It may have been the day when the whole of Cape Town came to a standstill – the day of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – but this didn’t stop hopefuls from auditioning for Idols SA Season 10 at Grand West this past Sunday, March 9.
With auditions only starting at 9am, many folks started camping out at 6am to audition for the coveted spot of South Africa’s next Idol – some bringing camping chairs and snacks, and others standing for hours as they queued up to get an audition.
I got to the venue at 8.30pm, which was already too late, joining the end of a seriously long queue of what I’d estimate to be about 1500 contestants (and many more arrived after I got there).
While in the queue, I got to meet some of the contestants, and I can say one thing’s for sure: Cape Town certainly does have talent! Cape Town also seems to have a favourite artist, as almost all the men were singing John Legend songs. It’s understandable though, because if you can execute a John Legend song, well, you can execute just about any song.
I, myself, apart from being there with my media hat on, was also there to audition.
A lot of my friends and family asked me why I chose to audition for ‘Idols SA S10’, and the truth is apart from the fact that I wouldn’t mind being the next Musa, Lloyd Cele, Elvis Blue, or Heinz Winckler, I also had a little fun bet going at 94.5 Kfm.
You see, I really enjoy singing along to all the songs I play when I’m on-air; however, I seem to be the only person who enjoys my singing.
Some of my fellow presenters seem to think my singing voice is not exactly the greatest, so I thought I’d prove them wrong and said that if I get past the first round, then it is official, I can sing! …and if not, well, I’ll take it like a man and admit that I’m not much of a singer. And guess what? I didn’t get through. Not that I’ll stop singing along to songs in studio…
Now, let’s get to what’s cooking gig wise this weekend:
On Friday, March 14, the five-piece instrumental dance band, Nomadic Orchestra (pictured) will be performing at Dizzys, 41 The Drive, Camps Bay. Also on the line-up are Bambeano and DJ Luke Warm. It all kicks-off at 9pm at R30 gets you in (ladies enter for free before 10.30pm). For more information, call 021 438 2686.
Saturday, March 15, sees Arno Carstens live at The Blue Peter Hotel in Bloubergstrand. The show begins at 6.30pm and entrance is free. To find out more, email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, on Sunday, March 16 ,watch Mr Cat and the Jackal perform at Backsberg Wine Estate, Paarl as part of their final Picnic Concert.
The performance starts at 3pm and tickets are R100 from Plankton.mobi, or R120 at the gate. Students get in for R60, and children under 12 get in for free when accompanied by an adult.
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