Vincent makes no bones about his chances on ‘Idols’

2014-11-20 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S own singing superstar, Vincent Bones, wants to be remembered for his melodic voice and charismatic performances, and not for his touching background.

Bones and fellow Idols SA season 10 finalist Bongi Silinda of Mpumalanga were in the province yesterday as part of their whirlwind tour to canvass for votes ahead of the dramatic finalé this weekend.

The duo visited Pietermaritzburg SPCA to shoot a video — raising awareness as the facility experiences a financial crisis — which will be played at Carnival City on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old, who plays drums, bass and the saxaphone, said it is incredible how his life has turned around and that being in his hometown has brought back memories.

“I’m extremely excited to be in Pietermaritzburg and have really missed being here as it’s where my life transformed. It is a blessing to be this far in the competition after so many difficulties,” he said.

Bones, who has won the hearts of many fans, touched people when he told of the challenges he faced in his life. Both his parents died when he was 12 years old and he became a “street kid” in Johannesburg. A stint at Boys’ Town helped him turn his life around.

He said he ended up in the City of Choice after his friend referred him to the Eagle Christian Church.

He said although the Idols SA competition is tough, he believes he has given it his best.

“It has been an amazing journey. There is no point in being nervous as it is not up to the judges but the fans. I’m looking forward to the performances and I will accept whatever happens and move on with my life.

“To Maritzburgers and the whole of South Africa, thank you so much for the love and believing in me.”

In his spare time, he said he goes to Liberty Mall to relax and loves the “quietness” of the capital city.

His pastor Julian Naicker was at the SPCA to welcome him. “My pastor and I have come a long way. We have that pastor-son relationship and he has been supportive,” Bones added.

His counterpart Silinda (23), who auditioned twice this season after being turned away by the judges in the first audition in Johannesburg, said it has not sunk into her mind that she is in the final.

“I’m very excited. I was rejected before but that did not deter me. It has been really hard. Thank you SA for your prayers and support,” Silinda said.

The pair continued on to the Gateway Theatre in Umhlanga and finish their tour today at Canal Walk in Cape Town.

Both contestants performed their singles last week and according to a poll on Idols SA website late yesterday, Silinda was leading slightly with her If I Got You single against Bones with Let Me Love You.

To vote for Bones, SMS 9 to 37400 or dial *120*33033#.

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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