Thembisa Mdoda is out as presenter of Our Perfect Wedding on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and will be replaced through a presenter search competition.
There's been no announcement from M-Net's Mzansi Magic on Thembisa Mdoda's exit yet but her contract with the top-rated show has not been renewed.
Thembisa Mdoda joined Our Perfect Wedding in late 2015 from the 6th season of the show.
With her catchphrase of "Sifike! Sabona! Satshatisa!", Our Perfect Wedding is not just the most watched programme on Mzansi Magic but the most watched show on all of MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV offering, attracting around 1.84 million viewers per episode.
Thembisa Mdoda, a mother of twin boys, left Our Perfect Wedding for a few weeks earlier in 2017 for undisclosed reasons and were replaced by Nomsa Buthelezi. She returned in July.
UPDATE Wednesday 23 August 2017 17:19 - There's now a statement from Mzansi Magic.
"After 7 successful seasons of the popular reality show, Our Perfect Wedding is switching gears with a presenter search open to the public," says Mzansi Magic in a statement issued late on Wednesday afternoon.
"With three seasons under her belt ushering couples to the altar, Thembisa Mdoda is bidding farewell to the show."
"Thembisa Mdoda’s contract has come to an end. We thank her for her commitment and contribution to the success of OPW," says Nondumiso Mabece, head of publicity at M-Net local entertainment channels.
"We are looking forward to the exciting journey the show will be taking, opening up the platform for a hidden gem, a new face with untapped talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed."
Nomsa Buthelezi is employed as the temporary Our Perfect Wedding presenter.
"The new presenter will need to have a warm personality to match and the ability to connect with the viewers," says Nondumiso Mabece.
Here is what's needed for the Our Perfect Wedding presenter search auditions:
Contestants must be 25 years old and upwards, should be South African citizens with a valid South African ID.
The potential presenter will be auditioned by the producers and shortlisted for a second round of auditions. A panel of judges will select the contestants that will battle it out for the public vote in the final phase.
Here is the audition dates and venues:
Premier Hotel Regent
2 September 2017
Protea Hotel – Marriott Edward
9 September 2017
16 September 2017
Doors open at 08:00 – 18:00.
More information visit www.mzansimagici.tv /opw Or call 010 594 5127