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JOZI: Last stop on the Theatre Week bus! – Idols SA

29 July 2019
Idols SA, Season 15 auditions concluded in the City of Gold and it was raining "yeses"!
Jozi, last stop

The songstress, hitmaker and vocal power-house behind national anthems, 'Charlotte', 'Mamelodi' and 'Resident In My Heart', Lady Zamar joined the Judges panel sifting for talent in Joburg alongside Unathi, Randall and Somizi.

This year it would seem Randall has been showing a more light-hearted side, laughing, giving out tonnes of yeses when least expected and being generous all round. Johannesburg also experienced a Randall who was giggling and joining in the fun of the day.

The first Golden Ticket went to Mmangaliso Gumbo, 23, from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. “I like how you sing. You believe what you are saying. It was when you were singing that I felt like it was your song,” said Lady Zamar who gave Mmangaliso the nod. Somizi was equally impressed by the young lady who travelled more than 500km to grace the Idols Auditions stage. “I am big on people who have voices that stand out and stand alone. Not every successful singer is a great singer but there’s something special about you,” elaborated Somgaga.

For a moment it seemed like Joburg would also be represented well by Hlole Hlole, 24, from Orange Farm but his aneamic vocals just didn't rock the Judge's world meaning he couldn't grab a pass to Theatre Week. He was followed by Noxolo Mabaso, 20, from Soweto who got Somizi shouting, “confidence, confidence, confidence!” before she'd sung her first note. After a stellar vocal showing she walked off the stage with a Golden Ticket that was guaranteed by four emphatic yeses.

Jozi's misfits also had our Judges' eyes popping out of their sockets with a slew of hilarious, surprising and downright shocking Wooden Mic contenders. From the king of vibrato, Vusumuzi and his billie-goat, back-up singers to "professional studio vocalist" Georlene and of course, Nkupi The Entertainer who was literally put in a dustbin, it was an eventful night filled with laughter.

The final Telkom Pop-Up Auditions for 2019 took place in Limpopo, Polokwane, making some of the citizens jump in the air with joy and disbelief as they clutched their Golden Tickets. 86 Golden Tickets were given away during the nationwide audition tour. Now the golden voices go to Theatre Week where the pretenders will be separated from the real contenders for the ultimate prize.

Let the battle of voices begin!

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