First-hand audition anxiety

2010-09-15 15:01
SA's Got Talent

I decided that I wanted a first-hand experience of what it is like to audition for one of these types of reality shows.

* See photos from the audition rounds in Cape Town

I arrived at the Cape Town International Convention Centre at a leisurely 9am, thinking that the queue wouldn’t be too long: Schoolboy error. The queue was backed up all the way round the corner and it would be a while until I even got into the building.

After finally making it to the door I was greeted by one of the runners on the show who gave me the 5-page form to fill out, which I duly did in a rush because I thought that through the next door I would be just moments away from my audition. Oh, how wrong I was.

Once I got into the waiting hall, it was like a concert gone extremely wrong. Everyone was queued up in a snake-like formation waiting for their shot at fame. At the registration table I could see runners going back and forth to the photocopying machine which they had to do for every person – surely you just ask people to bring a copy of their ID with the original as proof?

Anyway, after a while I realised that this queue wasn’t getting any smaller and that it seemed more and more people were being shoved into the hall. I must admit that I did moan a bit to security because it was blatantly obvious that people towards the back of the queue were pushing in and some tempers were flaring up. I thought about walking away but I was there to do my audition and was prepared to wait.

I couldn’t help but think that I wouldn’t be prepared to wait for hours if I knew I was crap and that I was going to be ridiculed on TV, so it’s astonishing, to me at least, the lengths that people go to in order to audition. Some of the hopefuls are so desperate to be on TV, even if it means being ridiculed in front of the entire country.

After another few hours I finally reached the final waiting room before my number was called. In case you didn't know, this is not the part where you get to audition for Randall, Shado and Ian.  You have to first impress one judge in a small room before you can advance to the audience-filled shows in the next round.

I sang for a very nice lady who never gave me an answer there and then.  How torturous! You have to wait for that all-important phone call to hear if you made it through. Sadly, I never got that call, so you won't be seeing me on TV this week.

All in all it was an enjoyable experience.  I just wish reality shows would catch a wake-up and speed the whole process up, because sometimes it’s just plain cruel.

SA's Got Talent starts on SABC 2 on Thursday 16 September at 19h30.

Dave Brooke went along to sing his heart out at the SA's Got Talent auditions. From queue to cue – here's the lowdown.
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