NHS voices have no equal

Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” was belted out with gusto by Jessica Berry, while Carmen van der Merwe did her best Flooze impression. Meli Mazibuko, with his excellent rendition of “Ice Ice Baby”, almost brought the house down, based on the response, the loud clapping and cheering and general air of bonhomie and fun.

Shania Twain’s hit, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” was expertly performed by Rene Bekker, to tumultuous applause. The star of the show was Omphile Mhlongo with what can only be described as the voice of an angel. Soaring, rich and expertly controlled, she brought the audience to its feet and almost to tears more than once. There were also a few light-hearted moments of jolly fun and banter, with a hilarious rendition of Grease, and Dawid and Charl’s stage act having the audience in fits of laughter. Jean du Plessis was also clearly an audience favourite, while De Villiers Basson was breathtaking on the piano.

The stage was ablaze with the talent and vibrancy of the cream of the NHS crop, all swept along by the enthusiastic audience participation. Lighting and production on this show were second to none, the sound was perfect and the contestants each had a certain star quality. From the Flooze arriving on her motorbike, spanners in hand, attitude in plenty and a hearty, confident “Hey, my tjommas”, to the beautifully executed Pandora’s Box classic, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” performed by Terese Vorster, the evening was a delightful foray into the talent that abounds in the Lowveld. Omphile Mhlongo was the winner, Christoph Mans the runner-up and Terese Vorster third.

Mellissa Bushby

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