Showmax Premieres Temptation Island SA to debut on 26 August

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Showmax has licensed its first international reality TV format: Temptation Island South Africa is due to land in the first half of 2021.

Watch first look trailer:

The ultimate relationship test, Temptation Island South Africa — based on the Banijay-owned hit reality format — follows four couples at a crossroads in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives, or go their separate ways.

Together, the couples experience a luxurious holiday in paradise (aka Knysna), where they live separately – with 20 sexy single men and women who are looking for love. This last taste of the single life is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship, like, “Are we meant to be?” and “Is there someone better out there for me?”

Showmax has also already unveiled the 10 single guys who are tasked with charming the villa’s four lucky ladies.

Meet the single guys:

Temptation Island South Africa will be hosted by South African media personality, Phat Joe. “Phat Joe is a household name in South Africa and brings two decades of experience, including hosting reunions for both The Real Housewives of Durban and Season 2 of the Johannesburg edition,” says Candice Fangueiro, Showmax’s head of content.

“More importantly, he’s experienced the rollercoaster of love in every shape and form, from being a playboy to having high-profile relationships, to being heartbroken by a partner’s untimely death, to marrying the love of his life and starting a family. As someone who knows the games of love and temptation first hand, we believe he’s the perfect host for Temptation Island South Africa.”


Produced by Afrokaans Film & Television (Survivor SA), Temptation Island South Africa is the first international reality TV series format Showmax has licensed. Distributed by Banijay Rights, the global distribution arm of Banijay, Temptation Island is a Teen Choice-nominated pop culture phenomenon, which has been adapted 25 times and counting.

Watch Temptation Island South Africa from 26 August, with new episodes coming every Thursday until 4 November 2021.

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