The time to enter for the eighth season of Idols is rapidly running out. After record entries in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town over the past three weekends, the final auditions for Idols Season 8 will be held at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Kliptown, Soweto, this Saturday, 25 February.
“We have already seen some absolutely amazing singers in Jo’burg, Durban and Cape Town,” says M-Net Communications Manager Lani Lombard. “And we’re incredibly excited about the Soweto audience. Idols reached a much broader audience last year, as a result of the simulcast on Mzansi Magic. We trust that many more undiscovered singers are now aware of the power of Idols and will be at the auditions to take a shot at fame. Idols is all about unearthing new talent and who knows, maybe we find the next Idol this weekend.”
As in previous years, entrants must be at least 16 years old and no older than 30 on the day of their auditions, and all contestants must present a valid I.D. document to enter. A parent or a legal guardian must accompany entrants younger than 18 years of age.
Prospective Idols are advised to arrive early to register and to make sure they are available for call-backs over the whole weekend, if necessary. On Saturday [25 February] entrants will be screened by preliminary judges of highly skilled musos and if they’re deemed promising they will have to return the next day to sing for a panel of television and music professionals. Only the very best contestants will be invited back in March to perform for the Idols judges.
Season 8 of Idols is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic and will be broadcast on both channels from June 2012.
Updates and further information can be found on the official Idols Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”, on Twitter @IdolsSA and on the official Idols Season 8 website at www.mnet.co.za/idols.