BET Top Actor SA: Episode 4 elimination

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Episode 4 sees fourth contestant say goodbye

BET’s sizzling new reality format Top Actor SA is heating up as episode 4 sees just eight contestants left.  This week’s challenge is all about comedy and will feature a special appearance by Hollywood veteran casting director, Kim Hardin, renowned for casting titles which include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Think Like a Man and Friday, to name just a few.

Top Actor SA airs weekly on BET (DStv Premium, channel 129), every Thursday at 19:55 CAT and is putting a dramatic new spin on the reality genre as it aims to find the hottest new actor in South Africa. This week, contestants were given instruction by Kim on what it takes to be a working actor in a cut-throat business, before she made the final cut – sending home 24 year old Lesego Pooe from Caltonville in Gauteng.

This week’s show, shot on the “BackLot” of Urban Brew Studios in Johannesburg, also featured South Africa’s own funnyman Trevor Gumbi, who tested the actors on their comedy chops with a challenging comedy scene in front of the cameras.

Lesego was finally evicted after struggling with the technical aspects of shooting a movie, such as remembering her “camera blocking”.  Both Kim Hardin and Trevor Gumbi felt that, in the end, Lesego “Didn’t Bring The Funny”.  A heartbroken Lesego nevertheless went out with dignity, informing the judges that, “Being in this competition was an amazing opportunity and I’m truly grateful!”  To listen to Lesego’s elimination interview, tune into Best T in the City with T-Bose on Kaya FM at 11:20 am on Friday 24 April.

Hosted by South African film and television star Zikhona Sodlaka (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Generations), Top Actor SA has seen twelve of the best up and coming actors in the country battle it out on camera in front of big industry names from Hollywood and South Africa. At stake is the chance to win the title of “Top Actor SA”, and a career-launching prize package that includes R100,000, international management representation and a professional role in an upcoming South Africa television/movie production.

The 8 hopeful young thespians still battling it out for the Top Actor SA title are:

Contestant Age Comes from Background
“Perci” Moeketsi 26 Brits, North West Province (SA) Aspiring actor/student. Currently studying Musical Theatre at Tshwane University of Technology.
“Altovise” Lawrence 23 Boksburg, Johannesburg (SA) Aspiring actor.  Just graduated with honours from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts.
“Lauren” Jenae Vankeirsbilck 23 Johannesburg (SA) Aspiring actor.  Studied at Rhodes University, majoring in TV Journalism, Media Studies and Dramatic Arts. Studied honours in Screen Acting at the Motion Picture and Film school (AFDA).
“Oros” Mampofu 24 Johannesburg (SA) Aspiring actor.  Graduated from ADFA in 2014 with a degree in acting.
“Busi” Thawla 27 Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal (SA) Musician/songwriter and aspiring actor. Studied at the University of WITS for her BADA degree.
“Paris” Kalamula 24 Cosmo City, Johannesburg (SA) Aspiring actor.  IMM Graduate School of Marketing – (former Big Brother Africa 2014 cast member).
“Francois” Jacobs   25 Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (SA) Full time actor. Completed his BA in (Drama) with a degree from the University of Stellenbosch. 
“Nicholas” Nkuna 26 Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (SA) Actor/singer/thespian.  Studied Musical Theatre at TUT Pretoria, then specially selected to continue honing his craft at the USA’s prestigious Ballstate University, Indiana. 

Each week, there is drama in the house and on the screen as the contestants compete against each other in grueling acting challenges, while living with the constant threat of elimination. Along the way they are helped and ultimately judged by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Tune in to episode 5 of Top Actor SA on Thursday 30 April at 19:55 CAT to see the remaining contestants nevertheless introduced to the fast-paced world of soap opera acting. Catch up with the contestants who are treated to a braai after a stressful mini challenge but are rudely interrupted by unwanted guests.

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