They’re young, they’re hot and they’re spicing up the airwaves with their fun loving and fresh presenting skills. Enigma meets the future of Egyptian television…

Ashraf Hamdi OTV

Ashraf Hamdi

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An award-winning international actor.

What has been your proudest moment?

Beating out a host of Egyptian actors to get cast in an international film. I’m also really proud of the time a viewer called in to say I brought a smile to her face, even though she’d just broken up with her boyfriend. That made me feel really great!

What’s been your most embarrassing on-air moment?

A friend of mine once called in on a segment we were doing with a doctor. I knew my friend was messing with me, but the doctor didn’t. So my friend comes up with this story about his daughter seeing dead people and the doctor actually takes him seriously! He even went on to acknowledge the problem as a common one. It was so hard to keep myself from laughing!

What do you find attractive in a woman?

She has to be intelligent and smart, she’s got to have nice eyes and teeth and she has to be supportive. I can’t stand Paris Hilton wannabes!

Complete this sentence: Egyptian women are…

Sexy! But they also have a materialistic side. They’re kind-hearted but they’re also often drama queens. Only a few are ambitious, and most only care about the gossip happening in their social lives.

Name three of your favourite things:

Filmmaking, water sports and women (the smart, pretty ones!).

Name three things you absolutely can’t stand…

Lying, disloyalty and raw eggs.

Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry?

Chocolate.

Complete this sentence: I wouldn’t be where I am today without…

Being persistent, taking risks for things I have passion for and being close to God.

Which three words best describe you?

Ambitious, persistent and fair.

 

Marwan Kadry OTV

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Rock Star. I’m learning to play the guitar, both acoustic and electric.

What has been your proudest moment?

When I received an award for best radio coverage of a cancer campaign for a feature story I did on Nogoom FM in 2005.

What has been your most embarrassing on-air moment?

Once I was helping out Nile FM by doing a link with RJs Alison Espirit and Lou. They asked, “What food could you eat for 30 days?” I responded, “I love seafood, but I don’t eat duck because ducks eat their own sh**.” Not even the seven second delay on radio could save me from that!

What keeps you up at night?

Migraines.

What do you find attractive in a woman?

Her body and her brain.

Complete this sentence: Egyptian women…

Don’t look very good when they go out at night, even though they think they do! They also need to learn to think before they speak!

Name three things you absolutely can’t stand…

Hypocrites, stupid people, and normally I’d say dogs, but my fiancée is slowly converting me into a dog lover.

Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry?

Strawberry.

Complete this sentence: I wouldn’t be where I am today without…

The support of my closest friends.

Which three words best describe you?

Rock-star wannabe, hard worker and stubborn.

 

Sherif Nour El Din Nile Life & Mazzika

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’d like to own my own television station and perhaps host a major program. I want to give talented youth a chance to work and excel without limitations. Media is and always will be the real voice of the people.

What has been your proudest moment?

Having the first exclusive interview with DJ Tiesto in Egypt and hosting an AIDS Awareness concert called Dance4Life at the Pyramids, with a live feed connecting to the major cities of the world.

What has been your most embarrassing on-air moment?

My first spot on Nile Life (Nile Variety at the time) was on New Year’s Eve and I decided to share my New Year’s Resolution with everyone. I said I was hoping to find a bride; I even gave specifics on my ideal bride. It was very embarrassing in retrospect and I got a call from the station confirming that. Oops!

What do you find attractive in a woman?

Her brains and the way she carries herself at all times.

Complete this sentence: Egyptian men are…

In a bubble. They are so concerned with their own lives and they won’t go out of their way to do something unless they are passionate about it. But they define everything a real man should be and can have great potential.

Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry?

Chocolate.

Who are your heroes?

The Prophet Mohamed and Mohamed Hassanien Heikel.

Complete this sentence: I wouldn’t be where I am today without…

My mom and my friends.

Which three words best describe you…

Spontaneous, free-spirited and preoccupied.

 

Youssef Gamal El Din Nile TV

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An international reporter.

What has been your proudest moment?

Going live for the first time on 17/7/07. My heart was really pounding and it went really well!

What has been your most embarrassing on-air moment?

I once said during the morning news, “Good Morning, it’s 9 pm in Cairo!”

What do you find attractive in a woman?

She has to be athletic, adventurous, and spontaneous and she must have an eagerness to learn new things.

Complete this sentence: Egyptian women are…

Challenging!

Name three of your favourite things…

The Mercedes SL500, Zurich (I’m half Swiss) and Hugo Boss Suits.

Name three things you absolutely can’t stand…

Blue Cheese, cars I don’t fit in (I’m 1m 99cm tall!) and flip-flops.

Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry?

Vanilla.

Who are your heroes?

Most of my life it’s been my Dad, but if I say my Dad, it lessens my Mum’s role, so I’ll have to say both my parents equally!

Complete this sentence: I wouldn’t be where I am today without…

My family.

Which three words best describe you?

Perfectionist, ambitious and committed.

 

Amr Saleh Dream TV

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A media mogul.

What has been your proudest moment?

I met this man on the street and he said, “Although I’m on a Vespa, and you have a nice car, we can still have a good conversation because of what you said on your show about happiness being a right for both the rich and the poor.” Times like that really make what I do for a living worthwhile.

What has been your most embarrassing on-air moment?

A girl called in expressing her love for me and said she changed her MSN Nickname to “I Love Amr” on air! How embarrassing!

What do you find attractive in a woman?

There is a Roman theory that you can tell everything about a girl’s personality from her feet, so I assess a woman from the bottom up! I can’t overlook the importance of beauty in a woman. I value a nice voice, long hair, and piercings.

Complete this sentence: Egyptian men…

Have huge misconceptions about manhood. They think being rough and macho equates to being a ‘real’ man. Nevertheless, they are very kind with their children and extremely protective.

Name three things you absolutely can’t stand…

Being in debt, being sick and feeling left behind.

Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry?

Chocolate all the way.

Who are your heroes?

A bit of everyone; Michael Jackson, Galileo, Nietzsche, Anwar Sadat, Colin Farrell, Leonardo Dicaprio, and of course my Mum.

Complete this sentence: I wouldn’t be where I am today without…

God and persistence.

Which three words best describe you?

Unorthodox, rebellious and adventurous.