Judge charmed ‘to the core of my being’

2010-10-27 00:00

THE former street sweeper with the voice of an angel, James Bhemgee, was the winner of last night’s second semi-final for SA’s Got Talent on SABC2.

The humble 45-year-old tenor from Mitchell’s Plain captivated the nation with his rendition of Nessum Dorma.

Like Susan Boyle, who swept to international fame on the British version of the talent show, Bhemjee astounded the judges at his audition in Cape Town and continued to impress them last night.

The former street sweeper was, the story goes, overheard by a woman who loved his voice so much that she sponsored voice training lessons for him.

He now performs with a group called the Cape Flats Tenors, but is still waiting for his big break.

That might just happen if he wins the reality competition tomorrow.

He will, however, face stiff competition from Durban’s wonderful group of family acrobats, Peace All the Time, who won a place in the final after both Randall Abrahams and Ian von Memerty had voted for them.

The group, which Von Memerty said “makes me smile to the core of my being” went head to head with 10-year-old Kaliya Arumugam of Zonnebloem in Cape Town, who charmed viewers with her rendition of a song from Pochahontas.

Peace All the Time was founded by Boltha Ntuli (43) of Durban, who started doing acrobatics when he was eight, but has no formal training.

Passion has, however, led him to train his two daughters and his neighbour’s son.

Ntuli now has high hopes that their talent can give them a better life.

These two acts join Monday night’s winners, Niyaz Arendse and the Limited Edition Drum Corps in the final.

The last two places will be decided tonight when Skylight (musicians), George Arrey (vocalist), Madalene Abrahams (vocalist), Ty-Ty (pop & lock/freestyle dancer), Triple-Z (dancers), Strings & Chains (variety/musicians) and Tembisa Revolution (pantsula dancers) perform for your votes at 7.30 pm.

Tune in at 9.30 pm to find out who makes it.

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