Idols house roommates and friends, Nosipho Silinda, 18, and Zama “Xae” Memela, 19, are both in it to win it.
During last week’s live show, the first of the season, Memela impressed the judges. The usually hard to please Randall Abrahams was left speechless by her performance of Broken Clocks by SZA, while Somizi Mhlongo said her rendition of the song was brilliant.
Silinda performed Sia’s Alive and won Abrahams’s approval, and Unathi Nkayi gave her the thumbs up.
Memela completed matric last year at Pinetown Girls’ High and said having played lead roles in inter-school productions and singing in choirs gave her a taste of the spotlight.
“No dream is too crazy for God,” said the student, who has had to put her studies with the International Hotel School on hold.
“I see myself meeting people and singing music that touches and makes people happy. That is my passion,” she said.'
Memela models her singing and stage presence on American singer SZA and prefers to live a genuine life.
“She is such a laid back and chilled artist, she doesn’t force herself to be anything she isn’t. She is comfortable with who she is and what she wears. That’s me, I don’t like complications, I like being myself,” said Memela.
Silinda is a Grade 11 pupil at Harvest High School in Ladysmith.
She has set social media alight with her Spanish singing and was inspired to enter the competition by teenager Paxton Fielies’s victory in 2017.
“I am so grateful to her, she has enabled us to go out there and follow our dreams.
“She inspired most of us young people to follow our dreams,” she said.
Silinda hopes to sing her self-taught Spanish melody Angel by India Martinez during the competition at some stage.
On one show, Abrahams described Silinda as “young, cool and different”.
“I did not expect that at all.
“I really wasn’t expecting that comment from Randall.
“I was very excited when I saw it on TV,” she recalled.