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Pretoria, the Idols comeback city

The Idols SA Season 13 auditions saw the young and ambitious come out in droves to take a chance in front of the judges at The State Theatre in Pretoria. Idols Season 8 winner and award-winning musician Khaya Mthethwa made it to the other side of the table as a guest judge in last night’s episode, and his experience as a contestant saw him empathize with the wide-eyed hopefuls, without being a pushover.

Idols is the only place you can come in as a dreamer and leave a superstar,” he declared.

The latest episode was proof of just how much people dream of that super stardom. The episode could have been dubbed “another shot at fame” as quite a few returnees came back to try their luck. Lindo, Faith, Ginger and Thapelo made it yet again to Theatre Week, but it’s still to be seen if the pressure of “Hell Week” will see them crash and burn again.

As usual, Randall had some curt comments to throw about, including telling a contestant, “The level of originality is none existent,” ouch! And while getting four nods is like cracking the code to the vault housing the crown jewels, the truly talented ones did it, booking themselves a safe spot in the first round of Theatre Week.

Khaya Mthethwa arriving at The State Theatre.

Last night also introduced the Telkom Pop-Up Audition bus which traveled to Polokwane for this week’s episode. Contestants’ auditions were uploaded to the judges and four lucky candidates had their Golden Tickets hand delivered to their doors by none other than Proverb himself. Who knows, maybe Mzansi’s next Idol is hiding among these gems.

Idols SA season 13 airs on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17:00 CAT.

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