Dave vs Mark: Who will rule?

2011-10-01 19:27

The moment of our musical truth is finally here, ladies and gentlemen. <strong>Silindile Nyathikazi</strong> evaluates the last two standing Idols

Name: Dave van Vuuren

Age: 21

From: Krugersdorp

Marital status: In a relationship

Musical experience: He has sung since he was a toddler and started playing guitar at 11. A few years ago, he formed the indie soul band Free The Animals.

Sex appeal: Dave can get any girl he wants – he makes innocent little girls go wild.

Stage presence: Initially he appears a bit shy and tense – until the music starts.
Best performance: Kings Of Leon’s Sex On Fire

Signature: The man just can’t stand still – he looks as if he might hurt himself as he aggressively pokes his chest.

What the judges say: Dave has moments of brilliance, like when he sang Vincent. He is also the only guy this season who got a standing ovation.

Expert rating: Musician RJ Benjamin says that “taking a song and putting soul into it. This is something I haven’t seen in Mark.

Dave is pulling that off better and seems to fit the Idols image way more, so personally I’d pick Dave as the winner.”

My rating: A perfect 10

Name: Mark Haze
Age: 28

From: Cape Town

Marital status: Married

Musical experience: He won Disneyland Idols in 2010 and is the lead singer of rock band 12th Avenue

Sex appeal: Forget the boep and the dark eyeliner he puts on occasionally. Mark is dripping in self-confidence, funny as hell and has a few panty-throwers.

Stage presence: Mark gets the crowd going with his hard-rocker stance. The response to his performance is good.

Best performance: Dream On by Aerosmith

Signature: The “rocker dude” wail at the end of most perfor-mances doesn’t always work.

What the judges say: Randall Abrahams, his biggest critic, thinks he’s arrogant but a good singer. Gareth Cliff is crazy about him.

Expert rating: Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse says: “When I first heard Mark I was sold but Dave is the pop star and I think he will win it.”

My rating: 7.5

My verdict: Dave is your next South African Idol. Finish and klaar.

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