TV: Idols fever hits durban as hopefuls audition for this year’s show

2009-01-06 00:00

IDOLS fever has hit Durban, with hundreds of wannabe singers hoping that the reality show will be their ticket to fame and fortune.

Aspirant singers even camped outside the Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Monday night to secure a place in the queue for yesterday’s auditions.

Huddled under blankets, Idols hopefuls sang and danced while they waited at the early morning auditions for the country’s next singing sensation.

While some wanted to showcase their vocal cords, others dressed to impress with wacky costumes and weird hairstyles.

For the first time in Idols history, singers can also audition with musical instruments. Guitars of every colour and size proved extremely popular at the auditions.

Idols presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen said Durban has “phenomenal and talented singers”.

“It’s great being here with them. The vibe has been awesome so far,” she said.

Van Der Westhuizen said she was very excited about presenting the show. She takes over from former presenter Colin Moss.

“I love being part of the Idols experience. The people are great and we are having lots of fun.

There are lots of interesting people in Durban, which is great,” she said.

Charmaine Jordaan of Durban said that even though it was her first time at an Idols audition, she was not nervous and planned to sing her heart out for the judges.

“I have always wanted to be a singer. So I’m going to do my best to impress the judges. I just hope that they are not a nasty bunch,” she said.

Jordaan said she would sing Karen Zoid’s Small Room.

Her brother, Gert, also hopes to secure a position in the top 10.

“Having my sister with me helps with the nerves. I want to be a singer so badly,” he said.

Dr K from Merebank said that he wants to use the Idols audition to prove that he is a real musician.

“I won’t be upset if I don’t get called back. I’m just here for the fun and I’m hoping to make new friends,” he said.

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