More funny tastes in the new ‘Come Dine With Me SA’


More funny tastes in the new ‘Come Dine With Me SA’

Season five of the hit show set for our screens soon

Senior reporter

Featuring the wry observations of voice-over legend Dave Lamb, outlandish characters, sumptuous cuisine and tons of humour, the fifth season of Come Dine With Me SA will return to local screens in coming months on BBC Brit, DStv channel 120. The show’s executive producer, Kee-Leen Irvine, chews the fat about the new season.
How will this season of Come Dine With Me SA differ from previous seasons?
It will follow the same format. However each episode is always completely different from the last because of the unique personalities and cultures of the dinner guests. As always, this season will serve up its usual smorgasbord of mouthwatering food and jaw-dropping antics.
What bloopers won’t we get to see on screen?
Come Dine With Me SA is one of the few shows where the bloopers mostly make the cut! We want to show off our contestants to the full and capture them in their element while trying to host the best dinner party. Within the 50 minutes of each episode, we really do try to keep all of the laugh-out-loud blooper-style bits in – as we know it’s what fans of the show love most.
Is there a safety team on set to ensure that contestants and crew don’t suffer injuries?
Rapid Blue and BBC Studios have a strict health and safety protocol on all our shows and we always ensure that we have people on the team who have been trained in basic first aid and fire fighting.
How were the contestants selected?
This year we have a whole host of amazing contestants who are sure to keep fans glued to their TV screens. Contestants enter via an online entry form. Rapid Blue then have an amazing casting team that sift through thousands of entries and submit a shortlist to the telephonic casting team. This is the first point at which the casting team get a true feel for the personality of the contestants. If the contestants impressed in their telephonic interview, three teams travel the country for two weeks auditioning them in their homes. Once we’ve selected our contestants from each region (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth) the team then stack them into groups of four for maximum entertainment value and present to BBC Brit for their final sign-off.
Over the past five seasons how many dinner parties have you filmed?
By the end of season five we will have filmed 240 individual dinner parties. That breaks down to 720 individual courses and over 3,200 hours of filming. One series takes three months of filming and seven months of production time to produce. It takes a dedicated team of 25 people.The local version has been sold and proved equally popular in Australia, the UK and Ireland.

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