Last night (on the 29th of October) Mishkah and I had loads of fun while attending the finale of season 3 of the Ultimate BAR.ONE Man reality TV show, which was broadcast on SABC 1. The event was held at The Venue in Morningside and all Top 16 contestants who participated in show, watched the finale on a big screen, while enjoying scrumptious food.
The Ultimate BAR.ONE Man is your typical reality show, where very big muscular men compete in very physical and mentally challenging events, to stand a chance of winning the grand prize, which included R500 000 in cash from Nestle, a Hilux Double Cab – DC 3.0 D4D RB Raider and a Yamaha Grizzly 300 quad bike sponsored by Bidvest.
I must admit that the final episode we viewed was the first time that I watched this show. It was enjoyable and the highlights video, which was screened for guests before the live broadcast of the last episode, got me up to speed quickly.
Johannes Mapalakanye won the grand finale and competed against Bongs Ndima and Zwelandile Magaya in a solo challenge, which included some aptly named trials such as the Glass Box Break Out, Pallet Staircase, The Tough One and Breaking Bricks where the top 3 were pitted against each other.
Johannes was so determined to compete in the BAR.ONE Manhunt that he took a month’s unpaid leave and postponed his wedding. He hopes to open a non-profit training centre in his area with the R500 000 cash prize.
Rapid Blue, a production company which was founded in 1993 by Duncan & Kee-Leen Irvine, produced the show. It was lovely to catch up with Kee-Leen, after both Mishkah and I worked for Rapid Blue on different reality shows.
The highlight of the night for me, was once again witnessing how reality shows like the BAR.ONE Manhunt can change contestants’ lives after participating in shows like this. Final interviews on the show were done with the winner, Johannes Mapalakanye, and the runners up, Bongs Ndima and Zwelandile Magaya with some of their family members present. This gave me a good sense of how this show has impacted on their lives.
This reminded me of the rugby reality show called “Up & Under” which I worked on while at Rapid Blue. One of the show’s participants, Clayton Blommetjies, is now playing rugby for the senior Blue Bulls rugby team. This is the power of these types of reality shows, when it actually changes the winner’s life for the better.