Sundays on E! (DStv 124) at 20:00
Sundays on E! (DStv 124) at 20:00

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Team captain Ayanda Thabethe is ready for action in S2 of Celebrity Game Night on E! (DStv 124)

End the weekend on a high note by joining radio and television personality Anele Mdoda and a collection of local A-listers in her stylish living room for an evening of laughter, pop quizzes and boardgames-with-a-twist in S2 of the SAFTA-winning reality gameshow Celebrity Game Night, Sundays at 20:00 on E! (DStv 124).

As fans might know, this is no ordinary game night. Not only is there a live band and a studio audience to keep the party going, there’s also a hunky bartender who ensures the drinks keep flowing. The famous and fabulous are then taken out of their comfort zones and put to the test in a series of activities that either have them rolling on the floor with laughter or gasping for air – all of this while being led to victory by the show’s returning team captains, actress and television presenter Ayanda Thabethe and comedian Jason Goliath.

“Celebrity Game Night is all about having a good time,” says Ayanda. “We bring the country’s most adored stars together in 1 room. In that hour, nothing else matters. The celebs let their guards down, and we all have a ball. What’s more exciting is that viewers can participate in the challenges from the comfort of their own homes,” adds Ayanda. Now pick a team and prepare for a thrilling season of Celebrity Game Night as Ayanda reveals who we’ll see, and how the setup has changed.

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Who’s on the guest list?

Like the previous season, S2 of Celebrity Game Night includes athletes, musicians and actors. There’s a variety of comedians to look forward to, including Loyiso Gola, Lesego Thlabi aka Coconut Kelz, and Celeste Ntuli. Controversial musician Kelly Khumalo will be grabbing her spot on 1 of the velvet seats, which have replaced the couches to allow for social distancing, and performer Warren Masemola is gracing the stage with his presence in the very first episode. “These stars put their best foot forward in every challenge, and they bring their sense of humour along. I don’t want to reveal too much, but you should keep an eye out for vlogger and reality star Lasizwe Dambuza, who is hilarious on the show,” says Ayanda.

While there isn’t a grand prize for the winning team, the celeb guests receive something money can’t buy: Lifelong bragging rights. “They enjoy themselves so much, they always mention that they’d like to come back – and they do. We have returning guests like television personality Maps Maponyane, and Roxy Burger, host of E!’s How Do I Look? SA,” says Ayanda.

Putting her game face on

As captain, Ayanda’s role involves easing her team members’ nerves, uniting them, and instilling an aggressively competitive spirit. “It’s no secret that I play to win. Everyone knows it, especially my competitor, Jason,” says Ayanda with a laugh. “I didn’t know that I was this [cut-throat] until I joined Celebrity Game Night. Before the challenges, I pull my team members aside and I provide them with winning tips. There’s a point where I had to remind myself that the gameshow isn’t always about winning. It’s about enjoyment, too,” adds the captain.

The new normal

Due to lockdown regulations, S2’s set designs were altered, and Ayanda adds that the games don’t require as much physical contact this time around. “The production crew does a good job at keeping everyone apart. In S1, both teams would sit on opposite couches and cuddle together. This time around, we are seated on chairs [that are positioned a metre apart]. There’s an ottoman for those who want to rest their legs,” explains Ayanda, adding that “the studio, or rather, Anele’s house, is still fabulous.”

Watch Celebrity Game Night S2 Sundays at 20:00 on E! (DStv 124)

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