Before auditions kicked off, our three choirmasters suited up and headed to Link FM, Rise FM and Motheo FM to get word out. The local on-air personalities instantly caught Clash of the Choirs fever (we don’t blame them) and proceeded to give impromptu auditions live, on the airwaves.
As soon as their media runs were put to bed, our choirmasters set to work and proceeded with the business of scouring their provinces for fresh talent.
It was tough from the start for JR, who had to wince through a couple of not-so-great auditions from Mpumalanga hopefuls.
Mpumalanga is definitely giving JR a hard time ? #mzansicotc— Je suis TeAmo (@ForeverTeam0) January 17, 2016
JR just wants to die ? #MzansiCOTC— Black Stallion (@KaraboMaseko_) January 17, 2016
The Eastern Cape however, proved to be good to songbird Bucie. Metropolitan Fast Forward Cards were handed out to Chuma’s choir, following their impressive rendition of “Uyinkosi Yamakhosi” – and in seconds, their audition date with Bucie was set.
Bucie has talent to work with❤ #MzansiCOTC— Thandeka Sithole (@MsThandeka_S) January 17, 2016
Debbie’s gospel number saved the day and almost drove Mpumalanga choirmaster JR to tears. It would seem this is exactly the shot up the arm the province needed to get out of its funk. Barberton proved to be a bed of jewels just waiting to be mined and so did Nelspruit. The Free State also proved to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride for S’fiso, who experienced his fair share of disappointment and ultimately, victory.
Sifiso doesn't play yazi...the way he swiftly moved on from that girl who froze. yhu! Lol #MzansiCOTC— Snethemba (@sne_sotobe) January 17, 2016
When audition day came, Sipho knocked it out the park and earned himself a Blue Ticket, that guarantees him a spot in the final choir that will represent the Eastern Cape. An equally impressive Sisipho got a stern talking-to for almost ruining Bucie’s make up, while Refiloe’s Free State audition also earned her a Blue Ticket. Mpumalanga brought it too and Angela’s rendition of Beyonce’s “Cry” was enough to seal the deal.
After separating the chaff from the wheat, our choirmasters whittled down the numbers drastically, until they each had the final choir that will be fighting for hometown glory this season.
Looks like Team Bucie will be on fire nje. #MzansiCOTC— Pearl Msiza (@PearlMsiza) January 17, 2016
I expect a lot from Sfiso Ncwane's choir with him being a gospel singer and all. This should come naturally to him. #MzansiCOTC— B X N T U (@BANTU_AFRIKA) January 17, 2016
We can all agree that our three provinces brought it and then some this week. Watch Team Bucie, Team JR and Team S'fiso sing for the first time, below.
Watch Clash of the Choirs every Sunday at 17:30, on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161)