This past Sunday’s ‘Idols SA’ performances were nothing but a great journey into 3 different genres all under one night as the contestants took to the stage to tackle gospel classics, songs by their own idols and amapiano hits.
All the four contestants opened up the show with them being paired with for some spiritually uplifting performances that bowled over the judges. ZanoThando took to the stage first with a duet with Dr Rebecca Malope, performing the Doctor’s hit, “Ngegazi Lemvana“.
Even though was voted out of the competition, Randall Abrahams gave ZanoThando the thumbs up, saying the performance proved last week was not a fluke. “You did really well on ‘Angelina’ last week and … you really did well on this,” he said. Both Unathi Nkayi and Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung were in agreement, with Unathi adding that the judges had been hard on him over the weeks because they had seen his potential.
In the #IdolsSA Top 3, Brandon, along with Mr Music!
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Brandon performed with Benjamin Dube, taking on his song “El-Shaddai Adonai”, which Randall described using words once used for American music legend Sam Cooke – “a combination of sandpaper and honey that together was more special than the separate elements”. Unathi said the performance was phenomenal, while Somizi said he had held his own in a combination that he said worked perfectly.
Zama came through with her gospel duet with Ntokozo Mbambo, singing “In The Shadow”, which had Randall declaring it her best performance yet. Moved to tears, Unathi said she knew all along that this is what she is capable of, with Somizi saying she and Ntokozo were a match made in heaven and she had held her own.
Mr Music closed off the top three with his duet with the incredible Dr Tumi. Singing “Udumo”, the duo impressed the judges with Randall saying they gave a good performance, but at the same time encouraging Mr Music to go for the big notes. Unathi said it was his best performance to date, while Somizi said their pairing was genius. “This worked like magic – it was beautiful,” he said.
“Through Mzansi Magic’s new partnership with Kalawa Jazmee, we are excited that our remaining contestants will in the coming week record their singles with a record label that has built the careers of some of SA’s most loved musicians. This is arguably their first real taste of stardom, but for us, they became stars from the moment they auditioned – and over the weeks, we have seen them shine brighter and brighter,” says Nomsa Philiso, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.
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