He has become known as the “I can’t sing” guy, but the Cape Town man behind one of Idols’ most awkward auditions says it is all an act.
Trevor Chauke’s five minutes of fame marked the beginning of the ninth season of the popular talent show, which started in July.
Stepping in front of the judges, the 27-year-old UCT student was brimming with confidence, assuring his celebrity jury that he had talent.
But after struggling through the first line of Swedish House Mafia’s Don't You Worry Child – the physics major admitted defeat.
“I can’t sing, I’m sorry,” he quickly told the judges.
Idols judge Unathi Msengana said it was the most bizarre moment she had ever experienced.
This week, Chauke has been campaigning on Twitter to win the “Wooden Mic” award, a prize bestowed on the season’s worst singer.
But on Wednesday he told the Cape Argus that it was just an act.
“I’m a comedian and I love to act, it’s all just a character I’m playing,” he said.
“When I auditioned, they told me I had already made it, so it was strange when they asked me to walk through the door and there were all these judges sitting there.”
Not realising that he had only made it through the screening process, he thought it was a practical joke, and said he decided to play along. “I created this character and just went for it.”
It was only after he was booted out of the competition that he realised what had happened.
“I was not sad, I was actually happy. What happened to me when I was there was life-changing because I learned a lot of things about myself and how the world works.
“The truth is I auditioned because I know I can sing… But I also enjoy playing this character and this is why I’m still running with it,” he said.
Weeks after the show went on air, users on Twitter and Facebook are still poking fun at Chauke’s audition.
“This is a perfect example of how earphones mislead us into thinking that we are musically capable,” wrote Dimpho Monnaborwa. - Cape Argus