Scene City: What SA’s talent looks like

2012-10-13 10:18

Audience gets a real treat during reality show’s semifinals in Braamfontein

In her bare feet, orange prison-style overalls and braids, little Botlhale Boikanyo does not exactly scream “star quality”.

But the 11-year-old girl from North West came out as the lead contender during the semifinals of SA’s Got Talent with her rousing recitation of a poem about former president Nelson Mandela.

Judge Shado Twala was in tears, saying: “You make us so proud, you are what this show is about. Every time you perform, I know there is hope for young people in this country.”
While the event was not exactly a star-studded affair like Idols, it was good to see the support the contestants enjoy.

An audience member who was just there to watch Botlhale’s performance said: “She’s extraordinary, she’s like a little missile waiting to blow.”

However, South Africa will not be having a Susan Boyle-type of singer as contestant Melanie Adams did not make the finals.

Her performance and song choice were church influenced, which didn’t really grab the audience.

A performance that was mesmerising was that of a group of friends called Iziqhaza from KwaZulu-Natal.

Their song about ending war had the audience applauding wildly.

A surprise finalist act was the dog Fynn and handler Xandre, about which someone commented cynically: “Dogs are now a talent for listening to us as they should.”

A surprise performance by judge Kabelo Mabalane and George Avakian, a season 1 finalist, had everyone on their feet dancing.

The finals will take place on Tuesday at 8.30pm on

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