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Mic drop! DStv has just added some epic reality shows to its line-up this week.
BET (DStv channel 129) is looking for a new girl brand to top the charts in BET Presents: The Encore, while we have a brand-new group of singing celebs in outrageous costumes in The Masked Singer UK S2.
The New Negroes is a comedy show jam-packed with some of the best modern black comedians and musicians, while game shows Total Wipeout: Freddie & Paddy Takeover and Pointless S24 blend skill and silly ness, too.
And if you’re looking to feel cosy at home, Homestead Rescue, My Lottery Dream Home and Caribbean Life will bring that feeling right to your couch.
We’ve got games
The Masked Singer UK S2
This is the UK version of the fun game show in which celebrities disguise themselves in extravagant costumes while a panel of judges try to guess who they are based on their singing voices and performance style. Now it’s BAFTA award-winning comedian Mo Gilligan’s turn to take a judge’s chair and try to figure out who’s under the giant bobblehead, with host Joel Dommett co-ordinating the chaos, and singer Rita Ora and TV presenters Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross returning to judge, who’s hiding under 12 new costumes.
Watch from Sunday, 4 July on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 19:00
Total Wipeout: Freddie & Paddy Takeover S1
The absurd obstacle course series is here with a look back at some best-ever episodes. Bants in their pants boys Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness provide riotous commentary (replacing Richard Hammond’s original voiceover track) to some of the most memorable Total Wipeout (2009-2012) episodes and humiliation action replays. It’s fairly clean, so if you have kids who’ve never seen regular, non-athletic people getting splatted like bugs and falling in the water on this tricky giant game set, sit them down for a show.
Watch from Sunday, 4 July on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 18:15
Quiz show co-presented by Alexander Armstrong and host Richard Osman. 4 teams of 2 contestants each go on a wild ride in a variety of quiz games in which they must score as few points as possible by mining the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers that no one else can think of. All questions used on the show are factual in nature and are asked of a panel of 100 individuals in a pre-conducted public survey.
Watch from Monday, 5 July on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 18:00
BET Presents: The Encore
The search for the next big superstar girl group begins this week on BET. The journey starts with 9 singers from the hottest established girl groups in the US coming together in 1 mansion. The stars will have to overcome their initial power struggles and jockeying for status to create a beautiful harmony, because they have just 30 days to pull it together and cut a record. But when 9 people in 1 room all believe that they’re “the Beyoncé”, things are going to get loud.
Watch from Wednesday, 7 July on BET (DStv channel 129) at 22:00
The New Negroes
Inspired by the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, actor and comic Baron Vaughn and rapper Open Mike Eagle have put together this showcase of the most remarkable modern black comedians and musicians. The series will explore how these artists are sharing their lives and experiences, and how their work is dismantling outdated assumptions and beliefs about black cultures in the US. Guest stars include Hannibal Buress, Moshe Kasher, Method Man, Chris Redd, Sasheer Zamata and Tawny Newsome.
Watch on Saturday, 3 July on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) at 23:30
The Hills S2
A few television personalities and their socialite friends navigate the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles while trying to live fulfilling personal lives without getting their hearts broken. But sometimes fate has other plans, and with the new season,
after a rocky summer with her boyfriend Jason, Lauren decides to break it off and return to Teen Vogue to face her unhappy boss – who is not impressed with her work at all, which might cost her the job. Will Lauren sort this mess out?
Watch from Monday, 5 July on MTV (DStv channel 130) at 15:00
Down home series
Homestead Rescue S4
Expert homesteaders Marty, Misty and Matt Raney return to help those on the brink of failure to learn to survive and thrive off the grid. This season, the projects are bigger and tougher than ever. The Raneys respond to a call for help from Alaska's remote and rugged Chugach Mountains, where a homesteader is converting an old barn into a commercial fishing kitchen. But when Marty is suddenly forced to quarantine, Matt and Misty must finish alone, leading to the discovery of the homestead's biggest resource: gold.
Watch from Thursday, 8 July on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) at 19:15
My Lottery Dream Home S11
Celebrity designer and TV presenter David Bromstad is an expert when it comes to designing homes with flair. He loves luxury and opulence, making him the best man to help recent lottery winners find their dream home and spend some of their winnings the right way. In the new season his first client is a woman from Wisconsin who is ready to move out of her tiny apartment and into a new home with the $500,000 she won.
Watch from Monday, 5 July on HGTV (DStv channel 177) at 20:25
Caribbean Life S19
Life on a tropical Island sounds like paradise, and if you really want it, you can have it! In this lifestyle-reality show families from the mainland venture to the Caribbean Islands where they intend finding their dream home and living a peaceful life full of sea, sun and bliss. They will tour gorgeous homes on the white sandy beaches, but will it tick all their boxes and above all, their budget? A turn-key house might cost more than a renovation project.
Watch from Sunday, 4 July on HGTV (DStv channel 177) at 19:45