25-year-old Dalen Lance has been chosen as the presenter of M-Net’s brand new reality show, High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa.

Despite his youth, the multi-talented Dalen boasts an impressive resume. As a singer-songwriter he released his debut album, “Be Your Man”, in 2006. Having reached the Top 50 stage of Idols 2002 and Popstars 2003, he is very familiar with the kind of pressures facing reality show contestants. He also has stage musical experience, taking the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in 2000. On TV, his presenting credits include Bling and Pap Idols; and he has featured in the films Dollars & White Pipes and Zenon 3. He was also nominated as Best Youth Male TV Presenter at the South African Kids Choice Awards in 2005 and 2006.

While doing all kinds of entertainment gigs, this go-getter also managed to earn his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Town, majoring in financial accounting.

Singer-songwriter-presenter Dalen, who’ll start his duties almost immediately by jetting off to the first open public day auditions in PE this weekend, is over the moon about landing this exciting role. “It is an amazing opportunity!” he said at his first publicity photo shoot mere hours after hearing the news. “Internationally, High School Musical is a phenomenon, and I think this unique reality show based on it is going to be massive in South Africa. It makes me proud to be part of such a juggernaut, an international property that has made big stars around the world.”

According to Carl Fischer, M-Net’s Head of Original Productions, Dalen personifies the kind of energy that will be the hallmark of High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa. “Dalen is the perfect presenter for this exciting new show aimed at the whole family. He is dynamic and good-looking, yet down to earth, and thanks to his extensive experience in the entertainment industry, he’ll be able to identify with the performers and be a role model for young South Africans,” says Fischer.

The High Shool Musical: Spotlight SA team is currently touring the country, and everyone between the ages of 16 and 25 who wants to be part of the show can audition at the following venues on the following dates:
*Port Elizabeth - Friday, 6 June at the ETC Conference Centre, Struandale.
*Cape Town - Friday, 13 June at The River Club, Observatory.
*Johannesburg - Thursday, 19 June and Friday, 20 June at The Wanderers Club, Illovo.
*Durban - Friday, 27 June at the BAT Centre, Victoria Embankment.

For more information, visit www.mnet.co.za.