While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 stable, judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent and have decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize,Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela to the SABC 3 family with Mosa Kaiser grabbing a role as Expresso’s new field presenter.
One of the faces joining the Top Billing family is Dr. Fezile Mkhize. With his charming good looks, infectious personality and vast medical knowledge, Fezile is bound to add a great deal of experience to the Top Billing stable. Fezile was a front-runner in the competition ever since his girlfriend convinced him to audition and effortlessly undertook every curve-ball that was thrown at him throughout the season – making him the perfect addition to the SABC 3 family.
Get to know Dr. Fezile Mkhize better with this short Q&A:
What has been the highlight of your time on Presenter Search on 3?
The entire experience has been amazing! However, if I had to choose one thing it would be the ability to meet and get to bounce ideas off and share goals with all my fellow contestants along the way. They are all poised to be break out entertainers and to able to make those connections has been invaluable.
What has been the biggest lesson this experience has taught you?
Hard work is paramount. I’ve always known that hard work can lead to success but this experience has shown me that even when you think the chips are down – keep pushing because it will leave you in good stead for the next obstacle that comes your way.
How would you describe your presenting style?
Ever growing! I came in trying to embody so many of the presenters I believe are brilliant at what they do but as this journey unfolded, I’ve been helped to use my own voice. My presenting style then seems to be a mix of goofball next door with a twist of David Attenborough, all smothered in a secret sauce.
Your girlfriend is the one who encouraged you to audition. When you broke the news to her, what was her reaction?
A lot of ecstatic laughter and she was quick to remind me who really got me there. She’s always had unwavering confidence in this path I’ve taken and through it all has been a pillar of encouragement so she deserves congratulations just as much as I do.
What are you going to be bringing to Top Billing?
It’s a new era for the show and I know the other guys feel the same. I want to maintain the high standard it’s always been known for with a huge dose of whimsy, energy and most importantly heart!
Describe the moment you heard your name and were officially one of the winners of Presenter Search on 3.
I’m just a kid from a small town on the South Coast. You can’t prepare yourself for news like that. To hear it, I don’t know what that feeling can be described as, but I hope everyone feels it at least once in their life
Now that you have stepped into your role on Top Billing, have the first few episodes been everything you thought it would be or have there been a few surprises for you?
Thanks to Presenter Search on 3, I had a good idea of what was required when it came to the shoots and inserts but there is a new zeal that comes with knowing that you are on your own show – especially when that show is Top Billing! I have been absolutely energized being able to shoot for the show.
Do you have any rituals you do in order to prepare yourself before a shoot?
Research! Before any insert I always try to make sure I’ve familiarised myself with my guest for that insert, over and above the work out amazing research team does. It allows for more organic interaction and also allows for the viewer to gain a deeper appreciation for the guest.