It’s always a nail biter, and the next, and second contestant voted off last night on Presenter Search on 3 is Laurina Machite.

It was revealed that Palesa Tembe, Ryle De Morny and Laurina Machite were the worst-performing contestants of the episode and got some tough love from the esteemed panel of judges Jeannie D, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Patience Stevens.

Palesa’s hesitation before her live links, due to missing her cues, caused a few clumsy moments on air which the judges believed spoiled her presentation. Ryle appeared to be overshadowed during his gym segment which made for a few awkward interactions with his guest. This and his lack of confidence in a space he is passionate about made for an underwhelming segment.

However, it was Laurina’s lack of personal interaction and on-air fumble when the director told her to finish off an interview, which caused her to lose focus and come to an abrupt stop that ultimately cost her a spot in the competition.

“You are a blogger and you had bloggers on the couch but they seemed to be having more fun than you were,” DJ Fresh told Laurina moments before her elimination. “You were a fish and we brought you water – swim!”

Patience Stevens revealed that although Laurina was asking all the right questions and that her interview was going well, her sudden stop after the director’s voice in her ear caused confusion was a hard thing to see. “The fact that you were given your instructions in your ear and that you had to react during the interview threw you totally,” she said. “When you go live, it’s a producer’s nightmare if the presenter freezes live on air. That was an issue.”

Sbusiso Kumalo felt that Laurina played it too safe on her Expresso takeover and failed to see a lack of growth in the presenter. Jeannie D concluded the feedback session telling Laurina that “when you are listening to your director in your ear, you have to be able to talk and listen at the same time. It’s like circular breathing and you’re leaving your audience hanging. If you’re interested in live TV, that is the ultimate fail.”

However, despite her elimination, Laurina adds that she had a great time throughout the competition and has learned some valuable lessons. “I did what my mother said I should do and that’s have fun. I’ve learned a lot and I am going to use that knowledge going forward.”

Sponsored by Capitec and McCafé, Presenter Search on 3 searches for three fresh, new faces to join the SABC 3’s Top Billing, Expresso and Afternoon Express in a nail-biting reality format.

Presenter Search on 3 has returned to it’s former 19:30 timeslot every Thursday on SABC.

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