Hopefuls wait for possible fame

2017-03-15 06:05
The SA Idols judging panel are from the left Unathi Msengana, Gareth Cliff, Somizi Mhlongo and Randal Abrahams.

The SA Idols judging panel are from the left Unathi Msengana, Gareth Cliff, Somizi Mhlongo and Randal Abrahams.

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Scores of hopeful artists who recently auditioned in Bloemfontein and elsewhere in the country for this year’s Idols SA edition are waiting with bated breath to hear if they have made it to the top 16.

Top-seeded contestants will vie for the ultimate prize and are hoping fortune favours them.

More than 200 aspiring candidates turned up at Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein to audition for the talent search and they gave their best to impress the panel of judges.

The event marked the start of the journey to fame of the aspiring contestants.

This year was the first time that Idols SA auditions were extended to the Free State, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

The event was taken to other provinces due to widespread demand.

According to Emmah Ngomane, Mzanzi Magic publicist, only the first 200 people were auditioned in each city and those auditioned did their best to impress two vocal coaches, Timothy Moloi and Kurt Hermon. Requirement to audition is that participants must be South African citizens between 16 and 30 years of age.

Those who braved the subtle drizzle belted different music genres.

Malebogo Selaledi, a student at the University of the Free State, and Nicole Massa hope they have made the grade. They were part of the approximately 40 hopefuls who auditioned.

Ngomane said coaches were impressed with most of the auditions in the Free State, adding that some contenders did not have enough resources to travel to the bigger cities.

Those who make it to theatre week will face celebrity judges Somizi Mhlongo, Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff.

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