The stage lit up coloured gold. The audience cheered with excitement, while the drummer twirled her drumsticks in the air - the perfect cue for SA’s Got Talent finalist, UKZN’s Jesse Govender to belt out Avicci’s 2013 hit song, Wake Me Up.
Govender, a first-year student studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, says his love for music began at an early age when he used to sing in church. ‘I also come from a musical family.’
Govender’s friend, Keshiv Barath, was the one who encouraged him to enter the talent show.
‘There wasn’t any other show at the time and SA’s Got Talent was a really good platform for me to do something so I considered it because Keshiv really wanted me to,’ he said.
Govender said being on the show was fun, adding that he learned a lot from the judge’s attitudes. ‘If a person made a mistake, they didn’t focus on it as long as the contestants were having fun doing what they love.
‘I would like to thank everyone who supported me, especially Keshiv, my family and my friends. Even though I didn’t win, my Facebook page was still flooded with well wishes and I wasn’t so disappointed,’ he said.
*The final of the SA’s Got Talent show was aired on TV recently. Dance group Kryptonite Dance Academy took the top honours.