The new season auditions for Idols 13 got off to a fierce start as girls ruled over boys at the Cape Town auditions this week.


Hundreds of aspiring singers lined the corridors of GrandWest Casino to take their chance in front of the show’s legendary judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and guest judge, R&B crooner Donald. Some were armed with notebooks scribbled with lyrics, others relied on their cellphone recordings, and all were warming up in every available space from bathrooms to passageways.


Still, the talent harvest proved to be slim pickings as the judges handed over only 12 Golden Tickets and three Golden Discs. The Golden Discs are a new addition to Idols South Africa, where each judge holds one disc in each region that they can gift a contestant as a pass through to Theatre Week, vetoing any other vote. The final golden tally saw 12 girls and three boys from the Mother City make it through to Theatre Week, set to take place at the end of February.


“The girls are killing it in Cape Town,” asserted Somizi.


Guest judge Donald said he was impressed by the talent they had picked out. “The talent was really good. I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more contestants as I expected better. But those who did make it through were very impressive,” he said.


Donald described his first turn on the Idols SA judging table as “mind blowing”.


“This was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m a sucker for talent, and this just opened me up to the talent we have in our country. I loved being a guest judge on Idols SA.”


The roadshow will move to Pretoria at the State Theatre on Saturday, 21 January, where a surprise guest judge awaits the eager crowds. It remains to be seen whether the capital city will lead in the number of Golden Ticket winners again this year.


This will be followed by auditions at Durban’s Playhouse on 27 January before concluding at Joburg’s Carnival City on 04 February.


For now, Donald had advice for those heading off to Theatre Week. “Commitment, commitment, commitment…that is what’s going to take you far. Bring your fighting spirit because only those who really want it will make it through. It’s going to be rough.”


Entry is free and open to all South African citizens who are between 16 and 30 years old on the date of their first audition. Don’t forget to bring your ID document to the audition, and minors need a written consent signed by a parent or guardian. All the Idols SA XIII audition details can also be found on the official Idols SA website at

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