Niyaaz on Idols SA exit: ‘I’m ready to get out there’

2018-10-29 11:59
 
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Cape Town - It all came down to Niyaaz and King B to complete the Idols SA top four – and in the end Niyaaz didn’t secure enough votes to stay in the competition.

Niyaaz Arendse was eliminated in the live show, which aired on Sunday evening on Mzansi Magic.

We caught up with the 22-year-old from Ottery in Cape Town to chat about his elimination, being on Idols – and his plans for the future.

How do you feel about the elimination?

I’m obviously disappointed – not disappointed in myself but rather at the fact that I didn’t go through. But I’m proud of myself for making it this far, I never thought that I would reach the top five. So I’m sad but happy at the same time.

I’m excited for what the future holds, and I’m ready to get out there and do my thing.

How far did you think you’d make it?

I’m all about being optimistic. I told myself that I wanted to win this competition but at the same time you have to leave room for the disappointment, so you don’t crash as hard.

In the beginning of the competition I made Idols my entire life, that’s why I was so emotional and crying. But I’ve grown to just take this as a platform.

Winning is a bonus, but [if you’re in the top five] you get the same exposure as the winner and it’s up to you what you do with it.

What are you taking away from your Idols experience?

I think how much I’ve grown and the things I’ve learned. I came in here with this street style and laid-back approach to music. And then you get all this amazing clothing, working with mentors, production and I evolved through that.

When I think back on who I was three months ago at the auditions, I think, “Oh my I did that and that.”

I’m just really proud of myself. Also, the friendships I’ve made and the relationships I’ve built with producers. That’s incredible.

What’s your favourite performance?

I enjoyed all of my performance but Take Me to Church has to be my favourite. I feel like I really delved into that one and I had grit.

There was one specific big note that I hit – and I’ve never done big notes really – and I hit it. When I played it back I was like, “Damn, son, you did that.”

Do you have a message to you supporters?

Thank you to everyone who voted for me and who supports me. Without you guys I wouldn’t have made it this far and I’ll be forever grateful to everyone who took out the time, the money and energy.

My friends were staying up until 2am voting and for that I’m thankful, and I hope I made them proud.

To myself, I’d like to say, “Niyaaz, you’re a force to me reckoned with. There are so many traits to you that the world hasn’t seen yet, and you’ve done so amazing. You’re gonna do amazing things, you’re gonna kill it, bro.”

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sundays at 17:00.

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