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The Last time we covered I Want to Sing Gospel it was decided this writer would do a mock audition in front of the show’s judges, Lindelani Mkhize and Rebecca Malope. To say it was not a successful try-out would be an understatement.
With the show’s new season upon us, it is only natural that repeating that approach would not be ideal. Instead, we decided to sneak into the auditions and get a “fly-on-the-wall” perspective and this proved to be a good idea.
It was in the late afternoon at Newtown’s Bassline and a number of hopefuls sat anxiously outside the venue waiting for their turn to impress the judges.
In one room sat the show’s producer, Thokozani Nkosi, and in another was the producer and actress, Sarah Ngubeni (pictured). It was in the latter room that all sorts of people did their auditions.
“We have had a number of them sing to us in the morning and now we are going through those we liked to sift through them again,” said Ngubeni.
The nerves showed in most of the singers’ performances. Ngubeni’s presence was at first intimidating to the singers, but she calmed them down with constructive criticism and even allowed some a second attempt at their audition.
“Some of these kids are really good at what they do, but the only problem is they have bad habits. The one that comes up a lot is that they sing so loud in a small room that it is deafening.
“I know this probably comes from the churches they attend, but it is important for them to know that they need to try different techniques in different settings,” she explained.
You could tell Ngubeni had had a long day as the job she has signed up for is a taxing one. All sorts of characters walked into that room and did their bit, but whether it was a memorable performance or not is another thing.
There is one guy who sang very well, but had filled in disturbing information about his violent traits on his entry form. It didn’t help that he was of a humungous stature.
Another one insisted that he did not want to reveal his age on camera because of personal reasons. His audition was so-so, and he’ll be lucky to go any further because of his diva attitude.
The best of the day was this kid who tried to sneak into another audition after being rejected earlier. It was outstanding that Ngubeni remembered and confronted him.
There is a melancholic side to the show where we learn of the severely disadvantaged places these people come from. In most cases, singing is their way out of their dire situations.
The new host of the show is TV personality Salamina Mosese and the nationwide auditions of I Want to Sing Gospel come to a close today.
The date the show premieres on SABC2 will be announced later.