The Cape has once again proven that we’ve really got talent.
On Sunday, the e.tv show SA’s Got Talent unveiled its top 21 finalists and almost half of the performers are from the Kaap.
Ten of the 21 semifinalists are from the Western Cape and there aren’t just singers, there’s a Michael Jackson impersonator, a yo-yo master, kwaai dancers and even a lip-synching drag diva.
Two Cape contestants – singer Derek Plaatjies from Saron (now living in Muizenberg) and dancing duo Michelle & Oleksii from Claremont – both got the Golden Buzzer, meaning they are through to the semi-finals.
These two acts will now have to haal uit en wys to get the public vote.
Joining them is yo-yo queen Corli Du Toit, 31, from Mowbray, who says the toys she uses are “modern and not the 90s yo-yo’s”.
Just in case you’re wondering why you could never spin your yo-yo quite like that.
Meanwhile, drag queen Manila von Teeze has the unwavering support of the LGBTI community, with many of her friends and fans raving about her audition on Facebook.
On Sunday night, she performed Fleur East’s Sax and got a standing ovation, surprising everyone when her ruffled brown “dress” morphed into two dancers.
Roelof Burger later posted: “Wow, Manila von Teez was Manila On Fire. Well done, jou prag man.”
Michael Jackson lookalike Eagan Feb, 21, from Macassar, is sure to dazzle with more moon walking after his kwaai rendition of Billie Jean.
And vocalists Nassi, 18, from Khayelitsha and Phoenix, 45, from Manenberg have a lot to prove at the semis starting this week.
Dancers The Professionals from Langa and Two O Bodix from Worcester will have to come up with some fancy footwork if they want to proceed.
Magician Mawonga Gayiya, 24, from Mandela Park will be hoping to really impress judge Jamie Bartlett who wasn’t blown away by his card tricks at the audition.
The Hlanganani Marimba Band from Langa will also have to make the right noises to make a significant impact.
The voting starts on Sunday shortly after 6pm and viewers will be given each finalist’s code to cast their votes.