A life-changing journey for Nair

2013-10-31 00:00

DURBAN schoolteacher Crystalene Nair may have been knocked out of this year’s Idols SA competition on Tuesday night, but she walks away a more confident performer.

“The experience I got from this was amazing … it’s the best thing I could ever have done,” she said.

“You get to work with some of the best people in the industry and you learn so much … Being on Idols has really helped me get more confidence. When I started this journey I was a shy person …

“My stand-out moment was performing the last song [Rihanna’s Right Now] that I did because I never thought I would have been able to dance in front of millions of people.”

Nair said she had learned so much about how to perform a song thanks to the vocal coaching and dance lessons she received in the reality show.

And even though it was hard to hear the judges being critical of her performances, she has taken all their comments on board and plans to use their advice to become a better singer.

Nair said being on Idols was tough, adding: “You have to be strong … Every day you are faced with something: song choices, rehearsals, waking up at certain times.

“But, I have no regrets, everything that happened to me while I was in the Idols house will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Nair, a science teacher at Richmond Combined School, is also grateful to her pupils, the staff and principal of the school and the wider community for their support.

“I’ve been getting SMSes and messages from the kids who are so excited to see me pursue my dream,” she said.

As for what she plans to do now that her part in the competition has ended, Nair says she wants to pursue a career in the music business.

“I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m prepared to work and I’m sure it will be worth it,” she added.

The remaining five Idols contestants will each have to perform two songs in Sunday’s show on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 5.30 pm.

• Keep up to date with what’s happening on Idols SA at www.mnet.co.za/Idols, on the Facebook page/Idols South Africa and on Twitter @IdolsSA.

• arts@witness.co.za

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