As the race for Idols SA hits the home stretch with the last five hopefuls slugging it out, Lucia Jakeni has proved her worth.
The 26-year-old from Evaton North in the Vaal looks back on her Idols stay with pride.
“I’m grateful to have taken this route in my life. Anything can happen, I took the risk.”
She said she didn’t even have money to travel from Evaton to Pretoria for the audition and it was her friend Vuyelwa Memane who gave her the R150 for transport.
Jakeni remembers how she arrived in Pretoria the afternoon on the eve of the auditions.
“I slept on the pavement waiting patiently for my turn, and when they opened the door I was one of the first 100 to go in.
“I came in with the mindset to try it out and if I’m taken I’m taken, and if not then it’s still fine.”
But now her eyes are fixed on the top prize. With her war cry “Vaal paqama for Lucia”.
“I’m the first one from the Vaal to get this far. It would also be a good thing for a lady to win. That gives me drive to do more. My mind is on the game. I’m a mother of two and I want my children to be proud of me as well as my brothers. I’m the eldest.
“We lost our mom when I was 19 and one of my brothers had to go stay in the Eastern Cape. It would be nice to come to a good home.”
Jakeni said the secret of her velvety voice was to phalaza (vomit).
“If you have talent you have talent. I’ve never used ginger tea, or honey or any of those remedies,” Jakeni said.
“I wouldn’t want to start using them now. I keep doing what I know best, which is to phalaza now and again, then I’m good.”
Jakeni said her talent was genetic and thanked her father Mongezi Jakeni, whom she says is a well-known singer in the Vaal.
Source ; Sowetan