On the road to fame

2010-10-22 14:59

The judges saw thousands of hopefuls during the ­regional auditions of SA’s Got Talent and narrowed the field to 21 of the best acts.

Of the 21 finalists announced on Thursday, three are from KwaZulu-Natal.

The contestants have only a few days to prepare themselves before next week’s four-day bonanza of nightly performances and ­eliminations.

Each night from Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm on SABC2, seven acts will perform live.

The public will vote for two winners each night, who will perform in the final on Thursday for the R250?000 grand prize.

One of the hopefuls is Ixopo ­Primary School learner, nine-year-old Lindokuhle Dlamini. He will be enthralling the audience with his Michael Jackson-style dance moves.

“I used to watch Michael Jackson DVDs when I was four years old, and started dancing like him, ­especially the Beat It song.”

The precocious boy says he entered the reality TV series because he is “talented and wants to be ­famous”.

“I like to entertain my friends at school and now they are happy and excited for me to be on the show,” he says.

His mother, Sibongile Dlamini, says the whole family will be going to Johannesburg to support him.

“Fortunately, he’s an academically gifted child. Since I’m a teacher, I also make sure that he doesn’t miss his school work,” she says.

Another family that will be in Joburg are the Ntulis, who will contest the acrobatics act, Peace All The Time.

The father, Boltha Ntuli (43), started doing acrobatics at the age of eight. As he grew up, he did street-side performances all over the country.

The Durban-based resident has no professional training, but says he is passionate about this art form that has given him the opportunity to perform at ­Macufe and the Cape Town ­International Jazz Festival.

He has trained his two daughters, Busisiwe (9) and Mbali (10). His neighbour’s son, Kwethemba Ntuli (no relation) forms part of the act.

He believes their talent can earn them a better life and good opportunities.

“We entered this competition because I realised I wanted to get some recognition while I’m still alive. Also, this type of talent is unique,” he says.

You can catch these local stars to see if the province can produce another talent like Season 1’s winner, Darren Rajbal, when the show airs tomorrow on SABC2.

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