Bay four eye Idols glory

Neo Bodumela

FOUR Nelson Mandela Bay musicians have managed to get their feet in the door of season eight of South African Idols and look to go far in the competition. The metro’s four singers received sought-after golden tickets during the competition’s audition phase. They are Melissa Allison, featured last week in The Herald, as well as Jean Huisman, Siyabulela Mangaliso and Gino Lee.

Lee said his audition in Cape Town was both overwhelming and exciting.

“The enormity of the whole process was frightening but at the same time very exciting. I was not nervous, but rather looking forward to and waiting anxiously to perform each time.

“All my experience in music definitely built up to this point and prepared me for what was yet to come: an amazing experience. Idols is a brilliant tool for any musicians to market themselves.”

Lee attends Theodor Herzl High School in Walmer and was the M-Net YoungStar in 2010.

For Uitenhage-born Mangaliso, it was second time lucky after he did not get the golden ticket four years ago. “It feels great to have the golden ticket because this is what I have been yearning for and I am not going there to lose.

“Four years ago it was tense but I feel like I was more prepared [this time] because I rehearsed more than 30 songs and started preparing months in advance for the audition.”

Huisman said he had a friend to thank for convincing him to go for the audition.

“Maties FM [in Stellenbosch] was holding an Idols Jumpstart competition which would allow the winner to skip the lines at the first audition and my friend Alison literally gave me no choice by putting my name down and telling me when and where to be.”

The four join 85 other Idols hopefuls at Sun City in the reality singing show.

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