Pressure is on for pick of KZN ‘Popstars’

2010-08-24 00:00

AN estimated 1 000 people, some of whom camped overnight, headed to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga on Saturday for the chance to impress the judges of the e.tv reality series, Popstars.

Speaking to the Witness following the auditions, judge PJ Powers, said: “We have seen individuals with weak vocal capabilities and those with real musical talent and passion. There’s been fierce competition throughout the day. The talent is impeccable, so the pressure is certainly on.”

South African singing legend Powers is one of three judges on the show. The other two are musician and TV presenter Zwai Bala and radio host Azania Ndoro.

And it’s clear that their styles of dealing with the wannabes are very different — Powers, who has 31 years’ experience in the music industry, plays a mentoring role with the contestants, often guiding them when nerves take over; Bala is witty and able to put the contestants at their ease; and Ndoro is able to find the balance between being brutally honest and dangerously negative.

The Durban auditions attracted people from across KwaZulu-Natal, all of whom are vying to be part of the Popstars band. The lucky contestants from KZN, chosen by the judges to go through to the next round, will join finalists from the other regions in South Africa at a secret location for a national workshop week.

The aim of the workshop week is to allow the finalists to interact with the Popstars choreographer and vocal coaches and to see if they can handle the pressure that comes with having to perform under such strenuous conditions. If they can’t handle it, they are sent home.

To see the KZN singers who went on to the workshop round, watch Popstars on Saturday, September 4.

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