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Jacques cracks Idols' judges

Vanessa Papas 8 August 2003
Jacques Terreblanche

"All journeys will someday end - if you find your true passion within, you may journey forever ..."

Jacques Terreblanche's (20) main passion in life is riding the melody. A truly talented young singer, he had little difficulty cracking the Idols' judges and clinching his spot in the Top 10.

Completing a performance diploma in classical music at a university in Cape Town, Jacques was born and bred in Joburg. He lived in Cresta for several years before moving to Tamboerskloof, a bustling suburb of Cape Town. Now, while auditions for Idols roll, Jacques is living with his parents in Randburg.

At an early age he had an ear for music. "I was literally singing before I was even talking," laughed Jacques. "My mother said I hardly spoke put would rather sing."

However, he only entered Idols after much persuasion from his friends and brother, Eugene (26).

"I would never have entered on my own accord. I'm not really interested in competing against other people, but I know that getting into the music industry by yourself is not easy."

At an audition, Jacques sang "If you're not the One" by Daniel Bedingfield, the result being all four judges thought he would get the nod from the voting public.

"I didn't think they (the judges) were as bad as everyone made them out to be. I think they're actually cool and have their own individual ways," said Jacques. "Every day we get criticised by our music lecturers but one has to learn that criticism is more often than not, constructive."

Jacques has been described as an introvert by Idols' viewers but he said he's not shy, he just prefers to sit back and observe other people.

"I love listening to what people have to say, I think that is one of my best qualities - I'm a great listener!" Aside from music (and listening) Jacques thrives on adrenalin and will try anything that lifts his spirits, from cliff-jumping to white river rafting. A sport enthusiast, he also plays basketball, soccer and at 15 received his national colours for gymnastics.

He also loves photography, writing freestyle poetry and creating his own lyrics.

Jacques Terreblanche

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Copyright © 2003, Rodney Jones, rtjones@amethyst.co.za, Randburg, South Africa (Last updated on 8 August 2003)