The singing reality show ‘Idols SA‘ season 12 auditions was on fired last Saturday, February 06, 2016 at State Theatre in Pretoria and close to 3000 wannabe music sensations attended the auditions.
There was a singing chef, musical theatre students, fashionistas, band mates and a clique of Christian worship sisters. The characters ranged from the quirky to the reflective, with a healthy dose of ridiculous thrown in.
Flamboyant fashionista and hairstylist Vuyo Bene saved money to travel to Pretoria from East London in the hopes of making it on reality TV. Calling himself Dr Mpandla, the charismatic Bene said he “kills” fashion. “That’s why I’m a doctor of fashion disaster!”
Limpopo motivational speaker Thato Mokoena came to the auditions to “prove something” to herself. The 24 year-old entrepreneur said she was auditioning for the second time. “I’m ready for this!” she declared.
Anxiety and exhaustion was etched on some of the contestants’ faces.
Nokuthula Mncube (22) from Vereeniging arrived at 7:30pm the night before the auditions and slept outside. Some camped outside the State Theatre from 4:30am, while others travelled from as far as Free State and Eastern Cape Provinces.
Auditions favourite songs included Jennifer Hudson’s One Night Only, Nathi’s Nomvula and absolutely everything by John Legend. And now we wait to see if the capital city of Mzansi is where the next Idols SA winner will emerge!
The next round of auditions will take place at Joburg’s Carnival City on 28 February before rounding off at Grand West Entertainment World in Cape Town on 5 March.