More hype than bang! Idols showstopper night wasn't all that!

2015-10-12 12:47

Cape Town – The showstopper theme is one of the biggest nights in the Idols season.

Dancers, a live band and awesome sets take center stage as the contestants pull out all the stops to stay in the game.

Was it enough? According to Twitter it was a hit. I might be a cynic but I expected a bit more from the contestants. It just wasn't all it was hyped up to be.

Let’s take a moment for that opening number. It was the boys vs the girls when they performed Taylor Swift’s, Bad Blood.

Watch it here:

By the looks of it the song was pre-recorded and I understand why that actually makes sense, too much can go wrong if done live. But seriously though at least sing in time. And #autotunefail. It was terrible.

This time around the producers took everyone’s advice (thank you) and decided to put the eliminated contestant out of their misery early.

I was as shocked as the judges when ProVerb announced that Lungisa was the first guy to leave the competition. Look, you know I wasn’t his biggest fan but there was someone else who had to leave... (I’m looking at you Siphelele).

With that out of the way the contestants took to the stage.

First up was Amanda with Cee-Lo Green’s, Forget You. She started off shaky and off key with that little switch up. It did get better and this time around she looked like she was actually having some fun. This performance will get her into top 6.
Rating: 2/5

Rhema took on Chris Brown’s, Fine China. Is it just me or is he just getting better every week. His vocals were on point and the arrangement showed off all his strengths. Yes he didn’t move much and his dance moves weren’t of the best but come on that voice makes up for all of that!
Rating: 4/5

Everyone’s favourite Mmatema sang Whitney Houston’s, I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Sigh. I’m probably the only person in SA who wasn’t blown away by it. There was a lot happening in the song, all those changes I couldn’t keep up. Did she have a good performance? Yes, she had the dance moves and the stage presence down. Was she the best singer of the night? Not really.
Rating: 3/5

Despite the odds Siphlele returned to the stage for round 7. He clearly took Somizi’s advice to heart and stuck to what he does best. Look, the song and arrangement totally suited him and he sure can move. It was an OK performance. But when it comes to vocal ability he’s just not up there with the other contestants.
Rating: 2/5

Loyiso is usually a star performer but this one was a bit off. It just lacked that ‘Loyisoness’ I’ve come to like. He is usually so good at choosing songs but this one didn’t do him justice. The song was definitely out of his comfort zone and it sounded like he was trying to play catch up to the song. Not so exciting this week.
Rating: 2/5

Shem, poor Dineo. Even Somizi wasn’t happy with this one. Everything was just wrong, bad song choice, bad little spaceship theme they had going, (what was that opening anyway). Her performance was flat and off key. This might just be her one last time.
Rating: 1/5

Welcome back Karabo. He shut it down with Calvin Harris’, Blame It On Me. He definitely got his spark back. He danced and sang the heck out of that song. That performance cannot be faulted. That is all.
Rating: 4/5

Watch all the performances here.

(Photographs: Supplied by M-Net)

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