Somizi Mhlongo is staging an entertainment coup d’état one television programme at a time.
The dancer, choreographer and reality TV star said his show, Living the Dream With Somizi, broadcast on Mzansi Magic, was the “No1 show” according to viewers’ tweets.
This week he was announced as one of the hosts of the SA Music Awards.
SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng also recently spoke about “fighting” for Mhlongo, who was finally “my player”.
The Idols SA judge will join SABC radio, but Mhlongo and Motsoeneng wouldn’t reveal which station he would join.
Mhlongo said: “All this and the year is not even over. I feel the love and I’m humbled, I truly am living my dream and I believe it’s my time, but I have also been criticised just like I’ve been praised, so my skin is very thick. I know that I’m public property and it comes with the territory.”
While his show is among the top trending shows on Twitter, Mzansi Magic would not reveal figures to confirm Mhlongo’s statement.
M-Net spokesman Nondumiso Mabece said it was not the channel’s policy to release rating figures, but said Somizi’s show “rates very well every week”.