Gateway to Fame 2014 winners


On Saturday, 18 October Gateway to Fame finalists took to the stage to create what has been described as a “captivating, spectacular and world-class” grand finale at the Wave House.

“This year’s Gateway to Fame was nothing short of spectacular – the talent was unbelievable and the contestants really brought their A game to Saturday’s show,” said Gateway to Fame show director, Shelley McLean.

Gateway to Fame 2014 winners are; Leah Mari – junior singing category; Reece van Schalkwyk – senior singing category; Sizwe Mthalane – young adults singing category; Ndumiso Dlamini – instrumentalist category and Champions were the winning dance crew.

Zaba, Zinhle Wanda, Reece van Schalkwyk, Monique Naude, Courtney Pendy

Zaba, Zinhle Wanda, Reece van Schalkwyk, Monique Naude, Courtney Pendy


“I didn’t enter to win. I entered for the experience and what an experience it was. I learned so much during the workshops. Before Gateway to Fame, I had never danced. Shelly Haggard, the Gateway to Fame choreographer taught me about the importance of engaging the audience through dance. It was such an eye opener. I look forward to a future in music,” said senior singing category winner, Reece van Schalkwyk.

Winner of the instrumentalist category, Ndumiso Dlamini said, “I’m really excited. I see this as a wonderful stepping stone for my career. I will definitely use this title as a platform to get more recognition as a musician”.

“The finalists this year were incredible to work with. They were eager, focused and the loveliest group of people. I think many of them have formed lasting friendships,” added Shelley.

The grand finale was judged by a panel of experts in the entertainment industry. The panel included; award-winning musician and musical director, Evan Roberts; award-winning choreographer, Janine Bennewith; member of Durban’s vocal sensation “Take five”, Tory du Plessis; well-known musician with over 200 theatre shows under her belt, Melanie Roberts and  one of Durban’s best professional musicians with an honours degree in Jazz, composition and arranging, Shemual Mahabeer.

Over 300 hopefuls auditioned for this year’s Gateway to Fame with 37 finalists performing in the grand finale. All the singing finalists were styled by Stuttafords and their hair was expertly done by Gerald Wells Hair Professionals.

Mariathe Panas, Leah Mari, Zaba, Alex van Schalkwyk

Mariathe Panas, Leah Mari, Zaba, Alex van Schalkwyk

“The highlights for me have to include our amazing guest beat boxer, Mikey Mathaba who added a fresh ‘now’ feel as well as our Junior Winner who played her own composition. The dance crews were spectacular and added a serious ‘wow’ factor to this year’s show,” said Shelley.

This year’s prizes included; Gateway Music instruments, sound systems, music lessons, Gateway gift cards, restaurant vouchers, Gerald Wells vouchers and so much more.

R20 000 of the income generated from ticket sales will be donated to ‘Reach for a Dream’.

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