PE’s Bevin has heart set on ‘Idols’ glory

2016-08-24 06:00
Bevin Samuels from Gelvandale.

Bevin Samuels from Gelvandale. (Zeldré Strauss Swanepoel)

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“I KNEW I only had this one chance. That I couldn’t afford to return home empty-handed.”

This was what motivated young Bevin Samuels (19) from Gelvandale, who is the Eastern’s Cape latest hope to finally bring the Idols crown to the province. He is currently in the Idols Top 37.

The song he sang at the Idols audition was “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, featuring Bruno Mars - a song which he chose at the last minute. “I had rehearsed other songs, but when I got to the audition I decided to go with ‘Billionaire’ because I thought it would suit me better, being young and wanting to be successful.”

The change in song choice paid off, with all four judges giving him the nod to go through to the next round.

“Calling my mom, Benita January, with the news that I had received the Golden Ticket was even better than when I received my matric results last year,” said Bevin.

He has been singing from a young age but only started taking it seriously in high school. In Grade 9 he and two other learners started a boy band, whereafter he was recruited by a group called The Gentlemen, of which he was the lead singer. Shortly after that he went solo, and that was when his good friend and former Idols contestant, Alton Zackay, encouraged him to enter the competition.

“We talked about it for a while and he asked why don’t I try out for Idols, but I wanted to finish school first.”

This former Chapman High School learner finally decided to take the plunge this year and audition for Idols after thinking about it for two years. The journey hasn’t been easy - after a lone bus trip to Cape Town he nearly missed his audition because the train to the venue was delayed.

“It motivated me even more to give my all when I sang. Then the judges gave me positive feedback, which was really great.”

He knew that the notorious Theatre Week round that followed would be tough, but nothing could have prepared him for how brutal the group rounds were. “It was very difficult. Two of my group members didn’t make it through. It was disappointing because we practised until 4am and I stayed up until 6am, making sure I would remember the words to the song. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I was hoping that at least one of us would make it through.”

He added that behind the scenes everyone was very emotional, and most of them had lost their voices due to stress.

Bevin will be in the line-up at a concert this weekend which will feature artists such as Alton Zackay, Enrico Damons, Junant, Stone Sisters and Peace Finders.

The show takes place at the Gelvandale Community Hall on Friday, August 26, at 7pm. Tickets are R50 for adults, R20 for children aged 5-13 and free for children under 5. For tickets and more info call Zaakira Allen on 076 531 6269.

  • To see if Bevin makes it to the Idols Top 16, tune into Mzansi Magic (Dstv channel 161) this Sunday at 5:30pm.

Watch Bevin's first audition in Cape Town here:

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