Small ‘Idols’ turnout, but quality on show

SEEKING FAME: ‘Idols’ hopefuls from Port Elizabeth trying their luck at The Boardwalk yesterday are, from left, Daniel Jay 19, Gino Soul, 27, and Zhavandre van Rhyners, 23. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan
SEEKING FAME: ‘Idols’ hopefuls from Port Elizabeth trying their luck at The Boardwalk yesterday are, from left, Daniel Jay 19, Gino Soul, 27, and Zhavandre van Rhyners, 23. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan

THE smaller than usual turnout for M-Net reality show Idols yesterday has been described by judges as a case of quality over quantity.

Although long queues have become synonymous with the show, this was not the case in Port Elizabeth. But the judges are confident of Port Elizabeth’s chances.

Hopefuls sang in front of AlgoaFM presenters Charl Leslie and KayCee Rossouw, Two Tone Music director Ulagh Williams and Radio Active Productions Publishing managing director Bronwen Nel

“The talent has been phenomenal, this could definitely be Port Elizabeth’s year,” Nel, who helped narrow down the 87 contestants to a pool of 29, said. The second round will take place today. Only three of the 29 contestants will go to Johannesburg.

In 2013 Edward Allen, 28, was one of the lucky ones, making it to the top 32.

He was back again yesterday, saying he had learnt a lot about himself in the two years and was ready to give it another shot.

“I’ve embraced myself and gained confidence,” he said.

Uitenhage-based performer Alithia Mandy Bester, 27, has made it to the second round for the third time, but remains hopeful. “I know in my heart that this will happen for me,” she said.

– Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

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