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NICE guy aside, the general consensus in the office – barring one die-hard fan – is that Monde Msutwana overstayed his welcome 10 contestants ago. Okay, maybe 8.
The 30 year old hopeful from Pretoria failed to crack the nod for South Africa’s Top 2 in last night’s Idols Results Show.
Of the over 1 million fans that voted, Durban’s Khaya Mthethwa, 25, and Port Elizabeth’s Melissa Allison, 23, managed to secure the bulk of the votes. Mthethwa’s cover versions of Justin Bieber’s ‘Down to Earth’ and Maroon 5’s ‘She Will be Loved’; and Allison’s interpretation of Adele’s ‘Chasing Pavements’ and Alicia Keys’ ‘Fallin’, undoubtedly ingratiated them to teen fans predisposed to listening to bubble gum and pop tunes.
Meanwhile, Msutwana, bless him, gave it his all. While ‘Night Shift’, by the Commodores, saw judge Gareth Cliff take a trip down memory lane to his first audition with a Lionel Richie song, Unathi Msengana cooed: “That was a very sensual presentation to that woman who sits at home and votes for you one hundred times.”
I guess, given the result, several of them weren’t at home watching on Sunday then.
What probably was his downfall, though, was his cover of Sade’s ‘By Your Side’. His performance left the judges somewhat indifferent.
Toya DeLazy’s cringe worthy performance aside, at least Msutwana went out with a bang belting out his catchy new single.
To the DeLazy fans about to send hate mail – don’t bother. If it wasn’t for ‘Pump It On’ and her record deal (signed last year) putting her on the map, you would be going Toya who? Exactly!
Besides, this column isn’t about her, it’s about the sing off between two hopefuls in a spectacular showdown this Sunday.
Don’t miss ‘Idols’ on Sunday at 5.30pm on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 107).