldwide

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Instagram @stompworldwide

SHOW INFORMATION

JOHANNESBURG:  Montecasino’s Teatro

Tuesday, 13 August to Sunday, 08 September 2019

CAPE TOWN: Artscape Opera House

Wednesday, 11 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019

SHOW TIMES:

No Monday performances

Weekdays: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 20h00

Weekends: Saturdays 15h00 & 20h00; Sundays 14h00 & 18h00

Performance:  1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

TICKET PRICES including VAT

Midweek (Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays 18h00): R150, R200, R300

Weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 13h30):  R200, R300, R400,

BOOKINGS:

Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or

visit your nearest Computicket outlet

GROUP BOOKINGS

20% Discount on groups of 20 and more – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday

and Sunday 6pm performances only valid for the top two prices.

Contact Jill Somers on 079 218 1658, sales@showtime.co.za

PENSIONER SPECIAL

Tuesday at 8pm & Sunday at 6pm ONLY

R150 on the top two prices

Only available at Computicket Outlets upon presentation of a valid identity document

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: No children under 3 years.

MONTECASINO GROUP HOSPITALITY PACKAGES:

(20+ tickets) montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com or 011 367 4250

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STOMP has won the following awards: Olivier Awards in 1994 for Best Entertainment and Best Choreography; OBIE in 1994 for the off-Broadway show; Drama Desk Awardin New York for Most Unique Theatre Experience; Academy Award nomination (1996) for the STOMP-oriented film ‘Brooms’ (which was selected for screening at both Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals); German Newspaper Abendzeitung Awards for Star of the Year for Luke Cresswell and STOMP in 1997; the Silver FIPA Award (Biarritz) for the STOMP special for HBO – ‘STOMP Out Loud’ (1998); the Chicago Human Rhythm Project JUBA! Award for Ground-Breaking Achievement in Tap and Percussive Dance in 1998 for Luke Cresswell; four Emmy nominations (1998) for ‘STOMP Out Loud’ with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Mini-series; in 1998 the Royal Television Society’s Southern Centre Award for Most Innovative Production for ‘STOMP Out Loud’; Manchester Evening News nomination for Best Special Entertainment in 1999.

STOMP has featured in two commercials for JACCS in Japan; one for Apples in Australia; one for Heinekin in the UK; one for Coca-Cola ‘Ice-Pick’, international; five commercials for Target Department stores in the US, three for Toyota in Japan and one for SEAT in Europe. The Target, SEAT and Toyota advertisements were directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The Target advertisements won the US RAC Award for Best TV campaign of 1994 and the Apples advertisement won a Silver Lion at Cannes.

IT’S GETTING HARDER TO SAY GOODBYE

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We’re 7 weeks in, and as Lee starts to form stronger relationships with each of the ladies, it’s bound to get more difficult to let each one go!

Each week sees fewer roses waiting to be distributed at the rose ceremony and this week it was Michelle D and Edith who didn’t receive roses and who had to bid farewell to the Bachelor mansion.

I chatted to both of them about their Bachelor SA experience, and I have to say, that their bubbly warmth was absolutely delightful. I could have talked to them for hours!

Michelle Du PlessisWho can forget Michelle stepping out of that limo and presenting Lee with … of all things … a cake?! She tells me how nerve-racking that was and how focussed she was on the red carpet, while silently repeating to herself “Don’t drop the cake!” Of course it was Lee himself who dropped it as soon as Michelle entered the mansion. She says she actually heard it, but thought “At least it wasn’t me that dropped it!” After rehearsing in her mind what she’d say to Lee when she first met him, she hadn’t actually reckoned on his response!! So when he did reply to her greeting she was a bit stunned and didn’t know what to say to him!

Similarly, Edith (who was one of the first ladies to meet Lee) says she also kept rehearsing in her head what she’d say to Lee when she met him for the first time. She remembers trying to just focus on how to walk and then suddenly he’s there in front of you! She says you’re so determined to look good and say all the right things, but when then when you meet him, you realise he’s just as nervous as you are!

Talking about all that pressure, with the spotlight being on you, and all those nerves, I asked if the girls, and even Lee himself, had any kind of preparation for this type of attention before participating in the show. They assured me that they did receive as much help as possible beforehand, and throughout. It’s not something you can enter into lightly, and you need to know (as much as is possible) what to expect and that there’s support available to get you through it, especially as you’re cut off from your usual support networks like your family and friends.

When it came to strategy Edith says that she wanted to have one but reminded herself that she’d function optimally if she was authentically herself.

For Michelle, her strategy was to be truthful to who she is. She went in telling herself not to hate, criticise or judge and this is what she pursued throughout. She endeavoured to get along with everyone and to always be respectful. As she explains it: “After all, we’re all dating the same guy!” She wouldn’t have done anything differently and says that she learnt a lot about herself along the way. She’s very clear about the fact that everyone has their own journey on the show, and most importantly, she made amazing friends.

Edith too has no regrets and wouldn’t change the way she did anything. She pauses though and then says that maybe she could have let go a little more.

Michelle did find it frustrating that she never got to go on a one-on-one date with Lee, but feels that they did reach a good understanding. This was definitely evident in her farewell to him, and one got the impression that the basis of a solid friendship was formed here.

And why did they even enter a show like this?

Edith MooketsiEdith explains that it wasn’t simply about Lee. “We’re also looking for someone out there,” she says. “This is just a different platform on which to do that.” She goes on to say that how you look isn’t a factor. You need to ask yourself what your ultimate goal is, and unless you put yourself out there and go for it, how do you know it’s not for you? “I could have done myself a great injustice if I hadn’t tried this. It’s a huge lesson, not to be so hard on yourself.”

Michelle’s response was completely different! To quote her directly: “I entered for shits and giggles!” She claims that she was constantly being asked the question ‘Why aren’t you married?’ At the time she entered she was 33, feeling overworked and wrung out by the continual hounding from everyone about her single status. One night, working late, the Bachelor SA ad popped up on her computer screen and she decided to fill in the entry form. She then screen-grabbed her entry and sent it to everyone – all her naysayers – telling them she’d taken matters into her own hands. And then she forgot about it … until she started getting through each round, and finally made it onto the actual show! She’d actually tried to enter the US Bachelor back in 2011 but was denied entry as she wasn’t a US citizen.

And what about life after The Bachelor SA? I wondered how Michelle and Edith’s perceptions may have changed about life, the universe and everything else?

According to Edith, the show definitely changes how you see yourself. She says that you’re made to feel so special, and you’re reminded that love really does exist. But she also says that you learn what people think of you and how you come across to others – she makes a passing reference to her ‘resting bitch face’!

She goes on the talk about how the show proves that we all deserve that someone who will go to extreme lengths to impress you, but at the same time it lends you a sense of empowerment in making someone want to do that for you. And most importantly, you learn to laugh at yourself.

Michelle describes the intense experience that the show is, and being that it is such a full-on experience, it absolutely has to change you on some level, which is a positive thing.

And once again the warmth and camaraderie that was created between all the ladies in the mansion was something that was spoken about with enormous enthusiasm. The time that they spent together and the bonds that were formed have been life-changing and immensely rewarding for all of them.

The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsaand follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet  #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za, a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP  44793), authorised financial services providers.

 

MEN IN TUTUS – AN ALL-MALE COMEDY BALLET!

DIRECT FROM NEW YORK AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA!

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An all-male comedy ballet danced by 16 prima dancers from 7 countries around the world.

We’re just 10 days away from the arrival of Les Ballet Eloelle’s MEN IN TUTUS – on stage at The Teatro at Montecasino for 4 shows only from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April!

Humour in classical ballet is hard to find, and this is one reason for the enduring popularity of this fabulous troupe of male ballerinas.  Direct from New York, Les Ballets Eloelle’s latest international production Men In Tutus is the most spectacular, talented and hilarious all-male comedy ballet ever!

The internationaly company has dancers from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Japan and The Philippines for this tour.

Men In Tutus will open at the Teatro, Montecasino, on Friday 12 April and will run for four performances only, until it moves to Cape Town, the Artscape Opera House from 18 to 21 April 2019.

Enjoy a taste of what to expect by watching this video advert: https://youtu.be/Y0NK_t3hFcE

Classical ballet likes to take itself seriously, which may explain why you don’t get many comedies on the ballet stage. Yet those of us who love tutus and tiaras also like nothing better than to laugh with the hairy man-ballerinas!

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Artistic Director (and also a principal dancer in the show), Victor Trevino states;

Our mission is to help bring new audiences to dance through comedy. We are essentially sharing the love of an artform with as broad of an audience as possible. Our hope is that audiences that come to our show who have never been to a ballet will consider seeing traditional (serious) dance. There is this mystique that dance is too difficult to understand and is only for audiences who have a deep knowledge of culture and art. We hope to change that misconception using comedy as a means to expose audiences to the magic of dance.

Those who love ballet will certainly see the choreography and skill of the dancers that’s expected in a traditional ballet.”

Trevino continues; This is a family friendly show. If you have never been to the ballet come out and join us, you will have a great time. If you have seen ballet, don’t miss this! You will have a deep appreciation for what you see and will have a great laugh at the same time. Also, we will be doing selfies after the show! We want to meet our audiences.”

Men In Tutus will feature the following:

Pas de Quatre

Pas de Deux, Le Corsaire

A parody of George Balanchine’s choreography, Go for Barocco

Swan Lake

From the thrilling pirouettes of the male dancers (in male and female costumes) with brilliant choreography to the side-splitting humour, all presented in specifically-designed lavish costumes, Victor Trevino’s Men In Tutus is a show designed for the whole family!

Men In Tutus - Poster 1Tickets for the Johannesburg season range from R200 – R400 and Bookings are through Computicket.

Men In Tutu Performances: at The Teatro, Montecasino

Friday 12 April at 20h00

Saturday 13 April at 15h00 and 20h00

Sunday 14 April at 15h00

Follow Les Ballets Eloelle on Social Media:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MenInPinkTights/

Instagram : balleteloelle

Twitter :   @balletEloelle

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A sweet serenade by international star Calum Scott on The Bachelor SA

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Lee Thompson, South Africa’s most eligible bachelor, is pulling out all the stops on the local reality dating series The Bachelor SA. This week, Lee revved up the romance by inviting international singing star Calum Scott to serenade the eight remaining ladies of the mansion. The UK singing sensation brought the ladies to tears as he sang his hit single you are the reason. “He looked each and every one of us in the eye and sang to us,” said an enthralled Michelle.D. The ladies were overwhelmed with that loving feeling and left in awe.

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At the mansion, Calum also read the next date card, which was an invitation to a one-on-one for Jenna! The online fitness coach was invited to a special date in the very intimate and personal setting of Lee’s penthouse at the Legacy Group Michelangelo Hotel. She is the only lady to have seen where Lee spends his time when he’s not at the mansion. Lee impressed her with his culinary skills, and the evening was filled with spectacular views, laughter and wine… and the end of the evening a diamond necklace from Jack Friedman and a beautiful red rose! Having come out of her shell, Jenna definitely left a lasting impression on Lee.

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Lee also planned an epic adrenalin-pumping group date this week, to see how far the ladies would go to “fall” in love. Joining him on the date were Michelle.D, Gina, Edith, Michelle.R, Jacqueline and Nontombi. Jozaan was quite concerned about being left out of the lovers’ leap with Mr Right – a skydiving adventure! It was Nontombi’s bubbly personality that won her one-on-one time with Lee – a sunset picnic in the bush, where they got to know each other better – which was all Nontombi had hoped for.The Bachelor 13

At the rose ceremony, with only five roses to hand out (the first had gone to Jenna), Lee decided to send sassy lawyer Edith home as he felt that she started to withdraw.  Online boutique owner Michelle.D, the only lass from the remaining ladies who had not received one-on-one time, also had to go.

The situation  is definitely heating up as each of the six remaining ladies have established a deep connection with Lee. It’s only a matter of time until the kumbaya vibe comes to an end…

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The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsaand follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za, a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP 44793), authorised financial services providers.

International singing sensation Calum Scott visits the The Bachelor SA mansion

The Bachelor SA | Season 1 | Episode 7

Thursday, 28 March 2019 |19:00 | M-Net Channel 101

Queue up the ladies and cue the music! In this week’s amorous edition of The Bachelor South Africa, host Jason Greer surprises the ladies with a very special guest – international best-selling singer and songwriter Calum Scott. If there’s one love language that everyone understands, it’s that of a romantic song, but how will the eight striking ladies left vying for Lee’s heart entertain the signing sensation, and what is he really there for? While all the beauties are enjoying Calum’s company, one of them won’t be going on the group date, however. Why is this happening?

This week, Bachelor Lee has only six roses to hand out, and here are six more reasons why fans simply can’t miss out on all the action:

· A once-in-a-lifetime one-on-one date. A special lady that has been quite reserved but very well noticed is finally invited to get to know Lee a little better.

· A bachelor in the kitchen. Lee impresses a hottie with his culinary skills.

· Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. A significant gift for a significant lady. Who will be the recipient of an elaborate, special gift from Jack Friedman jewelers be?

· Adventurous spirits. The adrenalin pumps when some ladies literally “fall” for love.

· A smile goes a long way. A ray of sunshine is rewarded for her endurance and contagious smile.

The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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