Idols 8 auditions set for Feb

2012-01-10 12:07
Cape Town - Idols is back.

Auditions for the eighth season of M-Net's popular reality singing show are set to take place in four cities around the country in February.

The talent competition will once again be aired in simulcast on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 107) to allow DStv Compact viewers to be a part of the show's television audience.

In a press statement issued on Monday, M-Net detailed requirements in order to be eligible to audition for the show.

"South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 (on the day of their audition) are eligible to enter Idols

"Those younger than 18 have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all contestants will be asked to present their ID documents at the registration, which will take place on the day of auditioning.

"Musical instruments will again be allowed in the audition room."

Auditions will take place at the following venues:

Johannesburg: Sandton Convention Centre – Saturday, February 4
Durban: Ushaka Marine World – Saturday, February 11
Cape Town: Grandwest Entertainment World – Saturday, February 18
Kliptown, Soweto: Walter Sisulu Square – Saturday, February 25

Tips for a successful audition

Gavin Wratten, the show's executive producer, had some suggestions for a successful audition.

"Choose an upbeat song; stand out from the crowd; if you use an instrument, make sure it's tuned; let your personality shine through; and show the judges that you're an original talent, who can confidently follow in the footsteps of previous Idols," said Wratten.

Idols 7 winner Dave van Vuuren has already released his debut album through Universal Music, and the record label has also signed runner-up Mark Haze as well as Lefa Pike from season seven.


  • lydonmcg - 2012-01-10 12:27

    Oh spare us.

  • Werner - 2012-01-10 12:40

    Already? The trouble with having these seasons so close together is that, in between seasons, the general make-up of our wonderfully talented society doesn't change all that much. In five years' time there might be some fresh new faces and talent. In a few months' time? Not likely. The end result is that each show essentially produces less and less talented contestants, as the more talented ones featured in the previous season. It's like adding more and more water to concentrated Oros. Eventually nobody wants it anymore. Sorry to all the die-hard Idols fans. I thought the talent was OK in the first few seasons. Now? It's yawn-inducing.

  • Henry - 2012-01-10 12:49

    Geez...will this rubbish ever end? A judging panel who has no record of being successful in the recording industry, besides liking music..hell, why don't we appoint Randall Abrahams Stormers coach while we at it..

      DiziLiziD - 2012-01-10 13:49

      I agree Henry. 100%

  • DiziLiziD - 2012-01-10 13:48

    I think the age limit is stupid. As a 32 year old vocalist, i would also like the chance to show what i got, and i can gaurantee you that i would kick both Dave and Mark and Jodie and Heinz asses! Stupid TV Ratings! That is all this show is really about! It's never been based on TRUE TALENT!

      yolie.Landa - 2012-01-10 14:14

      u should have entered before u grew this old. u qualified in Heinz's season. Now u have been practising your entire adult lif u want to claim you have talent?

      Tammy - 2012-01-12 14:11

      Vocalist? People who use that word instead of 'singer' will probably appear in the wooden mic section.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-01-10 14:12

    URGH. Again? Only one of these winners are actually doing anything with it, so what's the damn point? Apart from boring TV for like 6 months.

      Werner - 2012-01-10 14:24

      That's another thing that makes me cringe - the level of squeezing-out-every-last-bit-of-drama. Can't stand the soppy stories of some mute teenager from the townships who always wanted to be another Janet Jackson. And then there's the 'dim the lights, cue the music' rubbish every results show. Yeah, I know, don't watch it if you don't like it. Watched some of season 7 when there was nothing else on tv and I was feeling a bit too happy with my life.

  • Marni - 2012-01-11 09:27

    If I remember correctly, at the start of season 5 Gareth Cliff said that he couldn't believe that people were still excited about Idols. I completely agreed then and I definitely do now! Idols has had its time and they should either take a break for a few years, or drop the program completely. The only good things to come out of Idols are Elvis Blue; and Mnet proving that it's a farce (with the voting scandal a few years ago). Please take a note out of Desperate Housewives' book: 8 seasons are enough!

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