TV Guide: Who will be SA’s last 10 standing?

2011-07-29 15:09

With so much hype ­surrounding the opening rounds of the competition, I was left feeling short-changed after last ­Sunday’s performance. As the ­contestants took to the stage, most of them fell apart.

Whether it was the pressure, or the sound (as judge Gareth Cliff pointed out on Twitter), it was not pretty. ­

Today the top five contestants with the most public votes will go through, while the judges will find five more from the remaining 10 to push through to the next round.

So who’s it gonna be?

Cape Town’s Nolly Meje (24) sang Pink’s Perfect to kick-start the live round of Idols. Gareth Cliff commented: “I hate to sound cheesy, but that was less than perfect”.

I too agree with the shock jock, but do feel that the tiny singer may have enough looks and personality to pull through into the top 10. She will be saved by the judges.

Erin Fourie (27) belted All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers and gave a fairly good performance. She stood out from the rest of the contestants and has the charm.

The Pietermaritzburg girl may garner just enough votes to make it through. As a viewer, I’d ask Erin to loosen up just a little bit more because South Africa loves her.

Polokwane’s ­Kahludi Malele (29) sang Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song and it was by far one of the weakest performances for me.

It was nasal, boring and contrived.

I don’t think this father of two-and-a-half will make the cut. But the lone ­Limpopo contestant can bank on a province-wide vote.

Crushanda Forbes (23) went with the old Heart hit, Alone. She was faultless and gave one of the best performances of the night.

Her ­confidence is undeniable and she will be saved by the judges.

Joburg’s Freddie Van Dango (23) ­performed Coldplay’s The ­Scientist. He comes with fans from the previous season and new ones too. He should be saved.

All 16-year-old school girls who end up on Idols have an entire school backing them. Dené Vorster performed ­Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. She will make it.

Kimberley’s Lefa Pike (29) sang Amy Winehouse’s hit, Valerie. It will work in his ­favour with all the hype surrounding her sudden death. He has the potential, so the judges will save him.

Dave van Vuuren (20) from Johannesburg was given the U2 hit With Or ­Without You and caught judge ­Randall Abraham’s attention, who announced: “That’s what Bono should sound like.” Enough said. He’s ­definitely a top five contender.

Kelly Fortuin (21) sang the Duffy hit, Mercy. Although she did well, there was something missing. However, she will be saved.

Mark Haze kept it old school with the Guns ’n Roses classic, Sweet Child O’Mine, and it was fabulous. ­Hopefully, he’ll pick up the
performance aspect of the contest when he gets into the top 10.

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