Idols 8: Khaya versus Melissa

This season of South African Idol has been one of the best yet. The talent has been great, but there can only be one. On Tuesday evening we find out who between Khaya Mthethwa and Melissa Allison is named as the new South African Idol. The obvious assumption is that Khaya will win. I was in the recording on Friday night and judging by the reactions there, it’s Khaya’s title. But stranger things have happened. While people are sharing their obvious favourite on the social networks, it’s votes that count and so don’t count Melissa out of this.

For me, he is the better singer of the two, but that isn’t to say that Melissa wont have a career in music. In fact, I think she is going to do extremely well if she doesn’t win. It’s so tight, so close. Voting lines are still open and will be open until 10pm tomorrow night. Do your bit… You don’t have a reason to moan if you don’t vote. I’m just saying.

Good luck to both of them. I’ll be at Tuesday’s announcement, so stay tuned for more on this.



Idols Top 10

The Idols Top 10 was announced during last night’s live broadcast from the Soweto Theatre, which featured performances from Zahara, Zakes Bantwini and Arno Carstens. In case you missed it here are the Idols Top 10:

Chloe Kiley (24) from Cape Town
Dominic Neill (20) from Johannesburg
Khaya Mthethwa (25) from Durban
Melissa Allison (23) from Port Elizabeth
Monde Msutwana (30) from Pretoria
Nosipho Mngomezulu (22) from Shoshanguve
Obakeng Ramaboa (26) from Munsieville
Shekhinah “Sheki” Donnell (17) from Durban
Simphiwe Gwegwe (23) from Port Nolloth
Tshidi Tenyane (28) from Thokoza

I predicted that Dumi, Jean, Matt and Treasure would go but as for the rest, I had no idea who would stay and who would go. Needless to say I’m happy with this bunch of singers. I think South African voters got it right and I really do believe this is the strongest group we’ve had in a long time.