And so the countdown has begun! Auditions will soon be underway for the first ever The X Factor South Africa and just before they get underway, SABC 1 has announced that Andile Ncube will be hosting the hit show.
The talented and versatile Ncube began his TV career on the SABC1 music show One which he helped transform into the channel’s flagship music show. Later, as one of the show’s executive producers, he oversaw the process of transforming it into the successful, LIVE.
His passion for sport – Andile was once part of the Ajax football academy – saw him moving into sports presentation hosting shows such as Soccerzone and Soccer 411.
Meanwhile open auditions for The X Factor SA start on Saturday (June 7) in Durban before moving to cities around the country including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Nelspruit and Maritzburg.
Those who wish to try out can pre-register online on http://xfactor.sabc1.co.za/pre_reg.php (which fast tracks your registration) or arrive at one of the audition centres on the day and register then. Anyone aged 16 and older can enter. Soloists and groups are welcome but no bands are allowed. For those who cannot get to one of the open auditions they can audition online by visiting the X Factor website and downloading a video clip of themselves singing.
Ncube is delighted to be able to be hosting The X Factor SA: “I will be guiding both contestants and viewers through all of the ups and downs of this thrilling show. I will be offering contestants support and encouragement along the way – from their first auditions in front of the judges through to the nail-biting live shows. Of course, I will also try and keep the judges in check!”
The X Factor South Africa makes its highly anticipated debut on SABC1 on Saturday, September 6 at 6pm.