The Last Stop To Get On The Theatre Week Bus

Idols SA Season 15 auditions concluded in the City of Gold, Johannesburg where the Idols team went in search for the last group of talent that will battle it out at Theatre Week in the coming weeks. It was raining ‘four yeses' in Joburg for the potentials. 

Songstress, hitmaker and powerful vocalist behind national anthemsCharlotte, Mamelodi and Resident In My Heart, Lady Zamar joined the judges table with Unathi, Randall and Somizi to sit through the day searching for talent in Joburg.

In the four city auditions, Randall has been showing a light hearted side, laughing, giving yeses when least expected to and generally being generous. 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 a 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.

Joburg was represented well with Hlole Hlole, 24, from Orange Farm who rocked the stage to grab a pass to Theatre Week. She was followed by Noxolo Mabaso, 20, from Soweto who got Somizi shouting, “confidence, confidence, confidence!”. She also walked off stage with a golden ticket that was guaranteed by four emphatic yeses. 

The eyes of the judges popped with surprise and shock as some of the Wooden Mic contenders took things a bit too far, with one of the young men leaving the stage in a dustbin. 

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 of the ultimate prize. 

Let the battle of voices begin!  

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