Tal­ent on show

Lo­cal win­ner will be on SABC2

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - TK MTIKI

THERE was an at­mos­phere of ex­cite­ment at Titi Jonas Hall over three days last week as hun­dreds of lo­cals au­di­tioned for SABC2’s tal­ent con­test, with a chance to win a R10000 prize and be fea­tured on TV. Showville

After reg­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day, pre-au­di­tions be­gan. Hun­dreds were whit­tled down to 50 demon­strat­ing their var­i­ous tal­ents, mostly singing, but there were also some po­ets.

The num­ber was cut to four best fi­nal­ists se­lected by SABC2 pro­fes­sional judges Lor­cia Cooper and Morena Se­fatsa.

On Fri­day, fi­nal­ists were given a chance to be coached by these judges.

Power to se­lect the win­ner was given to the au­di­ence as each per­son in the house voted for their pre­ferred can­di­date.

In in the end it was Sheeba Nolu­voyo Gola from Ndlovini who stole the show with her beau­ti­ful singing.

She walked away with R10 000 cash and a tro­phy.

Speak­ing to Talk of the Town after the show, she said it was a great feel­ing to have won.

“I am very ex­cited, yho!,” she said. “Thanks to every­one who voted for me.”

When asked if she had enough time to re­hearse and pre­pare for the show, she said “no” as she had not even in­tended to par­tic­i­pate in it.

Gola was over­whelmed with joy and was speech­less, strug­gling to ar­tic­u­late her­self. Her friend Non­ceba Bula had to in­ter­vene on her be­half.

Bula ex­plained why Gola did not want to par­tic­i­pate in the au­di­tions.

“First of all she did not want to par­tic­i­pate be­cause she had been in au­di­tions twice but did not win. Last year she was in Jo­han­nes­burg per­form­ing in

Idols and early this year she was in Port El­iz­a­beth, but nei­ther out­come worked in her favour. I think she was be­gin­ning to lose con­fi­dence.

“When we ar­rived here I asked her to reg­is­ter and she re­fused. So I said: ‘Look if you don’t reg­is­ter our friend­ship ends today’,” Bula re­called.

That made Gola par­tic­i­pate un­will­ingly, even though she gave her all in the process. Her pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on stage and un­der­stand­ing the au­di­ence seems to have played a vi­tal role in win­ning the show. When she started her song she got the au­di­ence on its feet.

In the mid­dle of her per­for­mance the au­di­ence seemed sub­dued. But to­wards the end of the song the en­tire au­di­ence was on its feet again, which might have sent a strong mes­sage to her com­peti­tors.

Aside from the cash prize, the win­ner and other three fi­nal­ists will also re­ceive ex­po­sure on SABC2, so they will be seen around the coun­try.

It is also an op­por­tu­nity for our lo­cal tal­ent to be no­ticed by mu­sic pro­mot­ers and may lead to op­por­tu­ni­ties in their fu­ture.

There is no date sched­uled yet for the broad­cast, but watch SABC2 for de­tails.

I am very ex­cited, yho! Thanks to every­one who voted for me

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

TOP CAN­DI­DATE: Sheeba Nolu­vuyo Gola walked away as the win­ner when SABC2’s ‘Showville’ held au­di­tions at Titi Jonas Hall from last Thurs­day to Satur­day. She won R10000 and the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pear on TV

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