"I'm sorry but you can not go any further."
Those are the most feared words any Idols contestant wants to avoid.
But they have given a nine year old South African girl a new lease of life.
The 9 year old has been invited been invited to audition for the child version of the global hit singing competition, The Voice Kids.
Gugulethu Ndzendze became an online sensation when her mother Fundiswa Ndzendze posted a clip of her singing at their church.
The producers and channel of the hit show, ITV, inboxed Fundiswa on Facebook saying they had seen the clip and were impressed with Gugu’s voice.
Her proud father, Bongani Ndzendze, said they felt so honoured to have their daughter acknowledged by one of the biggest shows around the world. Gugu has been excited ever since she heard the news.
“We will always support our child in this beautiful journey that she has chosen and without any hesitation.
“We will make sure she participates in the competition.
“The idea of having a nineyear-old travelling out of the country will be a challenge, but we will see how we do it, especially in terms of school. However we are waiting for our producers to let us know the dates and then we will find a way forward.”
Gugulethu’s school principal at Voorpos Primary school, André Matthee, also shared the family’s excitement to see one of their pupils getting recognition of this level.
Matthee said they always knew Gugu and her equally talented singer older sister Ndalo were special.
As the school they had no words to explain how happy and proud they were of their pupil.
“I am so proud, the school is so unbelievably proud of her, not only the school but the community and the family of Voorpos at large; she is putting our community on the map” he said.
Mathee described Gugu as a young girl with many talents and a very active child.
Gugu participates in public speaking, choir, and giving speeches, but because of Covid19 most of the school’s activities had been put on hold.
The young pride of her community is also excited to have been recognised by the talent show that has a South African spin-off.
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