AT THE grueling Idols SA auditions in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg this year, the uber-critical judges handed out a grand total of 78 Golden Tickets. In the final tally, 17 of these Golden Ticket winners hailed from the Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape, 13 from KZN, 2 from the North West, 1 from the Northern Cape, 2 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo and 29 from Gauteng.
While the contestants’ hometowns were spread across the country, the Golden Ticket was taking them all to the same destination – Sun City in the North West Province. That’s what the judges said at the auditions, and that’s what had happened to Golden Ticket winners in previous seasons. Little did these Season 11 singers know that there would be a pit stop on the way to Sun City and that not all the buses would be traveling to the same destination.
In this week’s episode of Idols SA, we’ll see how a twist unlike ever before rattles many of the contestants who’re dreaming of becoming South Africa’s next Idol. But who will end up in which bus, and why?
In another change to the Theatre Week format, previous Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa and Season 5 runner-up Graeme Watkins will step in to give the contestants masterclasses, based on their Idols experience and work in the music industry.
“The Idols judges have found some incredible talent across the country this season , but during the even-tenser-than-before Theatre Week these young singers will have to deliver their absolute best at all times and prove their musical versatility,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. ”As Khaya and Graeme will explain to them, it’s not easy being a full-time musician, and we need to make sure that the contestants have the will to succeed against all odds.”
At the end of the Idols SA Theatre Phase, the judges will put forward the names of the contestants who will be singing for the public vote. So the big question is: Who will come out tops at Idols “Hell Week” at Sun City? - release by M-Net