Humanities Student in X Factor Reality TV Show
Partially sighted Bachelor of Arts student, Ms Snehlanhla Mbonambi, has made it into the X Factor reality TV show after gruelling audition and call-back sessions.
X Factor South Africa is a television music competition with contestants chosen after public auditions.
‘I am just super excited and grateful to be a part of X Factor South Africa and I’m hoping to learn a lot from the experience and to become a better performer,’ said Mbonambi. ‘My family and friends believe in me and I will be giving it my best shot.’
Mbonambi made it through auditions before belting out Luther Vandross’s Dance with my Father which impressed judges Zonke, Arno Carstens and Oskido, who described her voice as ‘amazing, clean and easy to work with’.
Mbonambi is currently doing a series of performances at “bootcamp” in order to make it into the Live Shows where the contestants perform live onstage to attract public votes to stay in the competition and to ultimately win a recording contract.
‘Whether or not I win, I’m doing something I love and I’m passionate about,’ said Mbonambi. ‘I believe my talent will be recognised and I hope to inspire others to grab opportunities like this and to follow their dreams. Even people with disabilities should never give up but instead reach for their dreams.’
X Factor South Africa opens on SABC1at 18h00 on 6 September.
- Melissa Mungroo