An image of contestant Sgherdeed Ross

Idols SA took a new turn of ludicrous as characters came out to play at Carnival City where than 1 600 people defied gloomy weather to come take a shot at musical fame. 

Somizi Mhlongo debuted a new hairstyle which came in handy during his faux sangoma impersonation, Gareth Cliff rediscovered a favourite toy and a twitchy finger, Randall Abrahams went “poof” and Unathi Msengana … well, Unathi cried. 

Watch as Karabo emerges from under a rock, straight into an Idols SA audition. Somizi couldn't believe it.

The contestant that couldn't be ignored was Amos, a repeat offender who was rejected in Pretoria when he auditioned with a confusing rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. Obviously believing that the judges must have been suffering from hearing loss that time, Amos came back at Carnival City to “bless” the four with his remarkable voice. 

See how his second audition went:


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A sad ending to his fantasy indeed, but his was not the only “happily never after”. And with each rejection came the blame game. Some excuses were comical, others downright outlandish, and all of them defied logic. 

It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. Take 16-year-old Celine Nato from Edenvale. She received the first Golden Ticket of the day when she serenaded the judges singing Confetti by Tori Amos.

Siyakha Tshayela, 22, from Vosloorus also received four nods, with Somizi comparing her to the late Lulu Dikana and Randall calling her “refreshing”. 

And there was Terra Cox, who reduced Unathi to tears when he belted out Gladys Knight’s Neither One of Us. The 28-year-old from Eden Park dedicated the song to his late mother.
Still, not everyone had it easy and bets were wagered for the release of the Golden Ticket.

Sgherdeed Ross has Somizi to thank for hers. 

Watch the video to see why: 

Idols SA Season 12 is on Mzansi Magic (161) on Sundays at 17:30.

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