SA's talent: Singing policewoman wows the judges

2010-10-28 00:00

CAPE Town’s singing policewoman, Madalene Abrahams, won the hearts of South African viewers and a coveted spot in the final of SA’s Got Talent on SABC2.

The 32-year-old from Strand, who joined the police service five years ago, has had no professional singing lessons, but floored the judges at both her audition and again won praise for her performance — despite a slight microphone problem at the start of her number — during last night’s show.

With the fifth final spot secured, it was a straight fight between pop and lock/freestyle dancer, Ty-Ty, and pantsula dancers, Tembisa Revolution, for the last spot in tonight’s grand finale.

Fifteen-year-old Ty-Ty (aka Tyler o’ Neil Bradford), from Riverlea in Johannesburg, who was inspired to dance after watching Michael Jackson’s You Rock My World video at the age of seven, won the support of judge Randall Abrahams, who said that he “made something very difficult look easy”.

Unfortunately for the teenager, both Shadow Twala and Ian Von Memerty threw their support behind Tembisa Revolution.

It’s the second time that Moses Moeng, Sandile Magagu, Thapelo Mabena, Abel Vilakazi, Mzwandile Mzima, Bongani Tshabalala, whose ages range from 22 to 24 years old, have tried out for SA’s Got Talent.

They went through to the second round of auditions last year, but thanks to their innovative combination of pantsula, brooms and tap dancing, using shoes with tin can bases stuck to the soles, they have the chance to win the title.

Commenting on their performance, Von Memerty said the six dancers had definitely stepped it up for the semi-final and brought their personalities to the stage.

Madalene Abrahams and Tembisa Revolution will compete against Durban acrobats, Peace All The Time; singer James Bhemgee; Limited Edition Drum Corps; and singer, Niyaaz Arendse, for the chance of winning the R250 000 prize tonight.

The final will be broadcast from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm on SABC2.

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