Idols SA judges called them dynamic, some gave them hope and some gave them a “wow” moment. The Idols SA season 12 auditions in Pretoria certainly delivered a mixed bag of talent for the judges.
At the end of a long day, 21 Golden Tickets were issued at the State Theatre. This is a mere two tickets more than Durban, proving the regions are going neck-and-neck in the race to outdo each other.
“The talent in Pretoria was amazing! Dynamic, some great, some not-so-great, so we’re excited because we got a lot of entertainers. It’s going to be a great show,” said enthused judge, Unathi Msengana.
The day got off on a high note when four of the first five contestants to stand in front of the judges were issued with Golden Tickets in rapid fire pace. 21 year-old Ongezwa Matshoba could hardly contain her excitement at being the first person to receive the precious ticket. “I’m so happy I took a chance by leaving my hometown of Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape to come here. Gareth was completely overwhelmed by my voice,” said the former office administrator, who sang Christina Aguilera’s Hurt.
Close in her heels was Rustenburg bank consultant Chantal Masemola, 22. “I knew I was taking a big risk when I resigned from my job to concentrate on music. But now I’m here, which shows that the risk was worth it.”
Someone who was not so enthusiastic was Sipho Hlanguza, whose victory was dampened by his bandmate not making the cut. “We are best friends so this is bittersweet. But this will motivate me to work even harder in the next round because I’ll be doing it for both of us now,” said the 22 year-old from Sharpville.
Judge Somizi Mhlongo was full of praise for the Capital City’s talent. “Pretoria gives me hope that we are going to have a girl in the finals. I have about four girls that I can see will give the boys a run for their money.”
The 21 Golden Ticket holders will join Durban’s 19 during the intense Theatre Week. But before then, there are two more regional rounds in the auditions tour. Up next is the Johannesburg phase at Carnival City on 28 February before the last leg of auditions concludes in Cape Town at Grand West Entertainment World on 5 March.
Entry is free and open to all South African citizens who are between 16 and 30 years old on the date of their first audition. Bring your ID document to the audition, and minors have to have written consent signed by a parent or guardian.
All the Idols SA XII audition details can also be found on the official Idols SA website at www.idolssa.tv / www.mzansimagic.tv