Top SA celebrities join The Great South African Bake Off


BBC Lifestyle revealed that it will be airing a special celebrity episode of The Great South African Bake Off. The battle to crown South Africa’s best celebrity amateur baker will air at the end of the current series, on Tuesday, 19 December at 20:00 (DStv channel 174).

Radio and television personality and actress Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Comedian Chris Forrest, former Mrs. South Africa and Mrs. World Candice Abrahams, lauded singer Timothy Moloi, TV and Radio personality Mel Bala and Isidingo star Michaella Russell will all compete to claim the coveted title of South Africa’s best celebrity amateur baker. But can they bake?

The Great South African Bake Off has been a huge ratings success for BBC Lifestyle. The third series which is produced by Rapid Blue and sponsored by Huletts in association with Snowflake, premiered on Tuesday, 17 October and impressively pulled in some of the best ratings for the baking competition ever. BBC Lifestyle sat as the number two international channel on DStv during its transmission with the channel seeing nearly a 200 per cent uplift in its timeslot average for viewing figures*. The show has also proved to be a keen topic of discussion on social media with the #SABakeoff hashtag trending on Twitter in South Africa during the premiere episode’s launch.

This special episode will see six celebrity contestants bake for glory through the three rounds – signature, technical bake and the all-important showstopper, all with a festive theme. All the while their efforts will be scrutinized by the expert judging panel of Zola Nene and Tjaart Walraven. Anne Hirsch and Lentswe Bhengu also return as presenters. Who will shine like a star and who will fail to rise to the occasion?

The Great South African Bake Off demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality local programming. Together, Rapid Blue and BBC Worldwide will also be producing a second local commission with the hugely anticipated return of Come Dine With Me South Africa for a fourth series in 2018.

The Bake off format from Love Productions has been licensed to 26 countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Thailand and Mexico.

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