Idols bids farewell to Simphiwe

2012-09-12 07:46
Cape Town - Port Nolloth native Simphiwe Gwegwe has missed out on his Idols dream after getting voted out of Idols SA season 8.

Simphiwe, 23, received the least number of votes and ended up in the bottom 2 along with 30-year-old marketing assistant and radio presenter, Monde.

But unfortunately for Simphiwe, there were not enough votes in his favour this week. The judges also decided yet again not to use their save, leaving Simphiwe out of the running.

That leaves the remaining Idols making up the Top 4 - Melissa, Tshidi, Monde and Khaya - to battle it out in next week's Homebrew theme, as they perform proudly South African songs.

Simphiwe's version of the Bob Marley classic No Woman No Cry in the first round drew criticism from the judges. "You have a tendency to over-sing," Randall cautioned.

Unathi was more positive but added, "I wish you could take the lyrical message of the song more seriously."

For his second performance he sang Bonnie Raitt's powerful ballad I Can’t Make You Love Me, as chosen by Gauteng radio station Highveld 94.7. "Simphiwe, I actually believed you!" gushed Gareth. "And I think you had the audience eating out of your hand," he added.

But Randall was having none of it: "Once again I thought it was over sung, histrionic and heartless," he told Simphiwe.

Watch the Top 4 perform on M-Net and Mzansi Magic this Sunday, 16 September at 17:30.

Take a look at Simphiwe's Idols journey:

* How do you rate the Top 4 contestants? Is it really Khaya's competition to lose? Send us your predictions for how the rest of season 8 is going to play out - - and get published!


  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-12 09:23

    Simphiwe. Ons Namakwalanders gaan le nie. Chin up. Continue performing. You are still young. Good luck! Mooi loop ou maat!

      elrichsarah.cloete - 2012-09-12 10:25

      Simphiwe you will always be Namaqualand's Idol and all of us here at Radio NFM 98.1 are so so proud of you!!

  • petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-09-12 10:06

    I thought there was an article saying that Khaya won the whole thing? Yes, googled it just now and some people say he is the winner.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-12 10:53

      I heard the judges had to vote for black contestants this time around to get more black viewership, as Afrikaas people love interacting with tv(by casting votes etc) so in a nutshell Idols is rigged! - 2012-09-12 12:38

      Who do you think should have been in the top 18 or 30 besides the ones selected. - 2012-09-14 12:52

      My money is on Melissa and then Tsidi. Khaya is good but I think he's getting bored. He might still win, but I do not think he will do well after Idols.

  • Robert - 2012-09-12 11:20

    Pity. He was one of the better who at least could hold a note or two not that he felldown from time to time. I am still astonished at the poor standard of contestants this year. The judges seem oblivious to the off key singing. Switch off time. - 2012-09-14 12:53

      They all were off last week. It was terrible. Why don't they choose songs that are current?

  • lynnmoore1234 - 2012-09-12 19:37

    Is it politically correct to call this man a `native'??? Just checking

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-19 09:03

    so its now crystal clear khaya is going to win it now that thsidi and simphiwe have been booted out

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