Nene out, dads have final say

2010-10-27 00:00

MARRIED fathers L’loyd Cele of Durban and Elvis Blue of George are set to go head to head in the final of South Africa’s Idols.

More than 1,3 million votes were cast for the top three contestants — and it was Sindi Nene of Durban who found herself narrowly missing out on the coveted final spot.

Nene (22), who was saved by the judges a few weeks ago, performed Brenda Fassie’s classic Vul’dlela, You Raise Me Up and Jennifer Hudson’s Spotlight during Sunday’s show.

She received a standing ovation from judge Mara Louw and praise from judges Gareth Cliff, Randall Abrahams and guest judge HHP.

Viewers clearly did not share the judges’ sentiments, and all five of the radio polls — from East Coast Radio, Algoa FM, KFM in Cape Town, OFM and 94.7 — all predicted that she would be the one to leave last night.

Before starting her seven-month journey on Idols, the young star had been studying music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and gigging around Durban.

Asked by host ProVerb how she felt to get so close to the final, Nene, who lives in Glenwood, said: “This has been a wonderful and awesome journey for me … I’ve enjoyed it.”

As for the two finalists, both men said they had visualised being in next week’s final. “I’m confident and my fans believe in me. You just have to keep the faith,” said Cele (28), a graphic designer.

Thirty-year-old Blue, a music teacher and full-time musician, agreed, but admitted that being on stage was a very different experience to watching the show at home. “It’s a bit surreal, a bit weird,” he added.

M-Net broadcasts a 90-minute Idols next Tuesday in which the 10 finalists return to perform alongside some of South Africa’s best musicians.

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