Monday, June 13, 2016

Rhythm City actor Jamie Bartlett replaces Lalla Hirayama as judge on the 7th season of SA's Got Talent on; Shado Twala, DJ Fresh both back.

Actor Jamie Bartlett is replacing Lalla Hirayama as a judge behind the table for the upcoming 7th season of the reality talent competition show SA's Got Talent on

Jamie Barlett, most famous for his role as the evil puppet master character of David Genaro on the soap Rhythm City is replacing Lalla Hirayama after two seasons of the Rapid Blue produced show that will start on Sunday 4 September at 18:05 on

Lalla Hirayama is too busy working across M-Net channels fronting shows like M-Net Movies' Lallaland.

Both Shado Twala and DJ Fresh will be back as judges together with Jamie Barlett, with comedian Mongesi "Mo" Mahlangu (Toll A$$ Mo) taking over as host from Tats Nkonzo.

In a statement Jamie Bartlett says  he's "ecstatic" about joining as a SA's Got Talent judge.

"SA's Got Talent is a true celebration of top, local talent across the spectrum. I'm very excited at the prospect of being able to serve the talent and the show in my role as a judge. Viewers tuning into SA's Got Talent will see the real me - not playing a character, but daring the talent to move me".

Marlon Davids, the acting managing director for's channels division says Jamie Bartlett's extensive professional experience in the South African theatre, film and television industries will stand him in good stead on SA's Got Talent.

"We can't wait to see what he has to say about the talent that will be on stage - we know he'll be honest and tough to impress".