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Idols SA: Top 6 take to the stage for two performances

2018-10-15 08:30
 
Idols SA top 6

Cape Town - After a spectacular showstopper show last week, Idols continues to push Mzansi’s future superstars to the max. 

On Sunday the top six performed two songs each, a first for this season’s live shows. 

The first round, dubbed the Celebration of SA Music, was based on an artist or group that inspires each contestant. The second round was inspired by Love Songs, and saw the safe six serenading the audience at the State Theatre in Pretoria as well as the multitude of fans watching from home.

In no particular order, Proverb called out the ones who had the received the bulk of the almost 11 million votes over the past week. 

Thato was the first to make it on stage and picked the legendary Ray Phiri, lead singer of the inimitable Stimela, as his inspiration.

His first song was the band’s Where Did We Go Wrong.

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

For round two he sang Usher’s U Got It Bad. 

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: Sceptic Somizi made an about-turn from his initial impression, calling Thato “smooth, sexy and memorable”. Randall didn’t hold back: “The late Ray Phiri would have loved that performance, and you made this [Usher] look so easy. I think you’ll slip to the top.” 


Nosipho followed with her musical heroine Zahara’s Destiny.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

Her love song was Beyoncé’s Halo, a performance that received a positive response from the judges.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: “After two weeks of bad reviews, I really felt that tonight we saw a whole new Nosipho,” said Randall. Somizi agreed, saying he “accepts” her for who she is and that’s who her audience loves. “Stay true to yourself!” he said.


Niyaaz was next to hear his name called. He named Afropop group Micasa as his inspiration, performing their timeless smash hit Jika.

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

He followed up with Crazy Love by Brian McKnight.

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: The judges concurred that he seems to have found his niche.


Thando received mixed reviews for her rendition of Thandiswa Mazwai’s Nizalwa Ngobani.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

She followed with Whitney Houston's ballad, I Believe in You and Me.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: Somizi gave her a standing ovation for the first song because “she sang it young and fresh” but Randall felt both performances were distinctly “cabaret” and wasn’t impressed. 


King B gave an passionate performance of Kelly Khumalo’s Baby Please, gaining a standing ovation from both Somizi and Unathi.

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

His follow-up was Adele’s Make You Feel My Love, accompanied by just piano.

WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: Unathi said she couldn’t wait to be invited to his one-man show so she can listen to him for three hours. Randall said King B could go through with just one song while others sing two. Somizi simply said “magnifique”.


Towards the end of Round One, it came down to Yanga and Xae, who nervously clutched hands as they waited for Proverb to announce who received the least votes for the week. The curtain fell on Xae.

Yanga gave a fervent performance of Zahara’s Xa Bendingena Mama to a full house standing ovation.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

She later closed up the show with If This Isn’t Love by Jennifer Hudson.

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE HERE

THE VERDICT: Somizi was bowled over, saying she fed his “spirit” and that he prayed for her to “make it to the end of this marathon”. But it was Unathi who rightfully announced she deserved bragging rights because she’d fought for her during Theatre Week. “It’s a Yanga overload and a wonderful overload!”

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

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