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If last Sunday’s performances on Idols SA were anything to go by, then this season is going to be nothing short of a dud.
The top eight male contenders stepped on to the Pretoria State Theatre stage like it was just another karaoke night. Although performances of the night were from the obvious favourites, Brandon and Sonke, still they were nothing close to their initial auditions.
However, the one thing the male contestants probably did not realise was that their female counterparts were also in the room last week as they performed and, as we saw this past Sunday, the ladies have taken their game to dizzy heights.
If you did not like last week’s episode, then Sunday’s showcase is nothing short of a redemption episode.
The quality of singing is so great that the “worst” singer from the female lot is much better by far than the best from the boys’ night. After watching it, one thing is certain; contrary to popular belief, a female is going to scoop the top spot.
We start off with Carle from Centurion, who has been a judges’ favourite from the outset. She has a calm yet seasoned voice, giving away the fact she has been singing for years. The interesting thing about her performance tonight is that she deviates from the usual ballads that we have come to expect from her and goes for something experimental. The result is nothing short of exceptional, although not all the judges agreed on this.
Cape Town’s Tauna, whose entry into the top 16 came as a surprise to many, was also on experimental ground, which got the crowds on their feet. The judges liked it and, if the competition ended there, then her future in the show would be secure – but more was to come.
The first person Tauna has to worry about is Mpumalanga’s Tumi, who is a Randall Abrahams favourite. She looks the pop star part and has a voice to back it up.
Her humility during the judges’ examination is reminiscent of Khaya Mthethwa’s and that alone will take her a long way.
Still on pop star looks, Port Elizabeth’s Amy also succeeds in that regard. It helps that she has an incredible voice and she plays the guitar. Choosing an Alicia Keys number Christina shows depth in her vocal range, hitting the right notes at appropriate points.
That said, after listening to Christina, who chose Alicia Keys’s protégée Emeli Sande’s song, you can almost draw parallels between her and Amy’s performance.
As expected, Johannesburg’s Bunny and her husky voice swept away all the previous work. This singer’s abilities are those fit to either open or close the show. All judges agreed that while she is in an incredible group, she had little to worry about.
Cape Town’s last hope lies in Zoe, the petite singer that validates the notion that dynamite comes in small packages. While she was the shy singer in Sun City’s theatre week, who covered herself up in a tomboy look, shows a sexy side which matches perfectly with her voice and song choice.
The night ends with Durban’s Crystalene, whose adaptation of Maroon 5’s Move Like Jagger was the highlight of the show so far. She maintains her reign as a formidable force in the group and presents herself not as a school teacher, but as a sultry and sensual singer.
Unfortunately, three of these ladies have to be evicted on Tuesday night and you get to decide which five female singers join the five boys to form this year Idols SA top 10.
• Idols SA is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic and airs on Sundays at 5.30pm and Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Go to www.mnet.co.za/Idols or the official Facebook page at Idols South Africa or follow Idols on Twitter @IdolsSA. - Sunday Independent