#IdolsSA – It’s Brenden vs Musa in the finale

Episode 26 - Musa, image 06    And then there were two… Next week #IdolsSA season 9 comes to an end and we’ll get to find who between Musa Sukwene and Brenden Ledwaba will be crowned the new South African Idol. It has been a fantastic season with some great talent and to be honest, I’m not really too sad if either one of them wins. I dig them both. I’ll say this much though, personally I dig Musa a lot. He has a presence, a great energy and he commands attention when he takes to the stage. What are your thoughts? Who are you digging? Share your thoughts and to read the full press release, scroll down.

Idols 9: Top 3 Results

It’s Brenden and Musa in the tightest final ever!

The voters have spoken in the most hotly contested season of Idols SA ever and 26-year-old MUSA SUKWENE from eMalahleni and BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop are going to be battling it out in the nailbiting Finalé of Idols Season 9.

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto fell at the final hurdle in tonight’s (Tuesday, 19 November) Top 3 Results Show, live from the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria, losing his chance to sing in the all-important final showdown.

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This competition was so close that after their three rounds of performances in the Top 3 Spectacular on Sunday, Brenden and Musa were both at the bottom of the polls in one round and at the top of the polls in another, with Sonke, who has never been in the bottom three throughout the season, consistently stuck in the middle for all three rounds.

“It is always sad to have to say goodbye to a contestant this close to the final,” M-Net’s Head of M-Net Publicity and Special Projects Lani Lombard said tonight. “But that is the nature of Idols and Sonke can take comfort in the fact that we have never seen voting results as close as we did this season. It’s been a neck-and-neck race and in this final week of voting the pressure really is on like never before. It’s going to be an exhilarating Idols Finale.”

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Idols SA Top 5 spectacular

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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.

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 Top 8 boys song choices

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So earlier this week, the names of the top 16 Idols contestants were announced. For the most part, everyone is happy but the noticeable absence of the twins has caused quite a stir. Alas, the decision has been made and I don’t foresee any changes being made. So forward we go… On Sunday viewers will get to see the guys on stage and if you’re wondering what they’ll be singing, then check out the list below:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) – Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up.
Big song… No pressure!

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) – Rihanna’s “Stay”.
If he nails this one, he might just secure his place in the top 5 and more.

INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. 
Fun song. It seems easy, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it appears. This will be interesting.

JONATHAN ‘JONO’ JOHANSEN (16)- The Script’s “Millionaires”.
Fun, pop song. It’s kinda safe… my opinion.

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) Eric Benet’s “Harriet Jones”.
I don’t know the song, but I dig him and I think his interpretation of the song will be a good one.

MAKHOSONKE “SONKE” MAZIBUKO (21) – Rihanna’s “Diamonds”.
Big song, it’ll get people singing along… Lets hope their voices don’t drown his voice out 😉
PHILIP DUBE (20) – R. Kelly’s “Believe In Me”.
Always a popular artist to sing. I’m looking forward to this one.
MUSA SUKWENE (26) – Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”.

Love this song… Lets see how Musa does.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Don’t forget you can see all the interviews, videos and a lot more news on the official site.

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.