Those who dare to dream big often reach for the moon and fall amongst the stars. These are the kinds of people who audition for Idols. And, even for those whose dreams are beyond their reach, how would they ever know if they never tried in the first place?
This is what Idols is all about. This is where dreams come true. At least for some. For others, a quick pep talk from Randall is all thatrsquo;s needed to unleash the nerves.
This certainly seemed to be the case for Sinelizwi, Donovan and Ashwin, our first three hopefuls. After three very nervous starts, Gareth felt the need to have a talk of his own with the contestants saying, ldquo;Irsquo;m absolutely sure there is somebody in here who is going to blow us away today, so let it be you.rdquo;
Enter a confident 20-year-old Emma Ellis singing Riptide by Vance Joy. Despite Randall taking credit for Emmarsquo;s performance thanks to his motivational talk, the other judges all loved her rendition, earning her four yesses and the first Golden Ticket of the day.
Equally confident was Ruan Grobbelaar, singing Home by Phillip Phillips, who also garnered a yes from all four judges, even if Somizi was grateful that they had budget for a stylist.
Cecil Driver and Ethan Jacobs both had great potential individually as Wooden Mic contenders. But the judges had something else in mind; a duet to end all duets. Cecil and Ethan in the same room would prove an inspired move. Itrsquo;s just a pity therersquo;s no Wooden Mic for duets or these two would be the obvious choice.
With the judges in a good mood, a string of Golden Tickets was to follow. That was until 25-year old Freeman Phakade made the cardinal sin of not learning the lyrics to his audition song, butchering the opening line to Maroon 5rsquo;s Sunday Morning. And he wasnrsquo;t the only one with a succession of candidates stumbling over their lyrics with little to no sympathy from the judges.
The mood in the audition room went from bad to worse as audition after audition meet with steely silence and harsh words from the judges.
Turning the tide fell to 24-year-old Thurston Charles. With a typical ldquo;wrong side of the tracksrdquo; life story, Thurston has managed to pull himself up by his bootstraps and, while his performance of Sam Smithrsquo;s Irsquo;m Not the Only One left the judges a little luke warm, they gave him the benefit of the doubt and a ticket to Sun City.
While some contestants handle criticism from the judges quite well, singing teacher Taryn Beckett is not one of them. Saying she lives to sing, unfortunately her rendition of What about the base left the judges dying to see her stop. Gareth tried to let her down easy saying, ldquo;I think you deserve some honesty. This singing thing is not the thing that is going to make you a superstar.rdquo; But Taryn was having none of it. ldquo;Irsquo;m going to be one of those people that are going to say Idols didnrsquo;t want me, I lsquo;m now the winner of X-Factor USA. Watch me.rdquo; Good luck Taryn.
Welcome back Charl! Yes, the Waterboy was back for another go in Cape Town and, while Unathi and Somizi show Charl a lot of love, the same canrsquo;t be said for Randall and Gareth. With Unathi saying she hopes Charl comes to the Durban auditions, Gareth was having none of it saying, ldquo;Then you audition him on your own.rdquo; Will we see Charl in Durban. We certainly hope so.
There are always a few hopefuls who decide their own music is better than the professionalrsquo;s. This normally ends badly for them but there is the very odd exception.
Not only did Josh Webber, a 20-year-old from Stellenbosch, sing his own composition for our Idols judges, he made it up on the spot. At Unathirsquo;s request, Josh sang a couple of verses about Idols, Randall and Unathirsquo;s shoes, thoroughly impressing the judges in the process and even inspiring Randall to give it go. Needless to say, a trip to Sun City was in Joshrsquo;s future.
Someone who had already endured to rigors of Theatre week was Tebogo Louw. Having learned the hard way that itrsquo;s best to listen to the advice of those trying to help you, Tebogo was back to give Idols another go. There was some sage advice from the judges but Randall once again summed things up when he said, ldquo;Tebogo, donrsquo;t make the same mistakes twice.rdquo;
With that, Tebogo was awarded the last Golden ticket of the day. He, along with 17 others from Cape Town, will head to Sun City to see if they have what it takes to make it through Theatre Week.
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