Spellbound Starts With Special Celebrity Episode

Prepare to be Spellbound!
Fun-filled new M-Net show kicks off with famous faces in the hot seat. How well can they S-P-E-L-L?

They grace our television screens and are known for their eloquence and superlative communication skills. But who will fare the best when their language skills are put to the test in a pressure-cooker environment? M-Net’s brand new family-friendly game show Spellbound kicks off with a very special celebrity episode this week Sunday (20 November) at 17:00.

Carte Blanche’s Devi Sankaree Govender, who used to be an Afrikaans teacher before becoming a formidable investigative journalist, will press pause on catching crooks to possibly win money for charity on the Spellbound stage, while kykNET’s Verslag host and editor of Rapport newspaper, Waldimar Pelser, will bring spelling skills from his journalistic background to the show, despite English being his second language. The Voice SA’s quirky V-Reporter and 94.7 DJ Stacey Norman will see if she can prove that she has the vocabulary to match that voice for radio and face for TV, and VUZU AMP’s Dineo Ranaka is out to demonstrate that penning all those entries into Dineo’s Diary has stood her in good stead…

Hosted by Jason Greer and Vanessa Marawa, Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and throughout the season, the show will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and rounds for adults of all ages. But for the premiere episode, these four well-known faces will brave the spelling spotlight to play for a possible R100 000 for a charity of their choice.

Devi will be taking part for the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust, which provides pediatric units in hospitals with life-saving equipment. Dineo is playing for a charity that is close to her mother’s heart, Little Eden, which cares for persons with intellectual disabilities, while Waldimar will be spelling to make money for Die Rapport Onderwysfonds which provides financial support to students who are studying towards a teacher’s qualification. Stacey will be hoping to make big money for Dignity Dreams, a cause with which she works very closely, which helps girls gain access to sanitary wear that they can’t otherwise afford.

Tune in to see who’s who – or should that be whose who? – in the spelling spotlight, and watch as one celebrity word whizz in particular receives a surprise of a lifetime, all in the name of a good cause.

Spellbound will be broadcast on M-Net Channel 101 on Sunday, 20 November from 17:00 – 17:30.

For more information, exclusive videos and snippets from behind-the-scenes, visit or follow the conversation on Twitter @MNet or with the hashtag #MNetSpellbound.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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