Steve Harvey brings 'Family Feud' to Mzansi

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - Award-winning American entertainer Steve Harvey has launched an African version of his popular show, Family Feud, in South Africa and Ghana.

Harvey made the announcement during a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

He was in Mzansi to finalise logistics regarding the show. 

The show pits two families against each other to win cash and prizes.

"Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine,” Harvey said.

The well-known author, actor, comedian, radio personality, television host and producer expressed confidence that the localised version of the show would be more meaningful to Africa.

“I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent,” said Harvey.

Harvey said he was thrilled to be launching the show in his homeland, Africa.

"I was in Botswana last November and Africa has been on my vision board for eight to nine years now. I wanted to come home and do something in my homeland. Yes, America is my home and I have a great family there, great friends and great relationships. That’s home but it’s not my homeland. Africa is my homeland. I’ve always wanted to come here and own land. Do something meaningful. And since 'Family Feud' was so popular, I thought, you know what would be great: ‘If African families played against African families and I hosted that'.

 “Eventually my goal is to have South Africa play against Ghana, Joburg against Durban... my goal is to have it that way. And to have it so massive, almost like a soccer game,” he added.

He was also confident that the issue of communication was not a challenge considering that South Africa has more than ten official languages. 

 “Here’s the rule that has to happen. You have to have at least one or two family members that speak English. The other three don’t have to. That’s even more comedy for me because if I have to refer back to your captain every time I come to you for an answer and you give me an answer I don’t understand, that’s instant comedy for me. It’s great entertainment. We don’t have a problem with the diversity part of it at all. 

"Families will be selected just as we do with regular 'Family Feud'. The only requirement to get on to 'Family Feud' is your family has to be exciting. It has nothing to do with anything else. It is just that. This isn’t 'Jeopardy', you ain't gotta know nothing. If you college-educated, you probably don’t play 'Family Feud' very well anyway.  If you look at the show in the States, there’s no practice. It's all improv. None of it is scripted when I’m on stage. Not a single word of it,” he said.

The local version of Family Feud will commence production in Johannesburg in the last quarter of 2019, and begin airing in Africa the second quarter of 2020.

 The Family Feud Africa series will be produced by Rapid Blue for both South Africa and Ghana and hosted by Harvey.

 Rapid Blue is part of the BBC Studios international family of production companies which has produced award-winning localised African versions of international formats, including Dancing with Stars, X Factor, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Project Runway and First Dates.

 “We are thrilled to be working closely with Steve Harvey and his team to produce two African versions of Family Feud. Family is the cornerstone of life in South Africa and Ghana, and we are confident that we will see some wonderful families take part and that both seasons will resonate well with audiences here,” said Duncan Irvine, CEO of Rapid Blue.

Harvey was also confident Duncan and his crew will do a good job.

 “I’m working with Duncan (Irvine)  from Rapid Blue, a great company man that really gets it and knows how it is done and has a massive footprint here in the continent. He has been more than helpful in guiding us through the maze. So together, we will come up with the perfect way to get it done.”

 

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