… And it was exactly that, Spectacular.
As it is each year the YOU Magazine Spectacular Awards are held at Emperors Palace. Dressed by Vivienne’s (big thank you required) and Jacques, by up-coming designer, Doe of Hollywood Designs. Also, a big thank you to Swept Hair Salon, Shaun and his team for the last minute hair.
Everyone who’s anyone was present at the YOU Spectacular awards; From Musicians, Presenters, Soap Stars, Fashion Designers to Models, Sports Heroes and Celeb Couples. This year we were entertained by performances from Flash Republic, and I must just say, lead singer Tamara Dey is incredible on stage. Arno Castens, Louise Carver, Loyiso Bala, Chris Chameleon and BOO (My first introduction to BOO, fascinating … and weird… but fascinating). The most entertaining of the evening was MC Nic Rabinowitz, what a comedian … brilliant delivery, sharp and seriously funny!
Best Newcomer Award went to Locnville, unfortunately they weren’t there but we were played their “thank you” clip. Best Presenter to Leanne Manas who gave a sweet speech about her newly born son, Jacques also commented on how “Sandra Bullock” Leanne is, I do agree. Favourite couple went to Riaan and Michelle Garforth Venter, and in their acceptance speech Riaan joked on how he was once announced gay in the pages of YOU and is now accepting an award for favourite couple, Oh how the industry works! Our good friend Terrence Bridget, who played alongside Jacques in last years Pinocchio Pantomime, won Best Actor. And then we were showered with humble speeches as the glowing and very pregnant Lee-Anne Liebenberg and Janez Vermeiren took Sexiest Female and Male respectively. Janez even commented on how 10 years ago he was popping zits in the mirror, um… yummy.
New Idols presenter Proverb showed off his lovely partner, he likes to introduce her as Mrs. Verb. Very sweet. Most Popular Female went to Jeannie D who thinks my boyfriend has just got THE most adorable face. I know, I know, I am a lucky girl. Trevor Noah took Most Popular Male… I really like this man.
Favourite Radio Personality went to Darren Scott, surprising to me; He was up against Gareth Cliff, Grant and Anele, Jeremy Mansfield and DJ Fresh, and this category showed me what talent we really do have in SA. He admits his secret to losing half of his body in weight, is that he only eats when Julius Malema says something intelligent. Music star of the Year, The Parlotones.
Our food was good, stunning starters and a mean chocolate mouse desert which is always a winner. We were each served a full chicken for mains, and there were 62 tables of 10. A lot of chickens. I told a white lie, said I was vegetarian and had the most delicious veggie lasagna.
We had a brief speech from Mr. SA, Denver Burns and it made me consider where Miss SA was that evening. I find it sad how our current Miss SA, Nicole Flint hasn’t featured as much this year, and I’m not the only one who thinks this, half my table didn’t know her name.
As far as fashion goes, Liezl Van Der Westhuizen was sporting a brand new trendy European summer haircut, and Pabi Moloi, dressed by very talented Lloyd Loots was superbly draped in autumn colours of stripped fabric, she looked stunning. Yup, I was lucky enough to be sharing a table with her dashing designer, and I got his details. Big Smiles!
The show ended with South Africa on a whole taking News Maker of the Year, YOU magazine dedicating the award to our countries ahievements of 2010. I thought that was really nice.
The camera’s then switched off and the night rolled on, The VIP’s relaxed into their natural personalities, and fell into party mode, open bar, stunning venue, pretty people – You would have all the behind the scenes scoop, except Heat Magazine were unfortunately not invited.
The You Spectacular Awards show will be broadcast on Monday, 26th July, 21h30 on Mnet