Jessica Yallup, the Durban singer who survived the Idols round in Durban is strong and remains upbeat despite the controversy around the auditions.
Jessica told The Ridge Online: “It was a very tough situation (with Georgie) and I felt very sore for Georgie. I always go in to situations with a positive attitude but expecting the worst, because this way you can never be let down – I’ve left auditions before myself feeling sore, but it doesn’t matter. There are so many doors to open.”
The drama unfolded on Sunday evening when friends, Jessica and Georgie Mabbett (Winston Park, pictured), turned up for their shot at fame again after previous failures in the competition. Both girls had made it through Theatre Week in Idols 4 and hoped to impress the judges with how much they had grown as singers in the past three years. Controversially, judge Gareth Cliff suggested that they audition together, and that the friends help judge each other’s performances.
Unfortunately, this is when it all went wrong for Georgie. After her audition, Mara Louw said she would like to see Georgie in Sun City, but upon hearing Jessie score a hit with the Four Non Blondes hit, What’s Going On, she changed her mind. Jessie got the Golden Ticket, but a devastated Georgie had to go home disappointed.
Commenting on Georgie’s future, once the dust has settled, Jessica said, “Georgie has a great future ahead of her if she keeps her feet on the ground. She’s actually had far more exposure than any of us, and she’s a great performer.
“My audition wasn’t what I expected – I just wanted a normal one – but we redheads seldom get the norm, even when we run from it, it seems to hit us head on. We must be drama-magnets or something . . .”
A philosophical Jessica added, “I’m just a girl in the Idols queue who got a ticket like 19 others from Durban. I want this very badly. I did my thing and I’m ready to continue my journey.”
Hard questions have been asked about the judges’ controversial tactics . . . and there’s loads of chat around Durban about Georgie’s disappointing exit. “They’re making up the rules as they go along,” said an irate fan, Sam Bird. “Ja, it was totally unfair,” agreed a colleague who claimed not to be an Idols fan, but who had been gripped by the Georgie-Jessica drama. “I felt really sorry for her.”
Others said they had found the drama riveting.
It was clear from the footage on Sunday that Jessica was feeling distressed at her friend’s disappointment, but unfortunately, as always, the judges’ decision remained the one that counted.
Georgie told East Coast Radio on Monday that she had moved on from the incident and wouldn’t want a sympathy vote, even if it were offered to her.
Of interest to the Ridge area, Chloe Clark (21) and Kyle Mitchell (22) from Durban North also made it into the next round.
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