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CRYSTALENE Nair is KwaZulu-Natal’s only hopeful in this year’s Idols contest.
On Tuesday night, Durban’s Jono Johansen, 16, was voted out of the competition with Philip Dube and Lee-Ron Malgas.
Nair will perform on Sunday with the seven other remaining female contestants.
She will know if she qualifies for the top 10 on Tuesday night. Nair has wowed judges in the popular Idols contest, but it has not been an easy road for the 24-year-old songstress in her quest to become South Africa’s next pop star.
She has had to juggle her passion of teaching science to primary school pupils in Richmond and chasing her dream.
But Nair, who teaches Grades 5 to 7 pupils at Richmond Combined School, about 95km away from her home in Newlands West, may be a few weeks away from living her dream.
She made Idols judge Unathi Msengana cry when she performed Eva Cassidy’s Over The Rainbow in her audition, and may be ready to quit her day job and become a songbird – even if she doesn’t win Idols this season.
The shy, soft-spoken guitar-playing teacher has also impressed judges Gareth Cliff and Randall Abrahams.
“I am very much willing to commit fully into my music should I not make it as far as I would desire,” Nair said.
“It has been rough juggling school and Idols, nevertheless I give priority to my children at school when it is mandatory and thereafter when it is time to pursue anything Idols-related, the school staff and management team are ever ready to assist,” she said.
Reflecting on the past few months and her time on Idols, she said: “It is an amazing opportunity to work with incredibly talented and professional people. I believe I have grown so much throughout this journey.”
Singing is in the family for Nair, who described her sisters as “good” and said her parents were musically inclined in the traditional sense, because they were Tamil singers.
Nair spends her spare time watching movies, TV shows, shopping, or 10-pin bowling. - Daily News