Zim's Karen comes second in TLC contest

HARARE - Karen Paida Mukwedeya, 24, who was beaten to second position by Carissa Cupido from South Africa in the just-ended DStv’s TLC Next Great Presenter contest, is confident of a brighter future.

Though Carissa secured the majority of the more than 200 000 combined votes in the three-way contest which also featured Kenyan Charlie Karumi, Karen still made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean to make it into the top three of the TLC Next Great Presenter competition.

“Well, expect to hear and see a lot about me. This is not the end; the journey has just begun. Obviously being in the top two out of 1 600 applicants across Africa means something so I am going to make the most of it.

“The feeling was unreal but of course Carissa took the cup. I feel like any of us three would’ve been well deserving of the award,” Karen told the Daily News yesterday afternoon after Carissa was announced the winner.

Karen, who studied journalism and has experience in editing videos, attributed her history-making performance to the support she got from fellow Zimbabweans.

“Everyone who supported me got me where I am today, so they mean the whole world and more to me. I love them for believing in me, their belief in me gave me the courage to believe in myself too so I owe them a lot more. Stay tuned and you will get more from me, I promise,” she said.

As part of her prize package for winning the contest, South African Carissa will become the presenter of a brand new four-part series called TLC’s Most Extreme set to premiere on TLC Entertainment (DStv 135) early next year.

The 2016 TLC Next Great Presenter winner will also receive an all-expenses paid holiday to the Palace of the Lost City, courtesy of Sun International.

Discovery Networks CEEMEA vice president responsible for brand and content Lee Hobbs has described Carissa as a deserving winner.

“We are extremely proud of Carissa, her passion and love of TLC was evident throughout the competition and Africa definitely saw something special in her.

“This year, the competition was bigger and better and showcased the incredible talent that Africa has to offer. It’s fantastic to have Carissa join the TLC family and we know our viewers are going to love watching her,” he said.

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