Musa wins #IdolsSA

Musa wins Idols!

Musa Sukwene (26), the gentle giant from eMalahleni made history tonight when hebecame the first contestant ever from Mpumalanga Province to win Idols SA!

The competition between Musa and runner-up 19 year old Brenden Ledwaba from Graskop, also in Mpumalanga, was neck-and-neck over the tense final week of the competition and in the end Musa won by a narrow margin of just over 1 000 votes.

“We have never experienced such a close race before on Idols SA,” commented Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity and Special Projects. “It’s testament to the calibre of the contestants as well as the passion of the fans. It’s fantastic to be able to provide such a phenomenal platform for untapped local singing talent.”

As the winner of Idols SA Season 9 Musa walked away tonight with over a million Rand in prizes:

 

–       A R60 000 voucher towards state-of-the-art musical instruments, as well as a Bi-Wizz Scooter valued at R20 000, from Idols sponsor YAMAHA;

–       a monitor system valued at over R57 000 and Premiere Wireless Technology Shure UHF-R® Wireless Microphone Systems valued at over R40 000 from SHURE MICROPHONES;

–       R30 000 in fashion vouchers from Idols clothing sponsor Truworths;

–       R350 000 cash from SAMSUNG, an All Share set worth over R50 000 as well as R350 000 from Idols SA.

–       A brand new Ford Fiesta 1.0 (1 litre) Ecoboost Titanium Valued at R238 600 from FORD;

–       And of course the ultimate Idols prize: a recording contract from UNIVERSAL MUSIC SOUTH AFRICA.

Universal will release a 4-track mini-album from their latest Idols SA superstar in time for Christmas, and it will be available exclusively for Samsung customers to download and keep from the KLEEK music app.

Fans can download the Kleek music app from Samsung Apps and the Google Play store, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

As Idols SA Season 9 runner-up, Brenden also didn’t go home empty-handed tonight. He took home R10 000 in fashion vouchers from Truworths – and so did the third runner up Sonke Mazibuko; and lastly a R100 000 cheque from Idols SA for his contribution to making Season 9 such a hit season.

Both Brenden and Musa’s original singles are still available for download and their music videos are on the official Idols website at www.mnet.co.za/Idols.

To download Brenden’s single “Fingerprints” simply SMS his number 01 to 39200 and for Musa’s single “I Still Feel It” SMS his number 09 to 39200. Each download costs R15.

M-Net and Mzansi Magic also announced tonight that there would be another season of Idols in 2014. Auditions for the tenth season will kick off in February andwannabe Idols can jot down the following audition dates in their diaries:

 

15 February – Johannesburg – Carnival City

22 February – Durban – Playhouse Theatre

7March – Cape Town – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

22 March – Pretoria – State Theatre

 

To stay on top of the latest Idols SA news, 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 support Musa and Brenden directly at @musathevoice and@brenden_praise.

 

Idols SA is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

 

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#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.

Episode 26 - Brenden, image 02

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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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 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?

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.

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.