#IdolsSA finale – Bongi vs Vincent


Can you believe it’s the end of another #IdolsSA season? That came really quickly, damn… This season has been good and the talent has been superb. In season eight we all knew who was going to win, as far back as theatre week. Last year it looked like Brenden was going to take it and then right at the end Musa walked away with the title. So if that is anything to go by, the title is still very much up for grabs. I’m not going to jinx it but I do think Vincent has the advantage in this one. I think it would be nice to see either one of them win, but I’d love a bit of a change now, so Bongi is my ideal winner. Let’s see what happens though.

The live finale is taking place at Carnival City (urgh) on Sunday evening. The two will get to perform twice during the finale. Bongi will sing her favourite song from the entire season – Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” and Vincent will reprise his version of Miguel’s “Adorn”. They will then perform a duet of “Almost Is Never Enough”, by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes. Going to be a good night as far as they are concerned, but they’re not the only performers for the night. Cassper Nyovest, South African supergroup Prime Circle, and Season 9 Idols winner Musa Sukwene and DJ Sbu will all take to the Idols stage too.

Catch all the action on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 and sign off in the comments section about who you think will be the winner!

Gallery – Spud 3 stars at the autograph signing and premiere

It’s one of the most loved stories in South Africa and clearly the fans of the movie franchise are a very dedicated bunch! On Saturday afternoon, Times Media Films hosted an autograph signing session with Troye Sivan, Caspar Lee, Alex McGregor, Blessing Xaba and the rest of the Spud 3 stars in Nelson Mandela Square. As the hours passed and the news of their favourite stars being in town spread, the crowd numbers grew. I saw many tears, lots of screams and just an overwhelmingly positive response to the movie and its stars. Later that night, the Spud 3 stars hit up the premiere in Sandton, and again the fans turned up in their numbers. I instigated a bit, by getting Troye, Sven, Caspar and Travis to get the fans revved up and screaming… Naturally the obliged and naturally their fans reacted positively.

Step aside Justin Bieber, the YouTube sensations are in the building and ready to shine! I’ve got some videos to post too, but here are some pictures from the premiere and autograph signing.

Gallery Shine/Skitter 2015 launch

One of the more glamorous launches of the year took place at Summer Place in Sandton Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. The Shine/ Skitter launch drew in some major names including Jennifer Su, Maps Maponyane, Top Billing’s Ursula Chikane and Simba Mbhere and many others. Above is a look at some of the stars and a sneak peak at the two cover stars, Bonang Matheba and Candice Boucher.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars want to UpTown Funk you up

Mark Ronson is back and bringing the funk to the forefront… In his latest track, UpTown Funk, Ronson has enlisted the help of the awesome Bruno Mars. The track is taken off the hit producer’s forthcoming album, ‘Uptown Special’ which is due for release on January 26th on Columbia Records. He’ll be the musical guest on SNL on the 22nd, where he and Bruno will perform the track and I reckon it’s going to be a super funky performance. Make a date with them and more on this release to follow soon.

Idols SA Top Three song choices


The Top four are living it up in London town at the moment, but only three of them will get to sing for your votes this coming Sunday. This week the top three will sing not one, not two but three songs for you – and this is what they will be singing:
Round one – Songs from the year they were born:

Bongi Silinda will sing Phil Collins’s 1990 hit, “Another Day in Paradise”.

Lize Mynhardt will sing the 1993 hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from the Scottish one-hit-wonders The Proclaimers.

London Louw will sing Sinéad O’ Connor’s “Nothing Compares To U”, from 1990.

Vincent Bones will sing Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You”, from the year he was born, 1984.

Round two – Personal favourites

Bongi will sing Drake’s hit “Find Your Love”.

Lize is going with the Leonard Cohen standard “Hallelujah”

London goes uptempo with The Darkness’s “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

Vincent chose a contemporary hit from newcomer Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”.

Round three – Songs chosen by the Idols producers

Bongi drew Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”

Lize they chose the Kanye hit “Church In The Wild”

London got Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”

Vincent has to prepare the John Legend ballad, “You & I (Nobody In The World)”.


Nice song choices… I think we’re definitely going to see Bongi and Vincent and my gut tells me London will be singing too. Who knows what SA has decided, in terms of the voting. We’ll find out on Sunday I guess. Another thing I’m looking forward to seeing this week is who mentored the four this week. If they’re in London, I’m almost certain they’ve pulled out the big dogs. Who could it be? Find out on Sunday evening on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 or visit www.mnet.co.za/idolssa for all the latest news.




Trailer for Chappie is out

Here’s a movie that looks like it’s going to capture the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. It’s a film called Chappie and it will be released in March next year. The film is directed by SA-born director, Neil Blomkamp and it stars Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and the awesome-twosome that make up Die Antwoord. Have you seen the trailer? If not, check it out below:

I’m putting it out to the universe now, I want to be in LA for the release of this film.  Mark my words, this film is going to be a smash hit and my city, my Jozi provides the backdrop for the film. LOVE IT!

Neon Run heads to Pretoria on the 15th


Pretoria, Jozi and surrounding peops listen up… The Pretoria Neon run is just around the corner and if you’re looking for some healthy vibes, coupled with a good jol, then you best be heading to SuperSport Park on the 15th. Bands like Beatenberg, Shortstraw as well as 5FM’s Roger Goode, Poppy and Rob Forbes will all be there to entertain you afterwards and who knows, maybe they’ll hit a run too. What’s the damage for this? The cost is R230 per person, under 11s pay R90 while if four people or more book the price is R190 a person. Tavis Brown from Fourfire tells us more:

Neon Runs seem to be all the rage at the moment. Tell us about this one in particular…

This is not only a South African trend but also an international movement to being healthy. Pretoria has its chance to simultaneously work out and be entertained with Neon Run’s Trademark tour.  It’s on the 15th November at SuperSport Park, doors open at 3pm and we suggest getting there early to avoid queues so you can make the race start at 6:30pm. The party goes on until 11:30pm. All entrants will receive an Official Neon Run™ headband and 3 glowsticks

You’ve chosen quite a sporty venue. Why did you decide to go there?

SuperSport Park is an Icon in the Pretoria / Centurion area. It is well recognised as a sporting and music venue and we most certainly have both aspects covered.


In addition to getting outdoors and being healthy, you’ve got a kick-ass lineup in store for the neon runners. Tell us a bit more about that lineup?

Shortstraw and Beatenberg are 2 of South Africa’s top commercial bands currently making headlines at festivals and events around the country and slamming hit singles on the South African charts. We also have top South African DJ’s Roger Goode, Chris Taylor, Poppy and Rob Forbes to round off one crazy Neon Festival.

Any prizes/ surprises on the cards?

We do spot prizes for best dressed so put in lots of effort and you could be rewarded!


Will you be running too?

The Neon Team does love to run but alas we will be too busy ensuring every aspect of the event is running smoothly to participate. We will be represented by a ton of family and friends and all the other Neon Runners out there!


Let’s get down to the ‘important’ details… What do would be neon runners wear?

Neon Runners must wear Neon Colours so they glow brightly during the run and music festival. Be creative and have fun with it! There is also Neon Paint, Glow Sunglasses and extra Glowsticks for sale at our merchandise store in the festival.


How do we enter and get involved?

Please head to Quicket.co.za to purchase tickets or go to our Neonrun.co.za website to enter. On Facebook you can purchase tickets directly form our fan page NeonRunSA

BBC Entertainment’s The Musketeers coming to SA

The MusketeersSo you will know that I traveled to the USA recently for a vacation. I flew Emirates to the city that I love, but obviously it was a long ass flight. Luckily there was some great in-flight entertainment on board and one of the shows was called The Musketeers. What was really great about this offering is that the entire boxset was available for us to watch – the only way things should be watched really. I love these sorts of shows and I’ve always been a fan of Alexandre Dumas’ The Musketeers, so it was an an sell really. Let me tell you, this show lived up to my expectations. It’s action-packed, funny, epic and just that rad.

And now South African audiences will get to see the guys in the flesh. The Musketeers are jetting into SA on the 25th of this month for a special preview screening. If you don’t get to see them in real life, you can watch the ten-part show on BBC Entertainment, as of the 30th of this month. It will air at 21:00 on channel 120 on DStv. Who are the Musketeers? Well they are Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan and Maimie McCoy as Milady.

Executive Producer Jessica Pope says “I’m thrilled that the show will be premiering in South Africa and we look forward to welcoming the South African audience to the Musketeer family.”

Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming, South Africa, BBC Worldwide, commented: “We’re extremely excited to be bringing the lead actors from The Musketeers to South Africa for its exclusive premiere on BBC Entertainment. The show is a huge global success having sold to more than 140 territories around the world, and I’m sure the South African audience will enjoy the drama and emotion of this fantastic series.”

I was one of the 140million people who has watched it, will you be part of the next million or so? It really is that rad!!!

If you want to meet the stars, head on over to www.dstv.com/competitions before 14th November to enter.

Pet Shop Boys to headline Sónar Cape Town


The Lumineers, Jill Scott, Foo Fighters and now the Pet Shop Boys… Those are some of the international artists I’ve pencilled into my diary for December. It was announced earlier that the Pet Shop Boys will be headlining Sónar Cape Town Opening Night on thr 15th of December, but don’t worry Jozi peops… They’re all coming here. In fact you’ll get to see them on the 12th of December. Durban readers, you’re even getting a gig for a change J

The gigs will take place at the Nasrec Expo Centre on the 12th and the Good Hope Centre on the 15th. This is followed by a gig in Durban on the 19th.

I’m told their show is abolustely incredible and one of the best you will see live. With 10 studio albums and 50-million album sales to date, you can believe it. And this will be the first time they’re playing in SA, so they’ll definitely bring it.

Belgian brothers 2manydjs will perform their highly anticipated DJ set after Pet Shop Boys’ performance on the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night and at A Taste of Sónar Johannesburg.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/seedexperiences.

Here is the full lineup:

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#IdolsSA top 4 song choices

The Top 4 will take to the stage this week, performing songs based on the “Old School/ New School” theme. What will they sing? Here’s a look at what the remaining five have chosen, but what only four will perform:


Old School:

Bongi Silinda (24) – Brenda Fassie hit “Too Late For Mama”.

JVB says: A very good song choice for Bongi. It has been an emotional week for South Africa and I feel like the emotion in this song will resonate with the viewers.


Kyle Deutschmann (27) – Zahara’s “Loliwe”

JVB says: Old school? Already? It’s more new school for me, but after what Kyle did with the Oasis track last week, I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us with this one.


Lize Mynhardt (21) – Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”,

JVB says: Nice track… Hopefully she will loosen up and have fun with this one.


London Louw (24) – Tina Turner’s “It”,

JVb says: I love me some Tina and with London peaking at this stage of the competition, I’m sure he’s going to bring it.


Vincent Bones (29) – “Sondela” by Ringo Madlingozi.

JVB says: Another winning song choice… I have no doubt in my mind that this will be a crowd favourite.

New School:

Bongi – Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down”

JVB says: One of my all time favourites and I had the opportunity to meet both Keri and Ne-Yo. We chatted about the success of this song and how epic it is. How will Bongi fare? I think she’ll do well here.


Kyle – Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”,

JVB says – Katy Perry is the bomb and this is arguably one of her best songs. Again, another interesting song choice from Kyle.


Lize – Michael Bublé hit “Feeling Good”

JVB says – I’m expecting an epic performance here. The song is bold, sexy, strong and hopefully the stage and Liza’s stylist will rise to the occasion too.


London- Duffy’s “Mercy”

JVB says: London will shine here. It’s a fun track and I’m sure we can expect him to dance again. He’s showing off now really ;)


Vincent – Usher’s “Climax”.

JVB says: Good song. This is a sexy song and I’m sure we’ll see that emotive facial expression we’ve come to expect from Vincent to make its appearance once again.


Catch the show on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 on Sunday or visit the official site at http://www.mnet.co.za/idolssa