Idols: Local hopefuls both through, but Pixie finishes near bottom after vote

2009-03-09 00:00

As the weeks go by and more and more Idols hopefuls bow out, the atmosphere among contestants and fans has become intense and dramatic.

Although KwaZulu-Natal hopefuls Pixie Bennett and Jason Hartman were both safe in last night’s eviction round, Bennett found herself in the bottom two and very nearly packed her bags.

Her standing in the competition is decided by public votes and the more votes she gets the longer she stays.

Bennett sang Phil Collins’s ’80s classic Against All Odds and received a unanimous response from the judges that although she had sung well, it had been a bad choice of song that did not suit her personality.

Hartman on the other hand, delivered one of the best performances in the history of Idols — according to the judges — with his rendition of the Beatles classic With a Little Help From My Friends.

He received one of the highest votes yesterday.

Hartman dedicated his riveting performance to his step-brother, Joshua Landberg (25) ,who died in a car accident last Saturday.

Arrive Alive reported on its website that Landberg crashed into a stationary trailer near the Mariannhill toll plaza on the N3 highway while returning to his Howick home from Durban that night.

Hartman recieved a standing ovation during Sunday night’s performance, and the audience paid tribute to his brother.

“He is in my thoughts every day and I know that he would have wanted me to continue rocking on,” said Hartman.

He had been asked shortly after last night’s live results how he was affected in the competition by not being able to be with his family.

“Joshua’s passing has made me realise that life is larger than the competition and as a result has enabled me to perform better and more naturally,” he replied.

Both Bennett and Hartman have been described as having “big personalities” and “amazing voices”.

Idols is on M-Net on Sundays at 5 pm.

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