Recap: Idols Top 8 boys

Brenden performing during episode 8, image 03

The Idols Top 8 boys took to the stage earlier to perform for the first time in front of a live crowd. This time around the judges can pass judgement, as they do, but it’s the millions of viewers at home who will ultimately decide who stays, who goes and who is that much closer to make their Idols dream come true. I wasn’t able to watch the show, but here’s a quick recap of what the judges had to say.

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga broke the ice, performing Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”, which was a big hit on Gagasi FM. Idols judge Gareth Cliff pointed out that this was one of those times where the competition becomes tough, because three people have to be sent home on Tuesday. “You were very, very gentle with the song. My only worry was that it wasn’t very strong,” he told Musa. “You took us to the high notes, which is something you haven’t taken us to yet on your journey,” said Unathi Msengana. “You understand that it’s a marathon,” she noted approvingly. Randall Abrahams reminded Musa that Idols ultimately is a competition. “You’re just not a commanding presence on stage,” he complained, and he worried that Musa would not be memorable enough to stand out. To vote for Musa SMS the number 06 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Musa on Twitter @musathevoice

Next up was Phalaborwa’s golden boy INNOCENT MABUSHE (27). He chose the party song of the season, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, which had the listeners of Limpopo’s Capricorn FM dancing all winter long. Unathi thought that was an “extremely smart” song choice. “I wish you could be more confident with your higher register,” was her only concern. Gareth explained that the fans who voted for a specific contestant tonight would continue to vote for that contestant all through the competition, which is why tonight’s performance was so important. “I imagine that on Tuesday night you will get lucky,” Randall said. “The song is going to carry you.” But he was unimpressed with Innocent’s lack of energy on stage. To vote for Innocent SMS the number 03 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Innocent on Twitter @innocentmabushe

PHILIP DUBE (20) from Kempton Park in Gauteng opted for an R. Kelly song, “Believe In Me”, which was a massive hit for Johannesburg’s Kaya FM this year. “I think it’s a very pertinent song for the journey that you’ve been on,” Unathi noted. “I truly hope South Africa does believe in you.” Gareth agreed, but he noted that Philip lost his confidence halfway through the performance. “The one thing we always say is that song choice is key,” Randall reiterated. He thought that Philip was not mature enough yet to do the song justice. To vote for Philip SMS the number 07 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Philip on Twitter @philipdube

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) from Kensington in Cape Town sang “Harriet Jones” from R&B star Eric Benet, which was also a massive Kaya FM hit. “You were convincing,” Gareth told Lee-Ron. But he warned all the contestants that they had to stick out from the crowd at this stage of the competition. Unathi thought Lee-Ron was the most committed contestant so far tonight. And Randall agreed. “So far the best performance of the night,” he said. To vote for Lee-Ron SMS the number 05 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Lee-Ron on Twitter @LeeRonMalgas1

JONO JOHANSEN (16) from Glenwood in Durban gave the fans his interpretation of “Millionaires” by The Script, a sensation on Gauteng’s 94.7 Highveld Stereo charts. Gareth told Jono he had good and bad feedback for him. “I was kinda bored,” he admitted. “But the good news is, you love performing,” he said. Unathi said she enjoyed Jono’s performance, mostly because he enjoyed performing it. “People vote when you’ve made them have fun,” she cautioned. “It was nice,” Randall deadpanned. “It wasn’t necessarily memorable.” To vote for Jono SMS the number 04 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Jono on Twitter @jono_johansen

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto chose another massive Kaya FM hit for his performance, Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, and he brought the house down with it. “Thank you,” Gareth told him. “All the things that I said were missing from all the people before you, you brought.” Unathi said Sonke “owned the stage” and that this was her performance of the night. “Let’s not beat about the bush,” Randall said sternly … “That was great.” To vote for Sonke SMS the number 08 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Sonke on Twitter @sonke_mazibuko

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga also chose a Rihanna song for his performance: her ballad “Stay”, which was a big hit on East Coast Radio in KZN, and it also earned him a standing ovation. “You just became the guy to beat,” Gareth announced. Unathi said Brenden has a gift that very few people have – he can make every song that he tackles his own. “You are a star,” she said. Randall predicted that there will be a lot of collateral damage on Tuesday night, but that Brenden and Sonke will be fine. To vote for Brenden SMS the number 02 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Brenden on Twitter @brenden_praise

BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town was up last, singing Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up, as heard on KFM in the Western Cape. “You were harvested with a different grain, and you’re proud of it, and that’s what I love about you,” Unathi told him. But Gareth could not agree. “I thought it was a massacre,” he said. “The only way you will get into the Top 10 is with charity.” And Randall thought that Ben had done his best, but he maybe didn’t step up his game enough for this stage of the competition. To vote for Benjamin SMS the number 01 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @BenjaminTainton

Did you agree with them? Who was good? Who wasn’t? Holler and share your thoughts from tonight’s episode. On Tuesday evening, three guys will leave the competition during the live results show. Who do you think they’ll be? Find out on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 19:30.

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