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Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee

Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee


In a nail-biting finale aired on Top Billing on SABC3 on the 14 August 2012, boy-next-door, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, was named as the winner of the My Top Billing Dream reality show hosted by the channel over the past three months.

“This year was particularly hard to choose a winner as we had such talented finalists, but ultimately Jonathan won us over,” said judge and co-executive producer of Top Billing, Patience Stevens. “Right from the start when he first auditioned in Johannesburg we recognised something special in him – especially the way he spoke to us from the heart – but like the others nine finalists, he was put through his paces until we were absolutely sure he was exactly what we wanted for Top Billing.”

Jonathan said the fact that he studied Drama and TV Journalism at Rhodes may have helped him when it came to performing in front of the camera, and from his delightful carpentry insert in Knysna the judges could see he wasn’t afraid to try new things and laugh at himself when things didn’t go according to plan.  He also impressed the judges with his good sense of comic timing and the fact that he was able to make his guests feel at ease, such as when he interviewed Isidingo's Marisa Drummond at Gold Reef City. He also had female fans swooning when he took to the catwalk in an itsy-bitsy swimming costume at the My Top Billing Dream Fashion Show!

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for easy-going Jonathan. In week five he found himself in the bottom three after his adventure challenge of land yachting, which he had thought had gone well. Luckily he was spared by the judges and was more determined than ever to pull out all the stops for the finale. On the night he gave it his all and accompanied singer Paige Mac on the piano – proving what an all-round talent he is. “It was pretty nerve-wracking”, he said. “My mom was there and you know how it is when your mom’s around – since I was a little boy I always wanted to make her proud.”

As for hearing his name called out as the winner, Jonathan said everything was such a blur and that he can’t even remember it happening! “I can't even remember what I did when my name was called out. My mom came up and hugged me, but other than that, I can’t remember a thing.  I've never been so overwhelmed with emotion. My body didn't know how to react.  It still hasn’t sunk in.  How does an actor feel after winning an Oscar? How does an Olympic athlete feel after winning the gold? It’s indescribable – it doesn't feel real.”

Well to the rest of us it certainly does feel real and we can’t wait to see more of Jonathan!

Connect with Jonathan online:
Facebook: Jonathan
Twitter: @jon_boyntonlee
Instagram: jon_boyntonlee

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