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SA's Got Talent – Live Semi-final 2

2009-11-11 08:36

SA doesn't want no SuBo! So far, none of our first four finalists are over the age of 19. It's not that surprising though. We all have a soft spot for the young ones, especially when they're this good.

For a while in the middle of the audition shows, I was disappointed by the lack of insight we were given into some of the performers. The live audition rounds have resurrected the show from the black hole of bad local productions. If we have another season, I hope we get more studio shows and less audition shows. It just works. The banter between the judges and the hosts is much better and sharper, and there's no more of this nauseating shuffling between cities and acts. Bleg.

Although last night's group wasn't as impressive as Monday night's, singular acts stood out. Drummer boy Daniel Petersen III was awesomely cool and calm throughout his performance. However, as talented as he is, I don't think he deserves to win a competition like this, simply because he doesn't need it. He's had tons of media exposure already, playing gigs at the V&A with his dad and even appearing on other television shows. He'll make it big without SA's Got Talent.

Artists like Show Stopaz needed a show like this. They were electrifying in their stylish costumes and flawless moves. But think about it: where else would an act like this get a chance to perform besides church bazaars and school recitals?  Judging from Monday night's dismissal of Roses, it seems dance crews aren't all that popular.

Magicians aren't that popular either. Soccer Mania was applauded for their effort, but the judges comments all alluded to their future success in 2010 and nothing was said about their progress in the competition. Thanks, but no thanks. They're an example of no matter how good you are, there's always someone who's better.

Originality is definitely rewarded by the public. It would be so easy to say that hip-hop dancer Darren Rajbal received the most votes last night due to his impaired hearing garnering sympathy, but it's simply not true. Darren's video slo-mo thing going on behind him on the screen was pure genius. It was also light years away from his so-so performance at the auditions. His ripped arms, powerful facial expressions and pure charisma made him my, and the public's favourite.

Showbiz is also about dealing with the unexpected balls-ups with grace and serenity. No one likes a diva. Little Cleo Filander didn't let faulty sound at the beginning of her song rattle her. She is so cute I want to put her in a snow globe! Her confidence and sweetness is infectious and the choice of Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" was perfect for showing off how big an 8-year-old voice can be. It's no wonder why both Randall and Shado chose her above Daniel to go through to the final, and there's no prize for guessing Ian's true feelings.

Tonight we see the last 7 acts, which include the ladies and their dancing dogs (?), young singer Julian Hepburn and Gregory Mabusela playing the keke horn. Opera singers Louis and Willem van der Merwe are also performing, but I'm still convinced that the only reason they're in the semi-finals is because of the soppy plea to win the girlfriend back. While the competition may have an emotional slant, it's evident that South Africans don't care about your sob story – you have got to entertain them first!

*SA's Got Talent will air live from Monday to Thursday this week on SABC 2 at 19:30 with the live results show at 21:30.

Check out videos of the performances, judges' blogs, pics, polls and more at the official site.

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