I’m ready for my close-up …

Over 12,000 South Africans apply for makeover 'Story'

JOHANNESBURG — Many South Africans are clearly not happy with the way they look, judging by the thousands of entries of all sexes, colors and ages for paybox M-Net’s makeover reality TV show.

Just over 12,000 people wrote in pleading to be nipped, tucked, sucked and lifted for “Star Maker Story,” a reality show that blends “Extreme Makeover” with a star search.

Doctors, specialists and television personalities sifted through the thousands of entries to select 50 finalists, from which the final 10 competitors will be chosen by public vote.

These 10 will be housed in Johannesburg while they undergo their makeovers under the ever-present eye of the reality TV camera.

One man and one woman will then be selected for the promised ultimate prize of “instant stardom” — the opportunity to show off their new looks in roles on M-Net’s daily soap, “Egoli.”

The 50 finalists range in age from 21 to 53, including a 43-year-old man who is “tired of hearing people say I look like Mr. Bean,” a man with a cleft palate, an unemployed 53-year-old woman with seven children who wants a “whole new me” and a 21-year-old woman who dreams of being “super sexy.”

“Star Maker Story” — produced by Franz Marx Films for M-Net — will be broadcast from May 13 in 12 weekly episodes.