The new season of South African Idols kicked off on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday. This is the tenth season of the hit show, that has seen the likes of Heinz Winkler, Zoe Zana, Khaya Mthethwa, Lloyd Cele and Elvis Blue all become household names in Mzansi. The show continues to hit the high notes with audiences and so it’s no surprises Gareth Cliff, Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and host Proverb are all back to find the next best unsigned singer in the land.
I missed the first episode last night but I’m told there were keepers and then there were the shockers. Did you watch? If so, who caught your attention? While I wait to hear from you, here are the 18 names who grabbed the attention of the judges in Johannesburg:
Andries Nkhomola (27) from Thembisa, who is a choir director in his local church
Brandon Brits (23), a neurophysiologist from Springs
Busi Ngwenya (23) from Vosloorus, who works as a service consultant in a bank.
Felix Menoe (21) from Potchefstroom
Dineo Moseki (20), who is on a gap year after school and came all the way from Tlhakgameng near Mafikeng in North West Province
Dineo Ramailane (30), a full-time musician from Kimberley
Mfakadolo “Alfred” Tsatsi (27) from Sasolburg
Freddie Wessels (26), a worship leader from Krugersdorp
John Letlojane (29), a professional musician from Carltonville
Lebo Mzimba (19) from Randburg, a newlywed firefighter who is studying mechanical engineering
Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs
Monique Erens, a 17-year-old Matric student from Johannesburg
Nofunda Mabaso (22) a B.Comm Finance Honours student from Crown Gardens
Professor Bhengu (25), who travelled all the way from Durban for the audition
Ricky Booysen (24) from Cresta, who works in a CD store at the moment
Roy Gluckman (26) from Illovo, who gave up Law to pursue music
Sgherdeed Ross (28) from Reiger Park, Boksburg
Sipho Hlatshwayo (26) from Soweto, who is a Debt review consultant.
Who knows, one these hopefuls could be the new South African Idol…