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THE search for prospective actors for the Amstel Lager commercial Class Act is well under way .
Thousands of hopefuls have been cut down to 10. Judges now test their passion for acting and their commitment to success in a series that will have viewers glued to their TV sets.
Johannesburg and Pretoria have five hopefuls, Cape Town three and Durban two.
To involve reality show fans, Class Act kicked off on Saturday with all the drama, tears and excitement behind the scenes when SABC2 viewers got all the action. Casting agent Moonyeenn Lee, actor Rapulana Seiphemo and producer Tandeka Matatu spelt terror, disappointment and disillusionment for those who did not make it. They were ruthless, but when talent outshone the spotlight, they were very supportive.
"There was great excitement around the Durban auditions as they were the first and no one knew what to expect. There was a colourful mix of guys of all shapes and sizes, some awful and one or two fantastic performances. The judges were mostly in agreement about who was in or out," said judge and producer Matatu.
Lee, a judge and international casting agent, said: "There was an enormous lack of understanding of the industry and what it takes to be an actor. But that said, there were a couple of interesting people who did show the passion needed to be part of the industry."
The second week will play out the Cape Town auditions, followed by auditions in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The first live broadcast of the top 10 will be aired on April 3, when viewers can cast their votes and choose their candidate via SMS.
One voting viewer can win an Audi TT Coupe at the end of the season. Each week, one contestant will unfortunately go home, until only two people will be left and audiences will be treated to a grand finale. The winner will receive an MLA agency representation contract and eight weeks at the New York Film Academy, learning for the role in the lead of the Amstel advert.