Capetonians chasing fame and fortune had a last shot at Idols glory yesterday.
The final round of auditions for Season 12 het gesorg vir baie trane – some of joy, but most of disappointment.
Thousands of contestants filled the Grand Arena at GrandWest over the past three days to strut their stuff before judges Randall Abrahams, Somizi Mhlongo, Unathi Msengana and Jack Parow, who’s filling in for Gareth Cliff while he’s travelling in the US.
The four wasted no time in cutting down the unworthy wannabes.
One contestant, who came in bursting with confidence, left in tears after Randall told him: “Please don’t do this, please, I still have to sleep at night.”
For many this was their first time auditioning, but for Alicia van Wyk, 20, from Mosselbaai, it was a case of fifth time lucky.
Brandishing her Golden Ticket – which will be taking her to the next round – an excited Alicia says: “It’s going to be amazing going back home and having good news to give to them this time around.”
Bevan Samuels came all the way from Port Elizabeth to claim his Golden Ticket.
The 18-year-old’s rendition of Bruno Mars’ hit song Billionaire got him the day’s first four Yes-votes.
“This means so much to me.
“It just takes me one step closer to my dreams… and I was first time lucky,” he says giggling.
Naughty Somizi made a petite young girl feel even smaller.
Asked how long she’s been following Idols, she said only when she could because they did not have DStv.
A few seconds into her audition, Randall stopped her.
Somizi then recommended she get the DStv Compact package because she has not been exposed enough to “these type of shows” to know how to sing.
She left in tears.
Tembela Matebe, 26, who first auditioned in 2013, says he came back to prove Randall wrong.
“Last time Randall said I was like a plane that’s moving on a runway not really taking off,” Tembela says.
“I have been doing live gigs to groom myself, this time around I’m ready to kick butt.”
* Catch Idols SA in June on DStv to see all who made it through.