Sithelo Shozi discusses how she landed the investigator role on The Masked Singer SA alongside Somizi Mhlongo, J’Something, and Skhumba.
The show premiered last weekend and received overwhelmingly good reviews, with Sithelo topping trending lists.
Speaking in a recent interview with Drum, the mother-of-3 said, “Not that I have never imagined myself in the space, but I just think I hadn’t planned or thought of it in my head for something that could happen right now. It still kind of feels like an out-of-body experience but it’s also just so phenomenal, it’s a really beautiful journey and I could never take any of this for granted.”
Sithelo said she got a call from Anele Mdoda who owns the production company producing the show. She was told to watch the UK version of Masked Singer but didn’t reveal to her why she was watching it.
Later, it was announced that the show was coming to South Africa and Anele made her one of the detectives. The DJ didn’t take it seriously at first but later realized it was real and expressed gratitude to Anele.
Speaking of why Mdoda picked her, Shozi said the radio presenter has already revealed the reason.
“She spoke of how a lot of people speak about opening the industry to new talent and that never really materializes. She said that she had been following me on social media for like four years and just watching how I move, what I say, what I put out, how I speak my truth, and how I’m so bold about whatever it is I’m doing.
She says that’s what she wanted and that she saw herself in me when she was my age and she’d like for me to grow as much as she’s grown in the industry.”
“They’ve made me so comfortable, they have taken away the fears that I had in my head. They’ve welcomed me to this production.”
For the better part of it, she says, “I had so much fun that I don’t even remember shooting it and that’s what I love about it because nothing is scripted.”