‘Idols’: Shock elimination for Shekhinah, KZN left with one hope

2012-09-05 00:00

WHEN one door closes, many others open. This was what the father of Pietermaritzbrg-born Idols SA contestant Shekhinah Donnell said after his daughter’s shock elimination last night.

Shekhinah (17), a pupil at Queensburgh Girls’ High School in Durban, was the latest contestant to be eliminated from this season’s Idols.

This means that Durbanite Khaya Mthethwa (25) is KwaZulu-Natal’s last contestant standing in the top five.

Shekhinah’s dad, Phil Donnell, said her performance throughout the show had given them the belief that she would get a top three spot.

“It’s a big shock. I never saw this coming. With the way she’s performed throughout the show, I thought she had a real chance she could get into the top three,” he told The Witness last night after the announcement.

“She enjoyed herself on the show, but she was surprised to be eliminated.”

Although Phil was “sad and disappointed”, he said he was proud of his daughter.

“One door has closed now, but a lot of other doors have opened,” said Donnell.

“Everywhere, not only in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, but from all over the country she has received so much support. It was a shock because there have been so many people who were behind her,” he said.

Now that she was out of the competition, she would focus on getting through her matric.

“Her matric trials started yesterday, so she’s going to have to go back and do her trials,” he said.

Fellow KwaZulu-Natal contestant Mthethwa said he was devastated by the elimination of Shekhinah.

“No one saw this coming. Shekhinah was like a ray of sunshine in this house.

“We can’t imagine being here without her. It’s just been terrible,” he said.

He said he would be focusing on remaining confident and positive about his next performances.

“It’s about focusing and feeling confident so I can deliver.

“I want to go out there next week and make KZN and Shekhinah proud,” he said.

Remaining in the top five are Monde Msutwana (30), of Witbank, Simphiwe Gwege (23), of Port Nolloth, Durban’s Mthethwa, Melissa Allison (23), of Port Elizabeth, and Tshidi Tenyane (28), of Thokoza.

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