Idols SA Top 5 spectacular

Episode 22 - after opening the show, the Top 5, image 02

Last night I only managed to see a few of the IdolsSA top five performing. Brenden was back on track and I was sadly unimpressed with Zoe and Sonke, but apparently their other performances were better. From what I can tell though, Bunny and Musa owned the night with their performances. Did you catch them? What did you think? If you missed IdolsSA last night and you wont be able to catch the repeat, here’s a look back at how the top five got on:

Only five contestants are left to battle it out for South Africa’s most coveted title in Idols SA Season 9 and the pressure just doubled this week at the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria when the Top 5 each performed two songs. With some expert advice from Pam De Menezes of the South African girl group The Arrows, they each prepared a hit from the Nineties and a hit from the Naughties for two rounds of performances. 

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni opened the first round of Nineties Hits with R. Kelly’s “Bump And Grind”, and for the second round, songs from the Naughties, the gentle giant chose Dave Hollister’s R&B hit “Can’t Stay”. In his comments Gareth Cliff said Musa’s delivery of the second song convinced him that R&B is his thing, and Unathi Msengana said she really enjoyed his interpretation of “Bump ‘n Grind” and she appreciated his vulnerability in the second performance. “R. Kelly? And Dave Hollister?” Randall Abrahams marveled jokingly. “Son – turn down the lights!”

To vote for Musa, SMS the number 09 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

For her song from the Nineties BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg sang Robin S’s 1990 hit “Show Me Love” and to represent the 2000’s she went with a more recent local hit, “Ndiredi” from Simphiwe Dana. “I think tonight has completed what I would call a tour de force of versatility,” Gareth said. “I don’t think anyone else has chosen as well as you did. You executed both of them perfectly.” Unathi pointed out that psychologically the contestants have been in competition mode for a year already and she admired the way that Bunny keeps upping the ante. Randall agreed that the song choice was excellent, “but let’s not take away from your performance,” he pointed out. “Absolutely at the top of your game tonight.”

To vote for Bunny, 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 Bunny on Twitter @BunnyMajaja

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga picked Usher’s “Nice And Slow” for his Nineties hit and his Naughties hit was “Jailer”, from the French-Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa. “Something’s happened,” Gareth noted. “I feel like everybody on the stage tonight’s just bringing their A-Game.” He thought Brenden was playing to his strengths like never before and that the second song showed aspects of Brenden’s personality that he’d forgotten about. “Your confidence is back!” Unathi agreed. “I don’t think anybody in the history of South African Idols has ever had a jam session on air!” “This is a tight competition, son,” Randall said. “This is the tightest Idols has ever been.”

To vote for Brenden, 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 Brenden on Twitter @brenden_praise


19-year-old ZOË ZANA from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town channeled her inner Janet Jackson with the 1997 megahit “Together Again” and then she rocked the house with her Naughties choice, the Destiny’s Child hit “Survivor”. Gareth loved the beginning of the Janet Jackson song, and the end, but not the middle. “You need to have a chorus and a verse,” he cautioned Zoë. “I want some variation,” he said. Unathi thought that Zoë’s performance in the Janet Jackson song showed a delicacy that took the audience by surprise. But Randall thought that she missed the playfulness that Jackson displayed in the original song and “you were so sharp that I couldn’t listen anymore,” he complained. And with “Survivor” you still need to sing as well as dance, he pointed out. “I think you’re going to have it tough on Tuesday,” he predicted. 

To vote for Zoë, 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 Zoë on Twitter @zoe_zana


The final contestant in both rounds was Soweto’s SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) who interpreted the old Nina Simone classic “Killing Me Softly”, as it was covered by The Fugees in 1995, and he ended the show on an upbeat note with Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet”. Gareth pointed out that Idols has a strange relationship with that Fugees song in that it’s mostly been sung by bad singers, and he was happy to hear it sung well. But not being a Michael Bublé fan he said he “didn’t feel” the second song. He thought it was “too Broadway”, but that Sonke was popular enough to get away with it. Unathi thought it was good that Sonke showed his versatility, though. “The less said about ‘Killing Me Softly’ the better,” Randall grumbled. And as far as the second song was concerned, he pointed out that some singers have a “default position” and that Sonke’s is a cabaret style. “The song choice tonight in your case absolutely killed you,” he declared. 

To vote for Sonke, 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 Sonke on Twitter @sonke_mazibuko

Voting for the Top 5 opened at the start of tonight’s show and will close on Monday night, 4 November, at 22:00. And on Tuesday, 5 November, fans will have to bid farewell to yet another contestant as the show counts down to the big Finalé on Tuesday, 26 November.

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”, or follow Idols on Twitter @IdolsSA.

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.

IdolsSA Top 9 song choices

Episode 13 - the Top 9

This week the #IdolsSA Top 9 will take to the stage singing songs by artists they admire, look up to and are inspired by. Here’s what they’ll be singing this week:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town [@BenjaminTainton]: Coldplay “The Scientist”.

Good song and the judges seem to dig him. I’m sure he’ll do a descent job.
BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga [@brenden_praise]: Anthony Hamilton’s “Her Heart”.

He’s going to melt hearts with this one and he’s bound to score loads of votes for a song like this… I have no doubt he is going to blow people away.
BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg [@BunnyMajaja]: Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary”.

Oh Bunny, you just choose such good songs. A song that matches her vocal range too. It is indeed a classic and the performance should be incredibly fun, festive. Rock it!
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS (21) from Port Elizabeth [@_c_williams]: Pink’s “Try”.

Difficult song, but a good choice too. It’s one of P!nk’s most powerful tracks and I think Christina will need to dig deep to capture all the emotions attached to it. I’m looking forward to seeing this one.
CRYSTALENE NAIR (24) from Durban [@CrystaleneNair] – Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”.

Love me some Kelly Clarkson and I’m keen to see how Crystalene brings her interpretation of the song to the stage.
INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) from Phalaborwa in Limpopo province [@innocentmabushe] – Coldplay song “Paradise”.

Love, love, love this song. I had the privilege of seeing Coldplay performing this one live in Prague last year and it was simply incredible. Don’t mess it up Innocent 😉
MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga [@musathevoice] – Ringo Madlingozi’ “Ndiyagodola”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not familiar with this song, but I dig Musa so I’ll wait and see.

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto [@sonke_mazibuko] Zonke’s “Jikizinto”.

Nice song choice by an incredible artist. I think this one will be met with a positive response too. I also think under the mentoring eyes of Ziyon from Liquideep and RJ Benjamin, this one could be a stand out.
ZOË ZANA (19) from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town [@zoe_zana] – Rihanna with “Love The Way You Lie”.

Clever song choice. Rihanna will be in the country in just over a week and so she’s hot on everyone’s lips. Plus, Zoe has a similar hairdo to Rihanna in that vide (sans the colour, but maybe they’ll hook it up for this one).

Lets see how they style her this week.

There’s a great selection of artists, so don’t miss the show this Sunday on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:30. Check out the official site for video interviews, news and more.

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.

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Idols Top 10 announced

Episode 9 - Amy

And so the culling continues… Idols season 9 has narrowed down the hopefuls to just ten and one of the names below will be the new South African Idol.

BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town [@TaintonBenjamin]

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga [@brenden_praise]

BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg [@BunnyMajaja]

CHRISTINA WILLIAMS (21) from Port Elizabeth [@_c_williams]

CRYSTALENE NAIR (24) from Durban [@CrystaleneNair]

INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) from Phalaborwa in Limpopo province [@innocentmabushe]

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga [@musathevoice]

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto [@sonke_mazibuko]

TUMI LESENJANE (21) from Midrand [@mizzt100]

And ZOË ZANA (19) from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town [@zoe_zana]

Question is, who’s got your vote?

Idols SA Top 16 revealed

Bunny
Can you believe it? We’re down to the top 16 already in this season of #IdolsSA. Did you watch the show? DRAMA.com huh? Alas, these are the top 16 contestants… and one of them will be your new Idol. Who will it be? Have you got any favourites yet?

AMY JONES (20) from Paarl in the Western Cape

BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga

BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg

CARLÉ VAN DEVENTER (30) from Centurion in Gauteng

CHRISTINA WILLIAMS (21) from Port Elizabeth

CRYSTALENE NAIR (24) from Newlands West in Durban

INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) from Phalaborwa in Limpopo province

JONO JOHANSEN (16) from Glenwood in Durban

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) from Kensington in Cape Town

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga

PHILIP DUBE (20) from Kempton Park in Gauteng

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto

TAUNA COLLIER (26) from Morningstar in Cape Town

TUMI LESENJANE (21) from Midrand

ZOË ZANA (19) from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town
Next week the top 8 guys will sing for your votes. Lines close on Monday and the results will be announced on Tuesday evening. Then the following week, the girls will take to the stage in Pretoria, all in the hopes of getting one step closer to one of the most coveted titles on South African TV.