Capetonian wows Simon Cowell's X Factor

2011-11-21 09:45
Jana Breytenbach
Cape Town - One of the four members of the band Lakoda Rayne, who is a contestant on American reality series The X Factor USA, is originally from Cape Town.

Dani Knights, or rather Danielle van Zyl, 22, is originally from Durbanville and describes herself on Twitter as a "genuine boeremeisie" that likes to "walk barefoot whenever I can".

The group currently stands a chance to win a recording contract of around R41m.

Van Zyl moved to Minnesota in America 13 years ago when her father found work there.

Top nine

"I dream through this. It's hard work and little sleep," she wrote on Twitter on November 7.

Van Zyl also said South African groups such as Goldfish, Locnville and The Heuwels Fantasties are some of her favourites.

She has worked as a nanny and waiter, but was determined to be a singer and initially auditioned as a solo singer.

After the judges - which include Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger - put her through to the next round, the group was established. Van Zyl is the oldest member of the group, which also consists of Paige Elizabeth, 18, Hayley Orrantia, 17 and Cari Fletcher, 17. The group made it through to the top nine on Sunday.

The X Factor USA is broadcast on Saturdays at 18:00 and Sundays at 16:15 on M-Net.

Watch Lakoda Rayne perform during the Top 12 of The X Factor:


  • Barbara - 2011-11-21 10:24

    Yey!! CT features in X-Factor USA thanks to our Durbanville meise Dani Knights!!

  • Klipkop - 2011-11-21 11:01

    Dani Knights sounds like a porn star type name to me. What is wrong with her real name!?

      Wanita - 2011-11-21 11:54

      Every Danielle I know uses the nickname Dani.

      Klipkop - 2011-11-21 12:05

      I dont mind Dani but Knights!! and the combo sounds.. By the way my name is also Dani.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-21 11:26

    Good to know there is some local Sa iterest in the X-factor show! But what intrigued me last night was the 'attitude' of Astro - so arrogant and rude towards the judges because he was in the bottom 2. Although I thought the lady was the contestant to go I would have voted him off just because of that!!!!

      Brenda - 2011-11-21 12:00

      I totally agree - on principle I would have voted him off !!!!!!!!

  • des.rentel - 2011-11-21 12:21

    Awesome...the Cape has some good singers!!

  • Preshen - 2011-11-21 12:32

    she fit also

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-21 18:34

    Can't wait for this group to be voted out. They not that great. There's people in the top9 who wow on their own, these guys are 4, yet they still need back-up singers. Non sense. Can't believe the lil rap boy was bottom 2 of votes. It shows again the voting patterns of americans- they just couldn't not have a couple blonde girls in the top9. Just like they did in American Idol few yrs back- the only reason Adam Lambert didnt win was cos they hasitated to vote for some1 gay to be Idols winner. They always vote for everything other than talent. And tell me now- does anyone even remember who won that yrs Idol?

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