Following Sunday night’s 'Idols SA' Season 13 performance, Cape Town contestant Paxton Fielies has made it one step closer to living her dream having made it through to the show’s Top Five.
Fielies, 17, from Bishop Lavis, again wowed the crowd in the hopes of making it through to the next elimination round when she sang Don’t Walk Away by Jade.
Currently the youngest on this season’s show, Fielies, a pupil of Belhar High School for the Arts, said she is a “teenager who loves to sing and is passionate about her craft”.
She said “God, family and music” are the most important factors in her life.
She added that she has received amazing support from her peers and describes the youth in her community as goal-driven.
“The support they have shown is amazing.
"They have been supporting me since my journey started.
"The youth are all very goal-driven especially since there's a lot of gangsterism and crime taking place in the area,” she said.
Fielies, who was also a member of an a capella group at her high school, said she was motivated to enter the show by her mother.
“My mom encouraged me to enter Idols.
"I also wanted to grow myself as an artist and I knew this competition would allow me to do just that.
"It provides an amazing platform,” she said.
Speaking about her 'Idols SA' experience, Fielies said the journey “has been amazing”.
The teen said her favourite performances so far have been her audition song, Careless Whisper, and the classic Somewhere over the Rainbow.
She also had videos go viral on social media before her Idols auditions, which spurred her on to enter the national singing competition.
“I honestly did not expect to make it this far.
"I used to do covers and post it on Facebook and Instagram with 200/300 views, and now I'm performing covers every week for millions of viewers,” she said.