SA's Got Talent – Top 21 recap

2009-11-06 08:14

* See the Top 21 gallery

After five weeks of lightning-speed clips and a nausea-inducing tour of the country, SA's got some talent, fo sho. The judges were finally forced to stop chomping nice pills, go balls-to-the-wall and sift through the whopping 152 acts they gave false hope to. It's a cruel, cruel world...

The 21 semi-finalists to go through to the live studio rounds next week range from average jugglers to amazingly innovative 'musicians', and it seems like we do indeed have some diamonds in the rough. The producers clearly have been saving the best for last, as the last audition rounds introduced us to the acts that I think deserve to be in the finals. Obviously we all know what a crock this is – the public never vote with their brains; only with their bleeding hearts.

One of those last few surprising hopefuls is Faith, a 40-year-old vocal coach from Goodwood in Cape Town. When you see her, she looks like a drag queen whose hairstylist took revenge after she lost out to Faith in the Miss Good-with-your-Wood pageant. What is up with that 'do, darling? However, as soon as Faith starts singing you'll forget all about that, and she'll make you believe you've hit Broadway. With Shado in tears and Randall gushing like a teenager, she'd sealed the deal. First thing to do with the prize money: Salon visit!

Another OMG-where-did-that-come-from reaction was caused by 17-year-old Louwtjie Rothman who played two guitars with skill that could probably make Carlos Santana a little uncomfortable now that he's moving on in years. As Randall pointed out, it wasn't the most coherent act, but when your fingers are doing that, there's not much else the audience will be interested in anyway.

I'm such a sucker for this stuff. When the judges were announcing the Top 21, I just wanted to hug every disappointed soul and high-five the happy ones. Woohoo! Despite the last few torturous weeks, most of the talent we'll be seeing next week looks worth the hour on the couch.

I said most, not all. Juggler Louis Cason made it through, but I can't figure out how he's going to do anything different in the semis. Unless he juggles something fascinating like spray-painted mice or government portfolios, there's not much more to juggling, than juggling.

Overall, next week's sure to be exciting. As is par for the course on this show, they've jammed as much into one week as the SABC would allow. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night will each feature 7 of the 21 finalists, which you will then vote for. Six acts overall will go through to the final on Thursday night, and then it's all over.

Take a look at our gallery of the Top 21 and let us know who your favourite is and who you'll be voting for. We're rooting for Gregory Mabusela and his keke horn. Seriously, an instrument out of a roll-on bottle that actually sounds good? You've got to see it to believe it...

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


The Top 21 are ready for the semis next week and as long as the public use their brains, some talent might emerge. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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