#IdolsSA – Meet this year’s Top 16

Lungisa Sun City

It’s the worst show of every season of Idols because it’s so drawn out, but the drama brings the viewers and the ratings. So it must be done. If you don’t have the patience to sit around and wait to see who of the 29 make the Top 16, let me make it a little easier for you. Here are the season 11 #IdolsSA contestants:

  • Amanda Antony (22) for whom Idols SA has been a true rollercoaster ride. In 2013 she famously made it to Sun City when Unathi gave her a Golden Ticket in PE after Algoa FM had spotted her great singing talent, but then she bombed out during Hell Week. She has recently completed her Music Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
  • Spunky Bridgitt Leahy (18) who blew the judges away with her original song at the Durban auditions. She hails from Creighton in the Southern Drakensberg and currently lives with her mom in Pietermaritzburg, where she is being home-schooled.
  •  Dineo Moseki (21) who lives in Vryburg with her sisters and nieces and nephews, where she works as a full-time professional singer. The pint-sized Dineo has been singing for all of her life, in school choirs and church choirs, and turned professional in 2012.
  • Elwira Standili (22) from Worcester gave up her Management Assistance studies once she won that coveted Golden Ticket at the Idols SA auditions in Cape Town this February.
  • 24-year-old Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit who studied Geoinformatics at the University of Stellenbosch before getting into the Idols SA Season 11 Top 16.
  • Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape is 16, the youngest singer in the competition. Up until now he was a learner at Muir College in Uitenhage.
  • Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Langa in the Cape gave up his studies in medical bioscience at the University of the Western Cape to pursue his musical dreams full-time, for the sake of his two-year-old daughter.
  • Mmatema Moreni (23) from Limpopo qualified as a professional linguist who speaks four languages. Before she entered Idols she also worked as a part-time marketing assistant and worked for her church on the side.
  •  20-year-old Business Management student Nadia Herbst from Paarl has already won the title of Miss Teen Cape Town and Miss Teen Western Cape, and now she has a third title in her sights: South Africa’s new Idol!
  • 17-year-old Nina Terblanche hails from Nelspruit, where she is a Grade 10 scholar who has Music as a school subject, and she also sings in the school choir and competes in Eisteddfods.
  • Jozi native Phila Madlingozi’s name may sound familiar, because  at age 25 he has starred in drama series like “Intersexions” and “Mutual Friends”, and has posted many of his own music videos on YouTube.
  •  21-year-old Rhema Varrie was encouraged to go into music by his father, a Pastor, who spotted his potential at an early age. Rhema is currently a financial advisor who supports his extended family.
  • Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Somerset West was studying software development at the University of Stellenbosch when he got his Golden Ticket at the Cape Town auditions in February.
  • Shenay O’Brien(25) is making history as the competition’s first drag queen in the voting rounds. Prior to Idols, Shenay shared a home in Roodepoort with her creator, former Tshwane University of Technology drama student and performer Thiart Li.
  •  Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban has been making his living as a singer since 2012. He studied classical singing in school and since matriculating he’s been focusing on gospel and jazz in his hometown of Inanda, near Durban, where he lives with his mother and siblings.
  • Thami Shobede (27) hails from Mthubathuba but is currently based in Johannesburg, where he worked for Transnet before making it into the Top 16 of Idols SA 11. He also plays the bagpipes – a skill he learned while being in the Defence Force.

Catch Idols every Sunday on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00.

Idols season 11 – down to 29

Last night we were introduced to some of the #IdolsSA hopefuls, who managed to score golden tickets from the judges in the initial city auditions. These peops are usually the best, but damn were they battling last night. I’m not sure if it was a severe case of nerves that just rolled through many of the groups, but damn it was bad. I thought the judges were being harsh, but they were on point.

78 made this round, only a few actually made it to Sun City and now we’re down to just 29. These 29 will go on to sing in the individual performances round. Let’s hope they bring their a-games.

Wanting to know who they are? Here’s a list of those who made it through:
Amanda Antony (21) from Port Elizabeth
Amy Lombard (29) from Cape Town
Bridgitt Leahy (18) from Creighton
Busisiwe Mthembu (22) from Springs
Chrystal Worship (26) from Cape Town
Daniel Minnie (19) from Port Elizabeth
Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg
Elwira Standili (22) from Cape Town
John Niel (24) from Pretoria
Karabo Mogane (23) from Nelspruit
Lihle Buthelezi (27) from Ladysmith
Loyiso Gijana (16) from Uitenhage
Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Cape Town
Mandla Bacela (29) from Butterworth
Matthew Kent (22) from Cape Town
Mlondi Mkhize (25) from Illovo
Mmatema Moremi (22) from Pretoria
Nadia Herbst (20) from Paarl
Ndumiso Mahlangu (21) from Carolina
Nina Terblanche (17) from Nelspruit
Nonhle Mhlongo (29) from Durban
Phila Madlingozi (25) from Johannesburg
Rhema Vairrie (20) from Alberton
Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Cape Town
Shenay O’ Brien (24) from Johannesburg
Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban
Sizwe Mthalane (20) from Cato Ridge
Tebogo Louw (23) from Stellenbosch
Thami Shobede (26) from Johannesburg

catch Idols on M-Net and Mzansi Magic every Sunday at 17:00.

 

Hanging out with Vincent Bones

Earlier today I got to meet and Hangout (Google-wise) with #IdolsSA winner, Vincent Bones. The now 30 year-old was crowned the winner of the tenth season during Sunday night’s live finale. Honestly speaking, he is one of the most genuine, down to earth people I have ever met. Very humble, very appreciative and very friendly. Really, really nice guy. Check out the Hangout below:

After the interview I asked (pleaded with) Vincent to please, please, please realise the magnitude of this, the platform he has been given etc. I asked that he use it to its full potential because so often we see these Idols winners take the title and do nothing with it. I wont mention names, but Khaya, Elvis and Heinz have used it really well 😉 Vincent assured me that he plans to use it wisely and fully, which is great to hear. Can’t wait to see his journey continue and to see what sort of music he has in store for us!

 

Idols 10 – Top 8 song choices

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On Sunday evening, we’ll be down to a top eight in this season of Idols. Who wasn’t good enough to stay on? Well that will be established just after 17:00 and then we get to the musical part of the evening. Wondering what your top 8 are singing this week? Here are their song choices:

Nelspruit’s Bongi Silinda (24) chose the Toni Braxton hit “Breathe Again”.

Durbanvile singer Demi Lee (24) plans to perform the Bryan Adams anthem, “Please Forgive Me”.

Kyle Deutschmann (27), the chiropractor from Durban, has prepared The Counting Crows’ “Mr Jones”.

Lize Mynhardt (21) from Stellenbosch is going vintage R’nB with the Boyz II Men classic,  “I’ll Make Love To You”.

London Louw (24) from Cape Town’s song is the Cranberries hit “Zombie”.

eMalahleni’s Musa Mashiane (27) keeps it African with the hit “7 Seconds”, by Youssou N’Dour, featuring Neneh Cherry

Cape Town music student Roxy McVean (19) has selected M-People’s “Moving On Up”.

Tumi Morobane (21) from Johannesburg will be performing Gloria Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around”.

And the worship leader from Pietermaritzburg, Vincent Bones (29), is going with Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk”.

Idols X – 18 contestants from GP get a golden ticket

Idols SA X episode 1 - JHB auditions (29)

The new season of South African Idols kicked off on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday. This is the tenth season of the hit show, that has seen the likes of Heinz Winkler, Zoe Zana, Khaya Mthethwa, Lloyd Cele and Elvis Blue all become household names in Mzansi. The show continues to hit the high notes with audiences and so it’s no surprises Gareth Cliff, Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and host Proverb are all back to find the next best unsigned singer in the land.

I missed the first episode last night but I’m told there were keepers and then there were the shockers. Did you watch? If so, who caught your attention? While I wait to hear from you, here are the 18 names who grabbed the attention of the judges in Johannesburg:

 

Andries Nkhomola (27) from Thembisa, who is a choir director in his local church

Brandon Brits (23), a neurophysiologist from Springs

Busi Ngwenya (23) from Vosloorus, who works as a service consultant in a bank.

Felix Menoe (21) from Potchefstroom

Dineo Moseki (20), who is on a gap year after school and came all the way from Tlhakgameng near Mafikeng in North West Province

Dineo Ramailane (30), a full-time musician from Kimberley

Mfakadolo “Alfred” Tsatsi (27) from Sasolburg

Freddie Wessels (26), a worship leader from Krugersdorp

John Letlojane (29), a professional musician from Carltonville

Lebo Mzimba (19) from Randburg, a newlywed firefighter who is studying mechanical engineering

Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs

Monique Erens, a 17-year-old Matric student from Johannesburg

Nofunda Mabaso (22) a B.Comm Finance Honours student from Crown Gardens

Professor Bhengu (25), who travelled all the way from Durban for the audition

Ricky Booysen (24) from Cresta, who works in a CD store at the moment

Roy Gluckman (26) from Illovo, who gave up Law to pursue music

Sgherdeed Ross (28) from Reiger Park, Boksburg

Sipho Hlatshwayo (26) from Soweto, who is a Debt review consultant.

 

Who knows, one these hopefuls could be the new South African Idol…

#IdolsSA, MasterChef SA return

M-Net continues to bring you more reality TV in 2014. The channel announced yesterday that it will once again be bringing viewers new seasons of the hit shows, Idols and MasterChef. Do you think you have what it takes to be a singing sensation or the food world’s biggest legend just waiting to be discovered? Well then, best you take note of the following audition dates:

MASTERCHEF SA AUDITIONS:
·         Saturday, 15 February in Durban at Suncoast Casino, or
·         Saturday, 22 February in Cape Town at Southern Sun The Cullinan, or
·         Saturday, 1 March in Johannesburg at The Pivot Conference Centre (at Southern Sun Montecasino).

Click on the link for details on how to prepare for your audition www.mnet.co.za/masterchefsa and search for the MasterChef SA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). Note you must be over 18 and someone who has not cooked professionally.
IDOLS AUDITIONS:

·         Saturday, 15 February – Johannesburg – Carnival City
·         Saturday, 22 February – Durban – Playhouse Theatre
·         Sunday, 9 March – Cape Town – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
·         Saturday, 22 March – Pretoria – State Theatre

For more info on #IdolSA go to www.mnet.co.za/idolssa.