Cape Town - Cape Town has taken the lead so far in the historic tenth season of Idols SA, with 24 Golden Tickets handed out at his week's auditions at the GrandWest Casino & Entertainment Centre.
16 Golden Tickets were awarded at the Durban auditions last month and at the Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World on Gauteng’s East Rand early in February the tally was 18.
"This was our best judging day of the season so far!" Idols judge Unathi Msengana remarked happily after. "We had a lot of fun and we might even have found the winner here, who knows," she said.
"Cape Town has had a few 'off' years in the past but I think they’re back with bang," Gareth Cliff agreed. "We found quite a few contestants who can not only sing but also have something interesting to say for themselves."
Even Randall Abrahams was cautiously optimistic about Cape Town’s chances in this year’s competition. "There are enough of them who are sufficiently different to make it interesting," he noted.
An international runway model certainly qualifies as "interesting". 21-year-old Sydney Bailey from Zeekoevlei spent the past four years strutting the catwalks of New York, Paris and London, "but I didn’t enjoy it," she confided in the Idols SA judges on Saturday. "They made me feel fat and short and ugly. The runway standard in New York is very, very skinny."
Also included in this year’s crop of aspiring superstars is the beautiful Demi Lee, 24, from Durbanville, who actual real name is Demi Moore, as well as sexy soccer star Lyle Tyrell, 21, from Strandfontein, who is trying again after he fell out in the first round at Theatre Week last year.
Singers, between the ages of 16 and 30, who dream of a life in the limelight, have one more chance to enter Idols SA. The final auditions for Idols X are taking place at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Saturday, 22 March. Those younger than 18 have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all contestants will be asked to present their ID documents at the registration, which will take place on the day of auditioning. Musical instruments will again be allowed in the audition room.
Once again, Idols is a co-production between the two pay-television channels M-Net and Mzansi Magic, which will simulcast all the episodes starting this July.
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