'Idols' season six: Wannabe singers sleep rough to be first in line for Durban auditions

2010-04-19 00:00

HUNDREDS of wannabe singers came from far and wide to audition for the sixth season of the reality talent show Idols in Durban at the weekend.

Aspiring singers camped outside the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Friday night to secure a place in the queue.

Clutching cups of coffee and huddled under blankets, the hopefuls waited patiently for the auditions to start.

This year presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen will be joined by rapper ProVerb, who also participated in Survivor South Africa.

While many entrants were determined to become South Africa’s next singing sensation, others auditioned just for laughs.

Pietermaritzburg best friends John Wood and Byron de Lange also tried their luck at the auditions.

Wood, who hails from Scottsville, said that he attended the audition to support his friend, who is the more serious singer.

“I haven’t even decided which song I’m going to sing. I’m sure I will think of something. It’s all good fun, though,” he said.

It’s the second time De Lange is trying out for the audition.

“This time I’m more prepared. Last year’s was a complete disaster.

“I’m praying that I do well today,” he said.

For his audition song, De Lange chose Time of my Life, sung by the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, David Cook.

Samantha Naidoo slept in her car so she could be one of the first singers at the audition.

“I just had to be here. Singing is my passion so I decided to spend the night so I could be early. I didn’t want anything to mess up the audition,” she said.

Naidoo, who has been singing since she was five, said she was a little nervous, but had a plan to impress the judges.

The singers who make the top 100 will be named today.

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