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Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Deadline for entries & uploads: May 31, 2021

Great news for young talent on our entertainment scene!  Entries have opened for Starz at Home Season 3, proudly supported by Gateway. With the addition of hands-on weekend workshops – the next runs on May 29 and 30, 2021 - the new season promises to be even bigger and better than its forerunners.

Starz at Home Season 3 builds on the success of the two groundbreaking talent search projects for aspirant young South African performers who were launched online last year by acclaimed actress, singer and musical theatre coach, Lisa Bobbert. Bobbert’s brainchild project attracted hundreds of entries from across South Africa, even the UK, setting it on its path to become a household brand. Bobbert and her team are delighted once again to renew ties with Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

(Lisa Bobbert)

Live Workshops at Gateway: The weekend of 29 and 30 May sees the focus falling on Vocals and Musical Theatre.

Saturday May 29: Vocals with Shelley McLean:

09h00 – 11h00:  7 – 11years;

12h00 to 14h00: 12 – 16 years;

15h00 – 17h00: 17 – 21 years.


Sunday 30 May: Musical Theatre with Lisa Bobbert

09h00 to 11h00: 7 – 11 years

12h00 to 14h00: 12 – 16 years

15h00 – 17h00: 17 – 21 years.

Each workshop costs R50. Limited space is available, Covid protocols apply and registration at The first 200 to book their spot will receive a Gateway Gift bag.


Judges Panel

This year’s event will once again benefit from the expertise of high-profile panel judges. They are: Hip hop star Sketchy Bongo (record producer/DJ/ songwriter);  actress-comedian Juliette Pauling; songwriter Nick Jordaan of Rubber Duc fame ; Pop Idols season 13 winner, Paxton; international film actress/vocalist Inge Beckmann; Idols finalist Lloyd Cele; producer-songwriter-singer Esjay Jones; and East Coast Radio personality, Jane Linley-Thomas.



Capping the exciting range of prizes, Gateway is once again the Platinum Sponsor of the new season! In addition to the range of prizes previously up for grabs, the Umhlanga-based retail giant is giving away a weekly prize to a weekly winner chosen in the widely popular Gateway Golden Buzzer category. The latter will be awarded to upcoming stars of their choice, all of whom will be go straight to the finals. They will be judged in a special category, and will stand to win the overall Gateway Golden Buzzer Award.

As previously, Starz at Home offers entertainers between the ages of five and 21 the chance to break out of lockdown and Shine Online!

Says Bobbert: “Qualities the judges and I are looking for include:

-Something Special,



-Radiate a love for performing,

-Zaniness - everyone loves something different!

-Moms and Dads are invited to get involved too in the ‘Family Section’” below. And Dance, Acting, Singing and Music Studios are invited to enter their students in the “Group Section”.



1. Enter online line at - registration is R60 per solo category (7 years to 21 years); and family and group entries are R100 (2 or more people in an item - no age restriction).

There are three age categories: 7 – 11 years; 12 – 16 years; and 17 – 21 years. There is a special junior category for children under 7 so small Starz can enter, too.






-Musical Variety

2. Once you have registered and made payment, go to your “MY TICKETS’’ tab where you will find your barcoded ticket/s - the barcode number will be your entry number - each item entered will have its own unique number.

3. Film a 90-second video -

*Start by introducing yourself followed by your performance.*

4. Join the Starz At Home’ Facebook Group and upload your video. In the comments section write your name, age, province and ticket number (barcode number).

5. Once your video is uploaded - send and share to all your friends - there is a Fan Favourite prize for the video with the most likes and shares.

6. Deadline for entries and uploads is May 31, 2021, and winners will be announced in June.

7. If you have any problems or need to query anything please email

Loads of prizes are up for grabs including -

*Best overall Performance*

*Category Winners*

*Fan favourite - the video that gets the most likes and shares*

*Triple Treat - Contestant who shines in three or more categories*