My hopes not dashed, says Idols contestant
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.
DETERMINED: Boitumelo Magagula, in a striped top, got an early place in the queue but she didn’t make the audition in Pretoria.