M-Net is bringing a new season of Idols to DStv screens soon and producers of the blockbuster reality series are already hard at work. Reps of the show’s production team WaterFront Television visited Zimbabwe early in February to hold auditions fo
r the all-important Idols personalities…the series host and judges!
A casting session was held at the Meikles Hotel in Harare and attracted a large cross-section of television talent, who were invited to attend and showcase their skills. Candidates must have been hoping to make a good impression knowing that whoever did will find themselves in the spotlight when Idols launches on-air in April.
And whilst the outcome of the auditions will not be made public knowledge as yet, executive producer Carl Olen says that Zimbabwe can be proud of local candidates who participated in auditions.
“We’re visiting seven countries in our search to find the show’s host and judges as they’ll be a critical part of the show’s success. Once we’ve finished all the castings, then we’ll evaluate the possible options across the countries before making final decisions. In Zimbabwe we found great enthusiasm for Idols, a fantastic welcome and some very talented people. We hope to find the same when contestant auditions are held in Harare. Enter and show us what you’ve got!”
Jetting out of the country after their short stay, the team headed off to their next stop in Malawi.
Meanwhile, when the Idols host and judges are confirmed, they’ll join a list of unforgettable personalities who’ve held these positions in international versions of the series.
In the US, Ryan Seacrest is a household name as the host of American Idol, with British powerhouse Simon Cowell, Grammy-winning producer Randy Jackson and pop icon Paul Abdul in the judges seats. In South Africa, the judges on the last Idols SA were SonyBMG executive Dave Thompson, songstress Mara Louw, radio DJ Gareth Cliff and music expert Randall Abrahams while Colin Moss was host. In Idols West Africa, it was Fela Kuti protégé Dede Mabiaku, Ghanaian musician Abrewa Nana and Lagos DJ Dan Foster as judges, with Mike Majic as host.