DURBAN’s hope of another Idols triumph rests on the shoulders of 16-year-old Kearsney College pupil Jono Johansen and a science teacher, Crystalene Nair, 24, of Newlands West.
Johansen who has risen through the musical ranks, joined the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir at the age of eight.
The Grade 10 pupil at Kearsney, is the youngest remaining contestant in this year’s show.
He is in the school choir and orchestra. Not only is Johansen a talented singer, he also plays the piano and guitar.
Nair will perform on Sunday with the rest of the women.
Earlier in the singing competition, Idols SA judge Unathi Msengana said of Johansen: “You are the future and you have redefined this competition.”
Johansen had a tough time yesterday evening, receiving mixed reviews from the judges after he performed The Script’s Millionaire.
Judge and 5FM breakfast DJ, Gareth Cliff, said he was “bored by the song”, but had good words nonetheless.
“You really love performing, that is commendable, you said earlier in the competition that this is a great platform for amateurs to turn professional, you’re right.
“You and Lee-Ron have brought a bit of fun back here tonight,” he said.
Msengana urged Johansen to “have fun”, while head judge Randall Abrahams described the performance as “nice”.
“It was nice, it wasn’t necessarily memorable. You need to project a lot more, step it up at the very least,” he said.
Idols SA is now into the Top 16 stage, the top eight men singers from this season’s show performed 2013’s chart toppers on Sunday. Three of them will be sent home tomorrow. Voting lines close tonight at 10pm.
Durban’s Khaya Mthethwa won Idols last year after he received tremendous support from the public, celebrities and political figures.
Soweto’s Sonke Mazibuko, known for his traditional Zulu head gear, had the winning performance last night. Mazibuko, a member of the highly acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir, sang a version of Rihanna’s Diamond that only had positive reactions from the judges.
Graskop’s Brenden Ledwaba, who is speeding ahead of the pack in terms of popularity with more than 10 000 likes on his Facebook page already, was “the guy to beat” after last night’s performance of Rihanna’s Stay, said Cliff in his assessment of the performance.
Fans can vote via web, mobile browser, Mxit and SMS.
The contestants are:
• Benjamin Tainton, Cape Town;
• Brenden Ledwaba, Graskop, Mpumalanga;
• Innocent Mabushe, Phalaborwa; l Jono Johansen, Durban;
• Lee-Ron Malgas, Cape Town;
• Musa Sukwene, Witbank;
• Philip Dube, Kempton Park;
• Sonke Mazibuko, Soweto.