Idols SA auditions head for Cape Town

01 February 2013 - 08:52
By Dimakatso Motau
exposURE: monde msutwane
exposURE: monde msutwane

IDOLS SA season 9 returns tomorrow with auditions in Cape Town.

M-Net and Mzansi Magic, co-producers of the singing competition, are reminding Cape Town singers not to miss the chance of becoming South Africa's next shining superstar.

"We cannot wait to see what the Cape Town queues will deliver," Idols SA spokesperson Lani Lombard says.

"The Mother City has produced the most Idols singers to date but last year Cape Town's reputation got a bit of a knock when only one singer made it to the top 10. We are challenging Cape Town to regain their status as the country's Idols capital.

"You will only know if your material can make it all the way to the top if you take that first step to the audition venue."

The Cape Town auditions take place tomorrow at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World.

Johannesburg-based Monde Msutwana, 30, who was in the top three in 2012, says the competition has opened doors for his career.

"I have since quit my job as an assistant marketing manager and I am pursuing my music career because of the high value exposure that comes with being on the competition."

Durbanite Shekinah Donnell, 18, was in the top six last year, says being in the competition made her love for music grow.

"The competition has given me a platform to showcase my talent. I learnt music basics and got exposed to contacts in the music industry," Donnell says.

Idols is open to South African citizens between 16 and 30 years old.

Those younger than 18 have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All contestants will be asked to present their ID's at registration.

Musical instruments will be allowed into the audition room.

Singers are urged to bring water and food as the wait can be long and tiring.

Other auditions will be held on February 16 at the Soweto Theatre, on March 2 at the Durban Playhouse and March 23 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. -