‘Idols’ hopeful wows judges, wants to make KZN proud

2015-02-26 00:00

FOR Sizwe Mthalane this year’s Idols search was so much more.

It is the opportunity the orphan has been waiting for to change his life.

The promising songster was one of 16 golden ticket recipients who will make their way to Johannesburg for the next round of the competition.

“I grew up in God’s Golden Acre children’s home in Cato Ridge and from an early age I knew I wanted to sing,” he said.

The 20-year-old joined the orphanage choir and has since travelled the world, performing in various countries.

“We went to England, Holland, ­Germany and Norway among other countries.”

Sporting his entry number 10111 — the same as the South African emergency services number, Mthalane believes this has brought him luck.

Brimming with confidence, he said he “definitely has what it takes” to make KwaZulu-Natal proud and fill the shoes of last year’s winner, Pietermaritzburg’s Vincent Bones.

If he should win, Mthalane said he wanted to use the money to build his own home and support his older sister and younger brother.

For those less lucky, singing original pieces (which judges Randall Abrahams, Gareth Cliff, Unathi Msengana and new judge Somizi Mhlongo warned was a bad idea) was the order of the day.

From hyped, rockstar-styled maskandi pieces to songs about puberty and everything in-between, Durban entrants showed the judges that talent isn’t a requirement to entertain.

Some 1 436 hopefuls turned-up at Durban’s Playhouse for the city’s record attendance at this year’s edition of Idols, at the weekend and yesterday.

Durban fared well against other cities, Cape Town producing 18 golden tickets and Pretoria 19.

“With the huge turn-out and record attendance, we can definitely see that Durban has a lot of talent,” said Lani Lombard, Idols head of publicity.

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