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Lalla won’t be sleeping as a judge

ILLOVO - Resident Lalla Hirayama will join DJ Fresh and Shado Twala as judges for the third season of reality TV show, SA's Got Talent.

The Japanese-born South African dancer, actress, model and TV presenter has expressed her excitement to be part of what she said was one of her favourite TV shows.

Hirayama is no newbie to South Africa’s entertainment industry and, with her professional experience in hip-hop, tap and modern dance, is expected to add some heat to the show.

Also having been part of, and coming second on, the sixth season of the reality dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, the well-known celebrity knows the nerves that come with being in this kind of competition.

Speaking from a contestant’s point of view, Hirayama advised those interested in entering the competition to, “… embrace the feeling – especially the nerves, but don’t let it get to your head. Leave all self doubt in the wings, let go and have fun”.

As a judge, Hirayama said she was determined to find the next best South African entertainer. “Someone who can command the attention of the crowd, entertain them, and keep them talking afterwards,” she added.

Hirayama said she believed this season of SA’s Got Talent would gain a lot more popularity than the international versions, simply because, “… we’re colourful and love to stand out because our rhythm is so different to that of the rest of the world”.

Having travelled and lived out of the country, the new judge said what made South Africa different is what made it distinctly unique.

“South Africans have an amazing energy and sense of identity. And it shows through our art and [the] talent of our people,” she said.

Nationwide pre-auditions for the show have been completed and SA’s Got Talent will soon be televised on e.tv.

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