In Summary
  • Running a successful TV show is no walk in the park.
  • Many are waiting to see how the popstar will turn his musical fame into a fully-fledged television success.
  • Reality shows centred on gospel figures have faced considerable public disapproval.

Anticipation for Bahati’s new show continues to grow, as many wait to see how he will overcome the rocky past of gospel-themed reality TV shows. BONIFACE NYAGA looks at the upcoming show and delves into the likely challenges of being Bahati.

 

It is a first for Kenyan television and all eyes are waiting to see what Bahati has to offer. Though we have very popular reality television shows, there has been none that is centred around a specific artiste.

Running a successful TV show is no walk in the park, and many are waiting to see how the popstar will turn his musical fame into a fully-fledged television success.

Of particular interest to fans and analysts alike, is how the show will straddle around a pitfall that has met most gospel-themed reality shows. It is not lost to a casual observer that reality shows centred on gospel figures have faced considerable public disapproval.

CONTROVERSY

Grammy award-winning gospel group, Mary Mary did six seasons of their self-titled show “Mary Mary” on We TV. Delving deep into their personal lives, the show exposed their inner struggles, exposing infidelity, flaring tempers and many unsavoury things. Inevitably the TV series mired the perfect gospel image that the world had of Mary Mary.

Oxygen’s, “Preachers of LA” is perhaps one of the most criticised reality shows of all times. The show chronicled the lives of three flamboyant bishops and three pastors; from their work within the church to their personal lives at home. Many felt uncomfortable with the way the show paraded the lives of revered men of God for entertainment.

Because reality TV shows thrive on controversy and sometimes salacious content, many find it hard to reconcile that with the upright image of a gospel brand.

“It’s an amazing thing for an entertainment brand to be trusted with a 30-minute show. Bahati has really built an amazing brand over the years and it shows. However, reality shows reveal a side of someone’s life that we haven’t seen and that can be negative. I am really eager to watch it, maybe he has something special for people. I have known Bahati for a long time and he is a go-getter. I am just praying that he goes to the next level with this and God’s name is glorified,” said television and film producer J Blessing.

He admits that putting together a TV show requires discipline and very good management skills to organise all the logistics. It will require a cast and crew of not less than 20 people to follow him around, edit and produce a final product. J Blessing was one of the celebs who came out to show their support during the star-studded premier of the show last week.

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