KZN singers a hit with ‘Idols’

2010-04-24 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL used to be the underdog of South African Idols — but no longer. Last year Jason Hartman, a former Howick High School pupil, rocked his way all the way to the title.

Other singers from the province who have done well include Pixie Bennett, Lizé and Lendel. The Idols auditions in Durban last week confirmed that the talent pool in the region is far from exhausted.

Celebrity guest judge Steve Hofmeyr and his colleagues, Randall Abrahams, Gareth Cliff and Mara Louw, handed out 21 golden tickets to potential Idols superstars.

“I was surprised at the level of talent here, and by what a gruelling process it is on the contestants,” Hofmeyr said.

“I would never have been able to do this at that age. I would probably have sung some random Neil Diamond song and Randall would have eviscerated me!

“Through the years you learn what your limitations are as a singer and you stick to the things you’re good at, I think. And that’s probably good advice to potential Idols as well.”

Cliff, a 5FM deejay, said this is the first time he has been really impressed by singers from KwaZulu-Natal. He said he believes there was a marked contrast between very good singers and the very bad ones.

Abrahams agreed: “Obviously I didn’t put nearly as many contestants through as my over-lenient colleagues. But these were the best Durban auditions by far.”

KwaZulu-Natal’s 21 golden ticket holders will join the 27 contestants already chosen from the Cape Town auditions and the finalists from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, at Sun City next month for the nail-biting theatre­ week.

Prizes for the winner include a new Ford Figo, R500 000, courtesy of Ford SA and M-Net, and a recording contract with Sony Music.

For more information, go to www.mnet.co.za/idols or the Idols 6 fan page on Facebook. Idols 6 will be screened on M-Net from July.   

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