Bloemfontein’s Idols golden ticket drought was finally broken this past weekend when Lenthea Jantjies from Heidedal bagged the city’s first theatre week call-up in many years.
An ecstatic Lenthea received her golden ticket after she wowed the judges with her soulful rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow.
She told Bloemfontein Courant in an exclusive interview that the whole Idols experience was an emotional but rewarding one.
“I didn’t really think I would get it. I think what helped me to make a breakthrough was hours of preparation and also the support I had from friends and family. They were 100% behind me, but ultimately it was preparation that helped me over the finish line.
“And my mother was so proud of me. I have never seen her so proud. My mom has supported me since the day that I told her I am going to audition for Idols. There were days that I wanted to quit, but she was the one who always cheered me on.”
Song choice also played a huge part in Jantjies’ success at Idols. “I chose the song Somewhere over the Rainbow, because I felt that it showed more of my vocal ability. It was the perfect fit for what I wanted to showcase in front of the judges.”
Jantjies said her time on the Idols set was an overwhelming one. She said to able to see what happens behind the scenes was a huge eye-opener for her.
“I never thought it was such a huge operation. But my experience at Idols was also a beautiful one. Everyone was friendly, from the producers and the judges, to the crew and the contestants. They all are a bunch of phenomenal people. They saw my nervousness, but they all tried very hard to make me feel at ease.”
But her road to Idols wasn’t always moonlight and roses. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, but she stopped along the way because she stopped believing in herself. “I wouldn’t say the Idols golden ticket is my big break, but it definitely is my first step in overcoming the fear that I have developed of performing in front of people. The fact that I put myself out there by going to Idols signals a new beginning for me.”
Although she doesn’t have any big plans for her immediate future, she is hoping to release her first single in the near future. “First I want to see how the competition goes.”
To a question about how she likes her newfound fame, Jantjies answered: “I don’t know if I am famous yet, but it is a nice feeling. I never thought the response would this big. But I am just enjoying the moment and preparing myself for theatre week.”