“Idols’ is back

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After a two-year absence South African “Idols’ is due back on pay-TV channel M-Net in August, with auditions kicking off in Johannesburg on 23 June.

“This reality format is incredibly successful all over the world and during the past year viewers have begged us to bring back a local version,’ says Carl Fischer, Head of M-Net’s Original Productions. “We are also excited about the improved audition process that will allow even more South Africans to become part of Idols. The “Idols” team will visit big cities as well as smaller towns to find South Africa’s new Idol.’

There is no registration process this year. Prospective “Idols’ simply have to turn up at the five audition venues throughout the country in June and July and sing. “Idols’ is open to all South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 as at 22 June, 2007. Proof of age, like an ID documents or a birth certificate, is required.

Auditions for “Idols 4′ start in Johannesburg on 23 June. Johannesburg “Idols’ must report to the Standard Bank Arena on Saturday, 23 June. The gates open at 09h00. In Cape Town, the auditions start at the River Club in Observatory, on Friday, 29 June. In KZN, this year the Idols Auditions Roadshow will visit the coastal resort town of Margate, and those auditions will be held at the Main Beach on Thursday, 5 July.

Then it’s on to Knysna, just in the time for the Oyster Festival. The Knysna auditions are at the Oakhill School on Tuesday, 10 July. Back in Gauteng, the final audition opportunity for “Idols 2007′ will be at Supersport Park in Centurion on Wednesday, 18 July.

The usual dependable “Idols’ team is back, with Dave Thompson, Randall Abrahams, Gareth Cliff and Mara Louw in the judges’ seats and being kept in check by “Idols’ presenter Colin Moss, who was named “You’ magazine’s Most Popular

“Idols launches on M-Net on 19 August, Sundays at 5.30pm

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