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SA's Got Talent Ep 5 – Gimme More!

2009-10-30 08:28

We've seen hundreds of auditions, and each week the calibre is raised and more really cute, talented and just plain hilarious South Africans are going through to the next round. Next week is the last round of auditions, followed by a week of nightly semi-finals and the grand finale on Thursday 12 November.

So we've only got our shaky memories to rely on. Once the show is aired on a Thursday night, that's it folks. Besides for a few snippets on their website, there's no way of recapping the action. We need repeats, YouTube clips and hey, I might even drag myself down to a mall road show if the *ahem* "talent" is visible. There's so much opportunity to milk this talent, and the lack of it, yet all we get is a three second clip in each episode. While this fast pace worked in the first episode, we've reached a stage where we've seen so much, we need a filter. I'm getting bored, a little dizzy and confused watching all these snippets week after week.

While I hate comparing our shows to the international counterparts, it has to be mentioned that the only reason we know about Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle is because of YouTube. The UK show featured 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi and after singing Michael Jackson's "Who's Loving You", he was a web sensation. So much so that MJ himself watched the clip and invited Shaheen to perform with him at the O2 Arena for the concert that never was. He then performed at the memorial service. I'm not sure how far he came in the competition, but just one audition took him that far! See what the interwebs can do for you...

The SA's Got Talent website does feature a few clips, but they're also too short and the biggest drawback is the inability to share them through social networking.

So besides watching this talent over and over again on my PC, I wouldn't mind seeing more of our hosts as well.  Rob van Vuuren is probably the funniest guy in SA at the moment, but we almost never hear from him except when he's trying to comfort some poor talent-challenged kid who didn't get through. What a waste. He was one of the main reasons I agreed to watch this show every week. I want to see him taking the piss out of Randall, I want to see him pet Viken the snake, and most of all I want to laugh.

Someone who did make me laugh was Christopher Lotter from Cape Town who sang so appallingly, Randall was convinced he was in a nightmare. And all through the criticism, Christopher's face beamed with confidence nonetheless. Bless. Another entertaining act was Shido the magician who turned toilet paper into money. Woah, he's gonna get a lot of bookings now!

The judges are most certainly losing their edge, though. Once again very questionable acts were being sent through to the next round. A young singer from Aliwal North was off key and had serious enunciation issues, but because she'd travelled so far, ag shame, "we're giving you three yeses". This isn't a charity show! Rather pay for her ticket home than give her false hope. It makes me think they're just lining these people up for a little more 'comedy' in the semi-finals.

Memorable clips from last night include little Malaika Naidoo dancing to Brenda Fassie, Francois De Bruyn's self penned "Thank You For Love" that had the hosts singing all day long, and Mike Davies' 'contemporary' didgeridoo playing. I just thought I'd remind you in case you forget...

* SA's Got Talent airs every Thursday at 19.30 on SABC2. Check out videos of the performances, judges' blogs, pics, polls and more at the official site.

SA's just got too much talent to try and pack into one hour a week. Where's the backup?

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