Bad song choice: South Africa votes Obakeng out of ‘idols’

2012-08-08 00:00

TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Obakeng Ramaboa kissed his chance of winning Idols goodbye when South African music fans failed to enjoy his rendition of Prince’s eighties classic Kiss.

Ramaboa, of Munsieville, got mixed reactions to the song from the judges. Gareth Cliff felt the his version was “cheesy”, while Unathi Msengana thought it was a great song choice. In the end, however, the words of Randall Abrahams proved prophetic when he said that two things would be of the utmost importance for this year’s top 10.

“You can’t ever have a bad week because everyone is just so good,” he warned, “and the second thing is song choice, and in this case I think your song choice let you down.”

Ramaboa, who found himself in the bottom three with Dominic Neill, of Johannesburg, who sang Aloe Balcc’s I Need A Dollar, and Melissa Allison, of Port Elizabeth, who performed a sultry version of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, had one chance of surviving.

Host ProVerb gave the father of one the chance to sing for his life and Ramaboa hoped the judges would use their one save of the season to keep him in the reality show. They chose not to and Ramaboa became the first contestant to leave the finals.

The top five singers from Sunday’s spectacular were Durban’s Shekhinah Donnell, Khaya Mthethwa, of Umlazi, Cape Town’s Chloe Kiley, Simphiwe Gwegwe, of Port Nolloth, and Tshidi Tenyane, of Thokoza.

The top nine spectacular will be broadcast on M-Net, M-Net HD and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 107) at 5.30 pm on Sunday.

To keep up to date with Idols, check out the Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”, or follow the show on Twitter @IdolsSA.

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