Golden tick­ets in ‘Idols SA’ au­di­tions

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TANYA PETERSEN

IN THE hopes of re­ceiv­ing a golden ticket, Cape Town hope­fuls faced their fears by singing for the panel of Idols SA judges last week.

The recorded au­di­tions, which took place on Wed­nes­day at the Cen­tury City Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, saw scores of hope­fuls brave it in front of the judges Ran­dall Abra­hams, Somizi Mh­longo, Unathi Msen­gana and guest judge DJ Cleo.

Somizi and Unathi were very hands on and of­ten got up from their seats to in­ter­act with the con­tes­tants.

Although there were many “it’s a no from me” from the judges, there were those who im­pressed them enough to re­ceive a golden ticket.

One hope­ful, Miche Beneke, 19, from Macas­sar, se­cured a golden ticket.

This, she said, was not the first time she had auditioned, but it was the first time she had im­pressed the judges.

“They asked me what my name is and where I am from.”

Her song choice, she said, was Leona Lewis’s Here I Am.

She said Ran­dall was not im­pressed with her au­di­tion and gave her a “no”.

How­ever, Unathi told her her lower reg­is­ter was good and DJ Cleo, told her she will make it far in the in­dus­try. She re­ceived three “yes” votes.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, I was in to­tal dis­be­lief,” Beneke said.

She said she re­ceived im­mense sup­port from her fam­ily and friends.

“My aim is to make it in this in­dus­try and I am most ex­cited about meet­ing new peo­ple and learn­ing new things,” she said.

The show is set to screen in July.

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