Times LIVE Top 10 Entertainment stories of 2012
Here are our top Entertainment stories of 2012. Enjoy!
1 Ma Noah not too impressed
Her comedian son Trevor Noah is taking the US by storm following his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But Patricia Noah apparently couldn't be bothered.
The comedian, who's on a two-year stint in the US trying to raise his international profile, had the 61-year-old veteran presenter Leno and his audience in stitches as he told jokes about Americans and their poor credit record, as well as about apartheid's effects on his family.
But while he's been basking in the praise of fans - which include the likes of fellow comedian John Vlismas, author Zakes Mda, and 5fm's Anele Mdoda - his mother suggested that she has more important things to do than join in the congratulatory spirit.
2 Kwaito star Brown Dash dies
Local kwaito star Brown Dash died late on May 9, his friend and collaborator, Brickz, confirmed. His death, after a long illness, comes just over a week after he was seen - looking frail but in good spirits – at the SA Music Awards at Sun City.
3 Adam Lambert and The Drums electrify Johannesburg
It was one night of craziness.
US pop sensation Adam Lambert hit South African shores with one big gay bang and brought the house down at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome November 16.
With just two dancers, two awesomely fat momma backup singers and a full band behind him, Lambert gave an electrifying performance that will stick with me for years to come.
4 It's official! Lady Gaga is coming to SA
In what has been the worst-kept secret of the week, Big Concerts announced on in June that Lady Gaga is coming to South Africa later this year.
The rumours had been swirling around social media for a while, reaching fever pitch after the concert promoter said they would be making a big announcement on 18 June.
5 SABC bans interviews with new Idol Khaya
The SABC has circulated an e-mail to SABC radio station managers banning its stations from interviewing South Africa's first black Idol, Khaya Mthethwa, according to a report.
Metro FM presenter and Idols judge Unathi Msengana confirmed in October that she was sent an e-mail by her station manager Martin Vilakazi instructing her not to do any interviews with the Idols winner or any competitor.
6 Die Antwoord, Lady Gaga battle it out over NSFW video
Surprise, surprise. South African zef group Die Antwoord have released yet another controversial video for their new single, this time, poking fun at queen of controversy Lady Gaga.
The video for Fatty Boom Boom features Lady Gaga clad in her infamous meat dress touring through the urban jungle of Johannesburg with a local taxi driver giving her a very stereotypical tour of what contains the average foreigner’s concept of South Africa.
7 Chris Brown brings Carpe Diem Tour to South Africa
Grammy Award winning artist Chris Brown is coming to South Africa on his Carpe Diem world tour later this year. The multi-platinum singer will perform at the Coca Cola Dome, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town.
8 Ryk's ex spills more morsels
While Ryk Neethling distances himself from his former girlfriend, Amanda Beard, another of her exes, Nascar driver Carl Edwards, has been painted as a disastrous boyfriend.
There is still no indication of whether her newly released autobiography, In the Water They Can't See You Cry, will be published in South Africa but the US media are abuzz about its salacious revelations.
9 Red Hot Chili Peppers head to South Africa
It's confirmed! US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers are heading to South Africa as part of their world tour.
Big Concerts has confirmed that the tour is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg and then Tuesday February 5, 2013 at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town.
10 New Nando's ad pokes fun at xenophobia: Video
With their cheeky campaigns now as famous as their chicken, food chain Nando's has released a new campaign addressing xenophobia using humour.
The minute-long advert channels the thoughts of a xenophobic, who wants all foreigners in South Africa to leave the country.
Frame by frame people of different nationalities and ethnic groups disappear into clouds of smoke, until only a Khoisan man is left, who then says to the camera: "I'm not going anywhere. You ***** found us here."