Bone Idles talent contest at Crossways

2009-03-26 00:00

EVER sat watching M-Net’s Idols and thought, “Oh well, I could do that”? Then put your money where your mouth is and audition at Crossways Bone Idles.

In light of the current Idols-mania gripping the country, Crossways Country Pub recently launched its own talent search based on the same structure as its “big brother” — but with a few interesting changes.

“We’ve been thinking of doing it for a while as a way of promoting local musical talent. Then one day we were ‘idling’ about and thought of how we can do it with a difference,” said Bone Idles organiser, Tom Lawson.

So they decided to hold auditions for anyone between the ages of 18 and 100 and host them in front of a live audience at the pub — cameras, TV screens and all.

“The first round was great,” said Lawson. “The standard is high, and contestants come from all walks of life … Out of the 60 or so that auditioned, 31 will move on to the semi finals in four weeks’ time.”

Lawson said they intend holding auditions for the next three weeks and encouraged anybody older than 18 to come through.

But, if the exposure isn’t enough to coerce you into entering, then bear in mind that the overall winner will walk away with a R10 000 cash prize.

“The final will be in six weeks, a week before M-Net Idols ends,” he said. “First place will get R10 000, second place, a cruise for two, and third place will receive vocal training and the chance to burn a demo CD at the Tracy Stark Studio.”

And what is any Idols knock-off without a panel of judges?

Sam Hartman, father of M-Net Idols’ Jason, along with his son Scott, form the kinder half of the Bone Idles judges. Sally Hurst and Gerry van Rensburg make up the other half, and (apparently) have no reservations when it comes to telling a contestant that they should perhaps reserve their talent for the shower.

To enter, all one needs to do is show up at auditions. Entrants are allowed to use instruments and backing music.

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