HOPEFUL: Khaya Mthethwa

Sameer Naik

A few months ago, no one would have known who Khaya Mthethwa was – now he’s been touted as the favourite to win Idols and is in the top 18 of the reality TV show.

But it hasn’t been an easy journey for the 25-year-old from Umlazi in Durban. Not only does entering Idols come with huge expectations and pressure, his father was against him entering the competition.

“I fought with both my parents to a point where we almost didn’t speak to each other for days,” said Mthethwa.

His father, a pastor, was totally against him going to auditions, but Mthethwa decided to give it a go anyway.

“When I told him I’m going to audition, he discouraged me, and asked me to focus on my plans for recording my gospel album this year.” Today Mthethwa sr is his biggest fan.

“My father always says he is my biggest fan… he is extremely proud. My family and friends are so delighted and supportive, it’s amazing, they have all become my campaign managers.”

Mthethwa has set stages alight with his moving performances ever since entering Idols, so much so that judges of the reality TV show have said that it is his show to lose.

But Mthethwa is not getting ahead of himself.

“Anything can happen in the competition. I am under enormous pressure, but all I can do is just give my best, and lean on God who has got me this far.”

Mthethwa, who attended the Highway Christian Academy school in Pinetown, said that he had never imagined making it so far in the competition.

“I never saw myself making it to the Top 18, but my aim was to at least make it this far, that was a big goal for me.”

He says his journey on the reality show has been quite an experience.

“It’s has been an amazing journey filled with a bag of emotions. It’s also been incredibly overwhelming, from auditioning with thousands of people to being in the top 18, it has just been a dream come true for me,” he said.

Mthethwa decided to enter the competition hoping that he would be able to take his music career to the next level.

“Singing in church and on a gospel platform is a comfortable zone for me, but this stage is way beyond my comfort zone,” he said.

“I believe I have a lot to share inside of me, but I can’t do that without people who will take time and hear me out.”

Tomorrow Mthethwa will find out whether he has made it to the all important top 10 of the reality TV show.

The names of the top 10 contestants will be announced in a jam-packed live show from the Soweto Theatre.

This year’s Idols has been more popular than ever before, drawing approximately 1.2 million viewers every Sunday.