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Dashed dreams of High School Musical: Spoltlight SA

2008-08-26 09:20
Monday nights are probably the most nerve-wracking nights for the High School Musical Spotlight SA contestants. On Saturday the Top 14 performed hits from Disney movies in what must have been the most magical show of the season this far - if you missed the show, you can catch some of the highlights in our photo gallery.

While the contestants are all thoroughly enjoying the spotlight, and their talent unbounded, there is still the possibility that they could go home next, and their dream of playing the coveted leading roles in South Africa's High School Musical theatre production could come to a grinding halt.

Another four contestants were sent home on Monday evening, and theatre director Pieter Toerien had another chance to save two of the bottom six contestants.

The six performers who had to sing for their supper were Courtney, Melissa, Tsephi, Steven, Daniel and Jarryd. The six performers under threat sang songs from the High School Musical movie – "What I've Been Looking For" for the boys and "When There Was Me and You" for the girls.

Pieter Toerien explained that Steven has been having "too much fun" and didn’t work quite hard enough, and that Jarryd was still very young, so he chose to save Daniel. Of the girls, he said he and Hazel Feldman would have been very happy with any one of them in the lead of their stage production, but, with a crack in his voice, he chose to keep Tsephi.

The show ended with an emotional group performance of "Start of Something New" featuring lead vocals from the four performers who were on their way home. Melissa, who was visibly distraught, was comforted by the rest of the contestants as she made her way off the stage for the very last time.

The remaining Top 10 are off to start rehearsing for Saturday’s show, which will test their dancing skills to the maximum.

Next Monday will be the last of the shows being filmed in Cape Town. The production team then heads to Johannesburg to film the rest of the series and the finale where SA's first Troy and Gabriella will be chosen. High School Musical: Live On Stage debuts at the Artscape this November.

- Ashlin Simpson

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