YESTERDAY marked Western Cape's final phase of M-Net's Idols.
Twenty-seven pop idols wannabes received the coveted Golden Ticket which granted them passage through to the next level of the popular singing competition in Sun City next month.
The contestants will now have to battle it out with other regional finalists for the final prize - a recording contract with Sony Music, a brand new Ford and R500000. The grand finale will take place in November at a venue still to be announced.
This year's judges are Zolani Mohala from FreshlyGround, Mara Louw, Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff as guest judge.
Mohala said: "It was fun, in a hair-raising sort of way.
"I didn't come with any preconceived expectations, I just wanted to be open-minded and fair," she said at the end of the auditions.
Mara Louw said: "Judging by what we saw yesterday, this season of Idols is going to be even better than last year."
The Idols competition is open to all South Africans between the ages of 16 and 30. All contestants must produce their green ID book as proof of identity.
M-Net's publicity executive Ingrid Engelbrecht added that wannabe music stars are allowed to audition with a musical instrument of their choice.