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SA's Got Talent – Live Semi-final 3

2009-11-12 08:35

Since when is saving the worst for last a good idea? Most of Wednesday night's seven acts succumbed to their nerves and basically just toted their talent in front of the crowd out of contractual obligation. It's like they had all given up already... except for Kalon Badenhorst.

So chomp chomp, my words are mighty tasty. A few weeks ago I saw Kalon as not much more than another kid dancer like Bradley Hartmann (what ever happened to him?) and he was just a little campy for my taste. Last night however, he won me over with the Justin Timberlake-ish moves (and the song of course) and the pure joy oozing out of his tiny body. Ian commented that his moves were very inappropriate for an 11-year-old, but he's not there for his morality to be judged. If Miley Cyrus can gyrate against a stripper pole at 15, then Kalon can shake it to "Sexy Back".  With the agility of a gymnast, well practiced technique and obviously the most important attribute – the cute kid factor – he stood head, shoulders and a dog above the rest of the acts. And the public agreed when he garnered the most votes.

We aren't told who gets the least votes, but I bet it was Ingrid and Yvonne with their dogs Dezi and Ruby. I don't get why they made the top 21 in the first place. Two tannies leading their dogs through their legs wearing sparkly outfits isn't entertaining or particularly indicative of a 'talent', unless it's dog whispering. And they didn't do that well either as one of the dogs kept barking and freaking out on stage. Poor pooch. It's closer to animal cruelty than acrobatics.

Juggler Louis Cason totally dropped the ball... quite a few, in fact. Also, not much more you can do as a juggler than juggle. This is what happens when you go for 'diversity' over talent. Yes, we're showcasing the country's variety of talent, but don't embarrass us now. We have enough politicians and sports teams handling that portfolio already.

I felt very sorry for Gregory Mabusela. I love the keke horn, and he played it better last night than in his audition, but it was seriously out of tune. And how do you tune a keke horn? Only Gregory knows. Hopefully he'll get his (tuned) keke horn orchestra some day.

Young Julian Hepburn sang "Mack the Knife" and as the song progressed, his voice grew bigger. He does have a really good voice, and he could be Michael Bublé's chubby second cousin. While he is talented, he didn't make me scream, giggle or go "aaawwww!".  And that's what gets the votes.

I knew that Kalon would be the favourite, but I had no idea who would take the second finale spot. I thought Cadence were pretty good, even though they were out of sync every now and then. But just for being a bad-ass girl group, I'd have wanted to see them tonight.  Louis and Willem sang "O Sole Mio" with great aplomb and they really do look the part of opera singers, don't they? I would have never guessed that South Africans enjoy a little opera, but hey, that's diversity for you. Are they the new Paul Potts? As good as they are, I reckon the competition tonight is really between the Top 3.

We all know who the favourites are, because they got the most votes. George, Darren and Kalon are each other's biggest competition. The other three finalists do indeed have an opportunity to up their game and win you over, but is your mind made up yet? I know mine is...

To recap, here are the six finalists you'll be voting for tonight in the grand finale:

George Avakian, 19              – beatboxer
Louwtjie Rothman, 18         – guitar virtuoso
Darren Rajbal, 19                 – hip-hop dancer
Cleo Filander, 8                    – singer
Kalon Badenhorst, 11          – contemporary dancer
Willem and Louis vd Merwe  – opera singing brothers

*The SA's Got Talent Grand Finale will air tonight (Thursday) on SABC 2 at 19:30 with the live results show at 21:30.

Check out videos of the performances, judges' blogs, pics, polls and more at the official site.
Episode 3 was the special ed class of this otherwise all-star talent pool.

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