The Oasis Motel's arena in Tlokweng was filled to capacity as about 150 aspirants tried to secure a place in the Top 20 battle.
As the audience got more and more entertained, with of course rib-cracking comments - sweat, anxiety, uneasiness, courage and confidence in a few cases - enveloped the performers. Mixed emotions! Each competitor wanted to make it to the next stage, unfortunately, Keabetswe 'Master Dee' Sesinyi's mansion didn't have enough rooms. So, he wished he could accommodate "a handsome number" of this talent.
"Hectic" - that is the best word that describes the Saturday event. Tears were shed - mostly of pain not joy, smiles beamed, dreams shattered and hopes dashed. Not only was it hectic for the aspirants but also the judging trio found themselves in a similar situation.
Twenty-two-year-old, Evelyn Mokgadi, whose vocal abilities shone among hundreds, cannot agree more with Master Dee that the competition was tough. She says all contenders are talented, but all it takes is to impress the judges and make them believe you can do it.
"I am excited to be chosen among those many people, it shows I can make it," she says in between giggles.
She adds that the judging process was also fair because a number of previous contestants showed up and she feared they would all make it through to the next level, but the judges selected the winners on merit.
Segopotso Thalefo from Lerala is yet another contender over the moon for coming closer in the P100 000 war zone. The
20-year-old woman believes that with much practice and self-belief nothing is impossible. Her biggest drive in this race is the homeless, the hungry and the hopeless. She will be singing her heart and soul for the orphaned.
"I am doing this for passion, but above all I want to give the orphans P30 000 from the P100 000," she says adding that she really knows the pain they often endure.
Show owner and director, Master Dee says it was a difficult exercise having to choose the top 20 (which instead ended up to 26 people shortlisted).
The additional six, he says, were meant to accommodate the talent showcased at the Oasis Motel.
"Having improved the cash prize everyone is coming in to show what they have got, and this competition is an important vehicle to improve local talent," he says adding that the increased cash prize cannot be seen as a move that raked in everything and produced nothing.
Commenting on the influx of previous My Star contestants, Master Dee says the bad thing about a number of them is that they did not research on the competition standard, hence their failure to get to the next phase.
"They should know that the show is growing and things are changing," he says. He concludes that they will keep on allowing previous contenders to audition because the objective of this show is to nurture and grow local talent as most young people are unemployed - and this could open doors for the hard-working aspirant.