Who are they?

Johannesburg - Sparks are already flying over the four nominated judges for Idols, the South African talent search series set to find the country's best pop singer.

The four include Marcus Brewster, Dave Thompson, Randall Abrahams and Penny Lebyane. "Who are they?" hardy singer Anton Goosen wanted to know, on behalf of many more, also artists who are quite well-informed over who's who in the world of music.

"Don't know any of them ... not a clue," Goosen said.

Bells, however, do ring with a few.

"Oh Abrahams ... the snappy dresser," said Deon Maas Gallo World Vision chief manager.

And Penny really surprised him: "She's a full-time party girl."

"Brewster is that flashy guy," said a Cape music critic. Lydia Winchester, marketing manager and promoter of several South African artists, threw in a good word for Thompson: "He's a good choice, he's got an eye for talent."

Maas affirmed that Thompson was one of the big and respected names in the music industry. "Not only does he own a music company, but he is also familiar with most kinds of music and his judgment is sound."

Winchester said Thompson is also knowledgeable over the international music scene. Maas believes Abrahams is an excellent choice.

"He has detailed knowledge of music over a broad front - from black to Afrikaans music.

"Abrahams is also very conscious of his looks, he's a very snappy dresser."

The name Marcus Brewster, however, had Maas thinking for a few minutes.

"Yes ... he does have a musical background. Enough. But if you are talking image, then this guy is the expert. He is more than adept at spotting and building images.

"But I suppose they have to include a bitch de luxe with a very sharp tongue. I believe he is likely to be entertaining. Brewster has a high opinion of himself and is very arrogant. The sparks are likely to fly."

Brewster's musical knowledge was also questioned by Winchester. "I know he was involved in the music industry years ago, but he?s actually more of a brilliant publicity person."

A Cape critic was very forthright over Brewster: "On that flashy guy. I doubt he has any musical knowledge."

Maas was speechless over the choice of Penny Lebyane. "She is a full-time party girl with no training that I'm aware of, qualifying her as a judge.

"She's one of those people who's famous for being famous. She has presented music programmes once or twice. But really, I cannot imagine capable of deciding who South Africa's biggest pop star should be."

Arnold Coleske, the youngest Coleske brother said, "Dave is OK, but who are the other people? For the British series they used producers who have made a name for themselves. Why did the Idols producers not consider experienced people like Kreesan Pillay and Mauritz Lotz?"

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