Love Stories: All you need is to have a bit of fun
After a four-year hiatus, the popular SABC1 reality show All You Need is Love returned last month.
I reckon most people who watched the show before simply wanted to snigger at those stupid (or brave) enough to go on national television to declare their love for someone else.
This might be someone already in their lives (wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend), someone they fancy or, worst of all, someone who left them.
Who in their right mind publicly begs their ex to take them back? The people on All You Need is Love do - and it's for our entertainment.
Hlomla Dandala originally hosted the show, with Vanessa Jansen as the field presenter who travelled in the Love Ximovana (the pet name given to the mobile studio), which was used to embarrass people at their workplaces or homes - and even shopping centres.
All You Need is Love ended after four seasons, but has been revived for a fifth with a new set of hosts. And that's understandable. It's 2012 - we shouldn't have to watch yesterday's presenters.
But Dandala's replacement, Sisanda Henna, is not the best fit for All You Need is Love. He takes himself, and the show, far too seriously.
While I'm not sure what the producers' intention was, I doubt it was for the show to be life-changing and enlightening. But with Henna at the helm, it feels like one is watching a show about something seriously depressing. It's as if he is announcing deaths.
The producers finally figured this out because news is, although he'd just started, Henna has already been kicked to the kerb. Now the search is on for a replacement.
What the programme needs is someone who has a bit of fun with it (without mocking the guests) and is charming, like Dandala.
Otherwise what was once a fun show will become boring and self-righteous, like that cheeky friend who lost her sense of humour.
'All You Need is Love' is on SABC1 on Tuesdays at 6.30pm