It is South Africa's turn at "???'s Got Talent". The semi-finals started on Monday night and I must admit, I am amazed at the young talent we have in this country. Out of the 21 acts in the semis, at least any one of 18 could have won the competition, but only six will participate in the finals tonight.
Eight year old Cleo Philander sings like an angel. Apart from the magic of her voice she also has the poise and self-confidence that you would expect from a well-seasoned, mature artist on stage. Add to that her sheer adorability and you have a winner.
George Avakian is a 19 year old beatboxer. Although it is not a favourite form of entertainment in my book, I have to admit that he oozes talent and he is also extremely popular with the young people. Did I mention that his good looks alone should gain him a large slice of the young female vote.
Kalon Badenhorst is an absolutely adorable 12 year old dancer. I do not think he is aware of it (or maybe he is) but his greatest talent is his smile and general charm... okay, okay, I know, he cannot win on charm, but once you see the incredible way he moves, you will know he is a winner.
Louwtjie Rothman, an 18 year old guitar player, made me forget to breath. I never realised that a guitar could bring forth such sounds! Whether he wins tonight or not, he has a great future ahead of him in the music industry.
Louis and Willem van der Merwe are two brothers who sing opera. The "story" behind their participation is that one of them (I am not sure which one) is taking part in the hope of winning back his ex-girlfriend. All I can say about that is, forget the ex. After your performances on this show, there will be so
Then there is Darren Rajbal. What can I say? He is 19 years old and dances. When I watch him dance, I cannot help but feel that the music becomes him and he becomes the music. It is simply incredible how he performs. Need I say he is my favourite? GO DARREN! Did I mention that he is totally deaf since birth! (I know, I do not know how he does it either.)
I am off now to watch the final and will update you later in the evening.
22:33 SA Time: And the winner is....
and I can go to bed a happy woman. Congratulations Darren.