Kurt Darren and Kelly Khumalo are two of three judges on ‘Stand Up SA’. Here’s what Kurt had to say about working with the singer:
Afrikaans singer, Kurt Darren recently opened up about his new gig on SABC 2’s singing competition, Stand Up South Africa.
The competition kicked off on 5 September 2021 and sees SABC family members sing duets and go mic to mic with other families, vying for the grand prize of R100 000.
The show is hosted by Dineo Langa and the judges are Lorcia Cooper Khumalo, Kelly Khumalo and Kurt Darren. According to The Citizen, the judging format of the competition is different in that the judges are screened off from one another.
“We could make our own decisions. We did have some intense banter between ourselves, though – lots of fun teasing Kelly and Lorcia,” Kurt jokes. The Kaptein Span die Seile singer also said that Kelly is seriously strict, but that she knows exactly what she wants from the contestants.
“She didn’t say anything too controversial, though, except for calling me Kurt Khumalo once!”
Kurt also said that Stand Up SA is filled with amazing duos with their own unique life stories.
“I didn’t realise how many talented duos there were out there,” Kurt says “with many more still waiting to be discovered. This is only the beginning.”
He also says viewers will meet a very special couple that will make them believe in love all over again. According to Kurt, the duos worked very hard and surprised the judges with their creativity as they grew in confidence.
“Each duo found a really special connection they might not have known they had before Stand Up SA.”
It is believed that there is always a fun element when families are involved – especially when looking at shows such as Steve Harvey’s Family Feud.
Kurt, for one, said that COVID-19 has caused South Africans to be in “their own state of shock” and Stand Up SA is a “much-needed and positive injection” for South Africa and its people.