My hopes not dashed, says Idols con­tes­tant

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - RAPULA MOATSHE

EX­CITE­MENT was in the air at the State The­atre in Pre­to­ria on Satur­day when droves of young peo­ple turned up to au­di­tion for Idols SA Sea­son 13.

Boi­tumelo Ma­gag­ula, 21, from Mamelodi, was the first con­tes­tant to be au­di­tioned, and she belted out Adele’s When We Were Young.

She didn’t make the cut to the next round, but she never de­spaired. “I am de­ter­mined to travel to Car­ni­val City next week­end to take part in the Joburg au­di­tions,” she said.

Con­tes­tants started queu­ing to au­di­tion from as early as Fri­day night. Ma­gag­ula’s mom was the first to queue on Fri­day at 8pm on be­half of her daugh­ter.

“I only came through at 4am on Satur­day to take my place,” the flam­boy­ant Ma­gag­ula said.

Although the com­pe­ti­tion was very tough, she said she wasn’t go­ing to give up un­til she had re­alised her dreams.

“You need to have a thick skin in this in­dus­try,” she said.

Idols host Proverb re­ceived a warm wel­come from an en­er­getic crowd out­side the venue.

“The Pre­to­ria crowds keep out­do­ing them­selves. From the colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties, amaz­ing tal­ent and ever-grow­ing turnout, Idols au­di­tions in Pre­to­ria con­tinue to draw some of the best con­tes­tants the coun­try has to of­fer,” said Nondumiso Mabece, the spokesper­son for M-Net.

Si­mon “Ginger” Nkosi, 23, from Diep­kloof, came through for the sec­ond time on Idols SA.

In his first au­di­tion, he made it past the group stages at The­atre Week, but bombed out when he for­got his lyrics dur­ing a solo per­for­mance.

Nkosi said: “I be­lieve sleep de­pri­va­tion and the pres­sure got to me, but I am back now with re­newed en­ergy.”

Pi­anist Ash­ley Septem­ber, 23, and her brother Bran­don, 27, orig­i­nally from Cape Town, au­di­tioned four years ago but didn’t make it. They hoped their song choices will see them get through this sea­son.

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DE­TER­MINED: Boi­tumelo Ma­gag­ula, in a striped top, got an early place in the queue but she didn’t make the au­di­tion in Pre­to­ria.

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