The gloves are on. The end is near. Who will take the Idols season 12 crown?
Queen Noma, as dubbed by Unathi, or the comeback kid #BringBackThami
Tebogo fought hard to make it this far and fell out this close to the finale. He seemed to be in good spirits though, which could only be due to the pride that comes with how much he has achieved and his “comeback” story.
Before his eviction. the three remaining finalists got to each sing their own singles, which are available to the public on iTunes.
Tebogo’s ’Do it Again’, Noma’s ’Want It to Feel Like it Did With You’ and Thami’s ’Sthandwa’.
As if Tebogo’s exit was not enough heartache to bare, the official announcement of Gareth Cliff’s exit from the show was made.
Last week, he announced his decision not to renew his contract with the popular singing contest.
He’s been with the show from season two right through to season 12; and has now decided to concentrate on new projects.
The rest of this season’s top 10 - Terra Cox, Lucia, Sanele, Nosihe, Valentine, Bevin and Keegan - came back on stage to remind us why they were the chosen 7. Together they performed Janet Jackson’s ‘Together Again’.
The main event Noma and Thami took to the stage for the final face-off.
In the first round, the finalists sang the songs that made them stand out in the competition.
Noma belted out Jennifer Hudson’s ‘And I am Telling You’, a song she sang in theatre week.
Gareth said, “You know you have proven so many people wrong so many times. But you absolutely deserve your place in that final. When I see Zwai Bala, who has heard it all, stand up in the crowd and cheer like a fan, that means you are good baby! You are really good.
Somizi said, “Noma, you may have seen how excited I was when I heard your name, so whatever I say just know it comes from a loving place. It was a beautiful performance, very nice performance. But I beg you, I plead with you, when you come back for the second one (performance), clean the floor. Perform like you really want to win it. I want you to win so badly! I feel like you are not helping me. Please help me! This was good but you need to be great, you need to be amazing,” he advised.
Unathi had nothing but great admiration for Noma’s resilience, while all Randall said was, “Brexit, Trump, Noma.”
Thami sang ‘Sorry’ by Justin Bieber, a song he sang in theatre week, where “he really began to shine and win over the fans,” as said by Proverb.
The excited Somizi said, “Well done. Congratulations on making it this far. Your voice is like a zambane (potato...with) butter. A hot zambane on a butter, it just melts everything. And your single, if your first album is ready to buy, that is the style you need to do, I believe; that African, soulful sound. With this one, you always do memorable performances and that deserves a ‘wooooshem!’”
Randall said, “Thami, let me pre-empt some of the obvious questions that I imagine we will get about why you are back and you made it to the finals, and you didn’t do so well last season. It is because of your hard work. There’s a lot of things that you did this season that you didn’t do last year…that is testimony the fact that you haven’t simply returned, you’ve evolved.”
“Go get them champ, you are in the final”, added Gareth.
The final performances from the top two were of their favourite songs of the season.
Noma sang Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ and Thami sang ‘All I Could Do Was Cry’ by Etta James.
They both got great reviews and well wishes for next week’s finale from the judges. Noma even got a drink from Somizi! What would Idols be without his randomness?
Singer Bucie was the guest performer of the night alongside legends from the Kalawa Jazzme crew who serenaded us with classic old songs that truly rocked the crowd.
The finale foresees a huge party at Carnival City this coming Sunday with performances from the biggest names in the industry like AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Kelly Khumalo, Nathi, Karabo, the top 10, the top 2 and Idols’ very own Unathi Msengane.
Tickets have already sold out.
Until the finale, cheers.