Idols SA – Tumi eliminated

Episode 12 - Tumi, image 01

Regional auditions are done, theatre week is wrapped… The Top 16 brought with it loads of drama and then a further six were cut, leaving us with the top 10 undiscovered and unsigned singers in South Africa. That’s where we were up until last night on South African Idols, but the culling continued. 21-year-old musical theatre student, Tumi Lesenjane unfortunately left the IdolsSA competition last night when she failed to get enough votes to get her through to the top 9.

It’s a pity because I really digged her, like Randall did. She’s got the makings of an incredible artist, she has the look, a beautiful voice and she seems lovely too. I’m hoping to do a Google Hangout with Tumi later, so stay tuned to my Twitter feed for updates.

UPDATE: Here’s my Hangout video link with Tumi:

TUMI LESEJANE from Midrand is the first Top 10 contestant to be sent home in season 9 of Idols SA. The 21-year-old Musical Theater student received the disappointing news at tonight’s Idols Results Show, which was broadcast live from the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Tshwane.

Tumi was an early favourite with the judges during Hell Week at Sun City, when Randall Abrahams declared that she was a pop star, and when the girls were singing for a place in the Top 10 everyone raved about her sterling performance. Unfortunately, her rendition of the old Berlin hit from the movie “Top Gun”, “Take My Breath Away” at Sunday night’s Top 10 Idols Spectacular show, elicited a lukewarm response from the judges – and not enough votes to keep her in the competition.

Yet, Gareth was still surprised at tonight’s results. “There were people on Sunday who performed worse,” he noted. But the judges still decided not to use their one Save of the season to rescue Tumi.

ProVerb kicked off the first Results Show of the season by separating the Top 10 girls and guys into two groups. Then he revealed that the contestant with the fewest votes was a lady, which meant that the guys were all safe.

Thereafter, the tension was built even more by sending CHRISTINA WILLIAMS (21) from Port Elizabeth, and 19-year-old ZOË ZANA from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town, and then Tumi to the Hot Seats. They had scored the fewest votes from the fans this week.

That means Christina and Zoë will have to work much harder when Ziyon from Liquideep mentors the Top 9 to prepare for this week’s musical theme, “My Idol”.Last week’s mentor, South African hip-hop legend AKA, performed his latest hit “Kontrol” live at the Results Show tonight with Da L.E.S.

Tickets for the Top 9 Spectacular this Friday [4 October] are now available from Computicket.

To stay on top of the latest Idols SA news and to find out how the voting works, visit the Idols website at www.mnet.co.za/Idols or go to the official Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”. Follow Idols on Twitter @IdolsSA and interact directly with the Top 10 at their individual Twitter handles.

Idols SA is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic and comes your way twice a week: on Sundays at 17:30 and Tuesdays at 19:30.

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