Anybody watching SA Idols? The top 10 were announced last night in an all-singing all-dancing spectacular, featuring the likes of Zakes Bantwini (Who?) singing an admittedly catchy tune accompanied by two out-of-sync ballerinas. There was Arno Carstens with probably the most boring song ever released and Zahara doing her thing, whatever that may be. Great hair though.
The 9 girls took to the stage in an Adel mish-mash that didn’t quite work, seeing as none of the girls ARE actually Adel and don’t quite have that lady’s depth and range. The boy’s group number, “Moves like Jagger” was much better seeing as it doesn’t rely so much on vocal ability and they were able to have a good time with their dance moves.
Onto the announcements then, “Dim the lights” intones Proverb, once again dressed in a shiny, shiny suit that makes him look like a cheap Disco Gangsta. The first two, Tshidi and Sihle come out amid a roar of applause. Sihle is unfortunately the first out and Tshidi is the first to the ten hot seats. Chloe is through, as is Obakeng, Monde (Yay!) and Simphiwe. Matthew and Jean (a personal favourite) are both ousted. Shame. Melissa is through as well as Shekhinah who’s name consistently get’s mispronounced. Khaya is through with a joyous celebration. (See what I did there. Haw haw). Thankfully all this hip-hoppery will be tempered with my jazz-bunny Dominic who is also in the Top 10. The list of names is as follows:
Chloe Kiley (24) from Cape Town
Dominic Neill (20) from Johannesburg
Khaya Mthethwa (25) from Durban
Melissa Allison (23) from Port Elizabeth
Monde Msutwana (30) from Pretoria
Nosipho Mngomezulu (22) from Shoshanguve
Obakeng Ramaboa (26) from Munsieville
Shekhinah “Sheki” Donnell (17) from Durban
Simphiwe Gwegwe (23) from Port Nolloth
Tshidi Tenyane (28) from Thokoza
As of this week, the live shows move from the Jabulani stadium to the Mosaiek Teatro in Randburg. Amid all the speculation and allegations surrounding Mr Mthethwa as the chosen one, it may be apt that the live shows are held in a churchy setting, seeing as his fans seem to be forgetting that Idols is a secular show and not a religious one, finding any and every opportunity to praise God.
Season 8 promises to be an entertaining though controversial one. Race has reared its ugly head every season and this season is no different. Previous seasons have seen the WBWG (White boy with Guitar) reign supreme while this season promises to be very different, though no less controversial. Lindelani Mkhize from Universal Music (Also the founder of Joyous Celebration from where Khaya Mthethwa hails….just saying) has been quoted as saying that they are looking for an Idol to ‘represent the diversity of South Africa’. Well, I ask you, does this list represent the DIVERSITY of South Africa? Where is the Indian community represented? It’s not as if there weren’t auditions that may have made the grade had the judges been so inclined. How is the Chinese community represented? The Italian, Portuguese, Polish etc etc ad infinitum? The diversity of South Africa lies in each and every community, not just black or white but that’s just one writer’s opinion.
Let me know what you think of the Top 10, who do you think will make the Top 5?
Are you watching Idols this year?
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