Child stars have long been a vital ingredient in reality talent shows, from nine year-old ‘Tiny Tina’ Arena on Young Talent Time in 1976 through to Jagger the Drummer, also nine, from Australia’s Got Talent.
But one South African toddler has emerged much younger and is possibly the best thing since mashed banana.
The adorable DJ Arch Jr (aka Oratilwe Hlongwan) – who was carried onto the stage by his father Glenn in each episode – won season six of SA’s Got Talent this week beating teenage impressive classical singer/ ventriloquist Isabella Jane and hip hop crew Street Stylers to win the ZAR500,00 (A$49,862) first prize. Jane looked crestfallen at the result.
DJ Arch is just three years old.
Arch was given a ‘Golden Buzzer’ by judge DJ Fresh (a household name in South Africa) to progress to the seminals. According to his father, winning hadn’t sunk in for his boy yet: “He just thinks he won another Golden Buzzer,” he told E TV.
“For a three year old I’m blown away, never mind him winning the competition, the fact that he stood on stage, he did a set and finished it and clicked stop. I don’t know if any other three year old would stand there and do that without their parents [doing it for him].”
Glenn said his son enjoys DJing and creche and would continue with both. “We are just going to keep on doing what we’re doing. He’s still young and there is still a lot that will happen as he grows and matures.
“I don’t think that winning will affect his life in any negative way. He has great parents and we are here to guide him.”