Casting Calls

Idols 8 - all the audition details

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Casting Calls on 15 Jan 2012
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M-Net has confirmed that auditions for the eighth season of Idols will sound off in February.

The series returns to M-Net and Mzansi Magic in the first half of the year and a four-city audition search has been confirmed.

Auditions start in Joziburg, on Saturday 4 February and wrap in Soweto on Saturday, 25 February. Notably missing from the auditions this year: Polokwane, Limpopo. The city joins Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth as cities who've been there /done that/ got the T-shirt and haven't been invited back.

So what should auditionees do to impress this time round?

This advice from series producer and director Gavin Wratten: “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."

These are the audition dates and venues, including must-knows:

Venues and Dates:

Date: Saturday, 4 February 2012
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre

Date: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Venue: Ushaka Marine World

Cape Town
Date: Saturday, 18 February 2012
Venue: Grandwest Entertainment World

Kliptown, Soweto
Date: Saturday, 25 February 2012
Venue: Walter Sisulu Square


Auditions are open to to South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30. 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.

All registration for the auditions takes place at the venues, on the dates above i.e. you must go on those days if you want to enter. You need to be available to return to the auditions the following day if necessary.

Musical instruments will again be allowed in the audition room.

As per usual, you should arrive as early as possible to get registered as soon as possible.


17 Jan 2012 10:17

let me update my FB status, im entering this year. hehehehehhehh

La Dolce Vita
17 Jan 2012 20:33

Me too! I did it back in 2004 - awesome experience even if I don't make it ALL the way just to give it a shot will be cool.


22 Jan 2012 22:35

i am going

SB Anele Tshwete
26 Jan 2012 12:16

When they are coming to East London?

03 Feb 2012 13:25

I need information about the age restriction, to compete in the audition must they be 16 already or turn 16 in the series?

11 Feb 2012 19:43

Congratulations LEFA!!!!!!! Am happy for u big time. I'm ur biggest fan. Can't wait to buy ur cd!!! Mbah!!!

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