Idols SA: The live rounds kick off in style

2017-08-28 12:22

Johannesburg - The first live show of Idols Season 13 was a spectacular celebration of all things music and talent!

From the opening sequence in which the eight contestants performed the ghetto fabulous Bongo Maffin hit, Thath’iSgubhu, to enjoying the toe-tapping tune Tigi by Sands, Idols 13 was officially off on a high.

The theme was Break Out Hits, a fitting theme considering Sunday night was the first major step into stardom for our own Idols.

The performances

Gugu Zulu was the first of the Group One contestants to face the full glare of the cameras, a live audience, judges and home viewers. She chose Letta Mbulu’s There’s Music in the Air.

“You didn’t blow the roof off. It was like watching a stage show,” was Randall’s unimpressed verdict. Unathi concurred, encouraging her to be unapologetic in her singing going forward.

Watch her performance here

Things marginally improved with Phindy’s performance of Adele’s Chasing Pavements. While Randall’s critique was about consistency, Unathi waxed lyrical about Phindy’s “masterpiece” feat.

Watch her performance here

Lindo took to the stage to croon Maxwell’s Lifetime – and finally showed the judges he was more than just a “one-trick pony with a likable personality” as Unathi put it. With the judges predicting that Mzansi will fall in love with him, only the votes will tell.

Watch his performance here

Attitude was served by Paxton, who chose Alessia Cara’s Here. Unathi called it the perfect song choice. “I have a feeling you’re going to be here for the Top 10,” she said. Randall voiced his concern about Paxton’s distinct tone, advising her to work hard to avoid becoming a parody later on.

Watch her performance here

The turning point came with Faith’s performance of Brenda Fassie’s Memeza, which recently enjoyed a revival via a cover by Vusi Nova. 

“Based on tonight’s performance, it’s safe to say you’re going to get the majority of votes tonight. You can sleep easy this week,” said Randall. For Unathi, it was Faith’s best performance in her two years of trying out on Idols.

Watch her performance here

Things were looking up, with Christo giving people all the right feels with his rendition of Bruno Mars’ Versace on the Floor. Unathi was “blown away” and Randall called him “very good”.

Watch his performance here

A disappointed Blessed wasn’t showered with compliments by the judges when she sang Promises by Brenda Fassie. Unathi reckoned she was unconvincing, while Randall felt she never took off “from second gear”. 

Watch her performance here

Fortunately Thokozile closed off the show on a high note. Unathi declared it the performance of the night and Randall said she had seized the moment that was presented to her.

Watch her performance here

The new in-house mentor

This year, Idols has introduced singer Donald as the in-house technical director who works with the contestants during the week and provides direction and critique after each performance. His overall impression of the first week of live performances? More confidence is needed and contestants need to trust themselves.

How to vote for your favourite

There are three ways to vote this season: SMS, Mobile and Web only.


· To vote for your favourite, SMS their number to 37400
· SMS voting is limited to 100 votes per user.
· Each SMS will cost you R1,50.
· Free SMSs do not apply.


You may also vote for your favourite talent on the Idols SA website
· Click the "Vote" option on the main menu
· Click on “register” and enter your cell phone number as well as a password of your choice (Make sure you follow the international format e.g. +27 73 123 4567)
· Once you've registered you will receive an OTP (One Time Pin) via SMS.
· Enter your OTP
· Once you’re done registering you will be able to vote.


· Select the contestant you want to vote for.
· Enter your number of votes and cast your vote by clicking “VOTE”.
· Votes on the website are limited to 100 votes per user.
· Website votes are free.
· Data costs apply.

Next week, Group Two of the Top 16 will give their all as they fight for their spot in the Top 10. 

Tune in to Idols SA Sundays at 17:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

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