Former Idols hopeful wows the crowd with debut album

2011-03-12 14:42

As far as dodgy bars go, Tanz Cafe in ­Fourways is the epitome.

VIPs and other ­random people had to deal with bad lighting, no air conditioning, flying sweat and the odour of vomit wafting through the air at the launch of The Graeme Watkins Project’s debut album, Corridors of the Mind.

But then again, Tanz Cafe is next door to Hooters.

If you’re wondering why the name Graeme Watkins sounds familiar, it’s because he came third in the 2009 edition of South ­African Idols.

Sasha-Lee Davids and Jason Hartman were crowned joint winners.

It was good to see the camaraderie and support former Idols contestants gave to Watkins.

Bongi Mthombeni, Adeline Mocke, Cameron Bruce – who is now old enough to drink – and Pixie Bennett all came to the launch.

Even the original Idol, Heinz Winckler, made an appearance, sporting flip-flops.

All Access’s Jason Greer hung out and downed a few cold ones.

5FM’s Catherine Grenfell as well as Survivor Maldives contestant Roxy Burger were also in tow.

As for the performance, Watkins displayed a level of maturity that was absent two years ago.

His track Music Affair is currently being played on various radio stations across the country.

The performance was charismatic, energetic and fresh. He bounced around on the stage and jokingly blamed his energy on his ADHD.

The setting may have been dodgy, but the rock star performance was on point and really got the crowd going. 

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