Who will be the next Idol to fall?

2014-09-21 15:01

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Bongi Silinda grew up in the lowveld hills in the village of Driekoppies, Mpumalanga, in a small home with chickens, cows and dogs.

The 23-year-old beauty’s family – her dad, Jacob, is a teacher and her mum, Lindi, is a chef – bought a TV set when she went to high school.

Silinda devoured the small screen as a kid; her love affair with music and her big dream to sing was sparked by watching Brenda Fassie in particular.

“Brenda Fassie was my inspiration. Growing up, I always sang Weekend Special. I know most of her songs. I would love to do a tribute show to her one day,” she told City Press this week.

Since then, Silinda’s extraordinary voice has propelled her on to reality TV.

She is one of 11 top contenders set to battle it out in the 10th season of Idols South Africa.

Silinda said her parents will probably borrow her uncle’s fast silver BMW to travel to Joburg to watch her perform today. Fans can watch the episode on M-Net at 5pm.

She and the rest of the top 11 will put their pipes to famous songs from movies. Silinda will be tackling

Tina Turner’s Goldeneye from the 1995 James Bond movie of the same name.

Other song choices include Aerosmith’s 1998 hit, I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing, from the movie Armageddon, sung by 24-year-old Demi Lee; the Destiny’s Child anthem Independent Woman, from 2000’s Charlie’s Angles soundtrack, performed by London Louw; and a shower of Prince’s Purple Rain sprinkled on the audience by Vincent Bones.

Silinda has a reality TV history – she was also a finalist on season four of Popstars.

But her professional highlight so far has been recording a track called When You Come Back with local legend Vusi Mahlasela at The Lyric theatre in February.

“Working with Vusi, I mean, that was amazing. The song is on iTunes already,” she said.

“I always knew I would be a singer. I loved Brenda Fassie, Mango Groove?...?oh, and I loved Sarafina! But I was from a disadvantaged area, so we didn’t really have musicals and things like that at my school,” she says.

Silinda was planning to study music in Pretoria next year, but is now eager to try her luck at scoring a recording deal instead.

Her initial audition at Carnival City Casino on Gauteng’s East Rand didn’t go so well.

But a second attempt at the State Theatre in Pretoria with Beyoncé’s Halo did the trick.

“I am very happy you gave yourself a second chance. Beyoncé herself would bow down to you after this,” glamorous Idols judge Unathi Msengaga told her.

The show’s other judges are Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff.

Irish songbird Morgan Deane Smith, the wife of former Proteas captain Graeme Smith, also participated but lost out in the previous round.

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