George woman shines in global talent search

South Africa has the second highest number of contestants going into the next round after the UK, with Spain coming in third. 

SOUTH African women have wowed the judges of the Avon Voices global talent search, an international online singing contest.

Six of the 188 contestants going through to the next round are South Africans.

Lynn Brooks, Kgalelelo Motlafi, Melina Katende, Elsche van Wyk, Yolande Strauss and Nondumiso Nyembezi are all going through to the next round.

The six leave for Paris, France, on March 27 to shoot a professional performance video for the next round as well as receive a special Avon make-over. They will return on March 31.

South Africa has the second highest number of contestants going into the next round after the UK, with Spain coming in third.

Yolande Strauss, mother of two from George, Cape Town, said she was ecstatic about the opportunity.

“It took me a while to actually believe this. Going to Paris is a wonderful opportunity and I have my whole family pitching in to help me with the kids,” Strauss said yesterday.

Nondumiso Nyembezi, a BA politics student at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, said she was working hard so that her school work did not suffer while she was in Paris.

“It will be difficult to work around being away from school but this is a dream so I have to go,” said Nyembezi. The Avon Voices global singing talent search is open to women of all ages in participating countries to share their beautiful voices. At least 6000 entries were received from 62 countries.

Finalists will be selected through a combination of celebrity judges, including Black Eyed Peas member Fergie and singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and online public voting.

The final will be in New York on November 2.

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