HUNDREDS of hopefuls were at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday dressed to the nines in the hope of grabbing a one in a million chance at fame.
They were all vying for a chance to become a presenter on one of three SABC television shows and were taking part in the Presenter Search on SABC 3.
Auditioning started in Cape Town last week before moving to the Bay.
Yesterday’s successful Bay candidates have been invited to participate in round two, which takes place today. Eventually a group of 30 will take part in the final round in Gauteng.
Two of the winners chosen at the end of the national process will become presenters on lifestyle shows Top Billing and the Expresso morning show. The third winner will join a new lifestyle show on SABC 3, details of which are yet to be confirmed.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University student Abigail Scheepers, 24, sporting a bold red dress and black heels, was confident of making round two. “It’s all about confidence. I know I am capable of getting through the first round.
“I just have to be myself, don’t mess up my lines and make sure to seal the deal with my smile,” Scheepers said.
“I went to auditions in 2010, but was told my face looked too young. But I have matured and am ready to take on the challenge.
“If I do get this, it will change my life. Can you imagine all the incredible things I’ll experience as a Top Billing presenter.”
Hlumelo Qaba, 27, did not break a sweat as he stood confidently in line with his red jeans, white shirt and black waistcoat checking out the competition through his Ray-Ban shades.
“There was no way I would miss this opportunity. It’s my time now, and I am sure the judges will be impressed,” Qaba said.
“Hopefully, sometime soon, I will be greeting viewers from some island in the Caribbean.”
Ashraf Ismail, 23, said: “It’s about selling yourself. Nobody knows you better than you do, so my plan is to keep calm, talk confidently and leave the judges wanting more of me.”
The auditions will air on March 6 at 7.30pm.
-Tremaine van Aardt