Idols SA – Tumi eliminated

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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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Recap: Idols Top 8 boys

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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 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

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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.

Idols SA – top 18 announced

The new season of South African Idols is in full swing. The top 18 contestants were named during tonight’s dramatic final judgement and you can see the list below. I must just say that this is a very strong bunch of contestants and for the first time in a long time I’m really excited about this season. They’re really strong and I think we’re in for a treat in the next couple of weeks.

Candy Mosoma (29) from Pretoria

Chloe Kiley (23) from Cape Town

Dominic Neill (19) from Johannesburg

Dumi Masilela (23) from Kempton Park

Jean Huisman (20) from Stellenbosch

Khaya Mthethwa (25) from Durban

Maryke Buffel (22) from Paarl

Matthew Sampson (21) from Cape Town

Melissa Alison (23) from Port Elizabeth

Monde Msutwana (30) from Pretoria

Nosipho Mngomezulu (21) from Soshanguve

Obakeng Ramaboa (26) from Munciville

Shekhinah Donnell (17) from Durban

Sihle Ndaba (22) from Ermelo

Simphiwe Gwegwe (23) from Port Nolloth

Thabisa Mhlakulwana (29) from Port Elizabeth

Treasure Mushwana (20) from Tzaneen

Tshidi Tenyane (28) from Thokoza

SAMA 18 Yellow Carpet pics

The annual South African Music Awards took place at the Sun City Super Bowl on Monday evening. As to be expected the lovely Zahara stole the show, scooping at least eight trophies at the coveted music awards. Big up to her and big up to Randall Abrahams and his team for an incredible event. What a huge success. The yellow carpet is something that us working media need to work on. There is such a thing as etiquette and we still haven’t figured that out, but all in due course I guess. Alas, here are a few pictures from the yellow carpet. Above is the beautiful and incredible Bonang Matheba, wearing Gert-Johan Coetzee.

Vuzu‘s Lalla wearing David Tlale.

Top Billing’s Lorna Maseko in Thula Sindi.

Dancer and singer Somizi Mhlongo in David Tlale and shoes by Alexander McQueen.

Thembi Seete and her fiance looking good.

One of my absolute best, it’s the lovely Lira.

5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana in Loin Cloth & Ashes.

The beautiful Boity.

Headline Mzansi presenter, Kuli Roberts.

Miss South Africa Melinda Bam looking gorgeous in yellow. She told me yellow is her colour… true story, she won the title of Miss SA in a yellow dress. Lovely Melinda.

SAMA stars Mi Casa and Unathi Msengana grab a picture together in the midst of all the yellow carpet madness.

Five-time nominee Zakwe chats to 5FM’s Poppy.

SAMA 18: Ray Phiri, Vusi Mahlasela honoured

Check out this short clip of what Ray Phiri and Vusi Mahlasela had to say about their long, illustrious and successful careers in music. The two were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the SAMA Industry Awards at the weekend.

The countdown to Idols is on

Today I find myself at the Sun City complex out in the North West Province. The reason for my visit it to catch a glimpse of this year’s talent in the hit singing show Idols.  The field has been narrowed down from thousands of hopefuls to just a handful today and while I wont be able to share too much of what happens until you all see it on TV, I’m sure I can sneak a few pics of the judges and possibly some of the hopefuls who are in the running to be the new Idol.

This year I’m hoping to see a lot more soulful singers and I’ll put it out there, I think it’s time we have a female winner again. The boy’s club is cool and they’ve all done well in their respective days since Idols, but it’s time for a lady to win I feel. Look it’s based on votes and may the best person win, but this is just what I’m hoping will transpire. I’ve heard a few murmurs since I’ve been here of some of the interesting personalities you’ll get to see in this season… and I don’t mean the contestants or the judges, I mean a few TV personalities who you will love. Stay tuned, more to follow…

UPDATE:

The contestants I saw performing yesterday were great. They’re a very soulful bunch this year and I’m glad to see that. I don’t know who went through though, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when the show airs on M-Net and Mzansi Magic this June. What I can say is that there are a few familiar faces (seasons gone by) that are there. If you watched another reality show a few years back on M-Net, you might recognise two of the young ladies too. There’s a soccer player turned singer who will get a lot of ladies voting no doubt and then there are a few other interesting characters too. It’s going to be a great season no doubt!

SAMA nominations day

Today South Africa’s musicians find out if they’re on the list of nominees up for a coveted South African Music Award. The SAMAs are heading back to Sun City this year, thank goodness. The awards ceremony will be held over two days, 29th and 30th of April. In addition to a more refined list of categories, this year’s awards will be organised by the revered Randall Abrahams. No room for messing around or stuff ups, well if Randall has anything to do with it.

I’m heading off to the Turbin Hall in just a bit to find out who the nominees for this year’s awards are. I’ll get that list up on here as soon as I can. I can’t wait.

My Idols favourites so far

The new season of Idols is well underway now. I must admit I tend to agree with judge Gareth Cliff when he said Polokwane lacked a bit of talent. There were a few hopefuls I liked but for the most part they weren’t great. So when I watched the beginning of the show last night, I thought to myself oh boy Durban, where did all your talent go? Well that was until some of these contestants showed up. First up you can see Jonathan Grayston (pictured above), who still gives me goosebumps! Yoh, what a pleasant surprise. Kid is amazeballs! Watch his audition here.

Prime Zulu entered the competition last year. When he sang I was sold, so were the judges. Unfortunately he didn’t last very long in the top 100. He’s now back and he has a second chance. I still think he’s got the goods to make it big. Plus his version of Beyonce’s Hello was touching. Watch his audition and let me know what you think.

16-year-old Shekhinah Donnell has a good back story. The young starlet shared her story about being adopted when she was younger. Her father encouraged her to enter the competition and boy did it pay off.

She blew every one of the judges away with her version of crack is whack Amy Winehouse’s song Rehab. She even got a hug from the normally cold-as-ice Randall Abrahams. Watch her audition now.

Another youngster who performed really nicely was Josslynn Hlenti. The 20-year-old PA entered in the hopes of hitting it big and making enough money to improve both her and her family’s lifestyle. I’ve seen her before but I can’t quite seem to place hey. Anyone who can help, that would be rad! A few other names to watch out for: Erin Fourie, Phillip Du PlessisSibusiswe Jali and according to the judges Melissa Allison too. This girl you might recognise from another reality show called High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa.

Some people you wont fortunately or unfortunately get to see too much of:

Kurt’s biggest critic Zandrie. “He doesnt haf da punch dat more English songs have for me.” Needless to say she had Unathi in tears- and I’m sure many others around the country.

Reece Jude Morgan. His dress sense is enough to make you LOL all over the place 😉 There was a girl who was told to show off her ‘range’ by removing her clothes. Her name is Paige and she wasn’t the ugliest person I’ve ever seen in my life 😉 We could see her again.

I’m told the Joburg auditions this weekend are just as good as the Durban ones. Tune in this Sunday at 17:30 on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv.