'Idols': Durban contenders hit a low note, but one squeaks through

2010-08-25 00:00

DURBAN’S Sindi Nene and S’Posh Petshwa of King Williams Town — two of the contestants who received the most praise from the judges for their performances last Saturday — were shocked to find themselves in the bottom three of Idols last night.

While Nene (22), Petshwa (24) and 19-year-old Peter G of Durban wowed the studio audience with their renditions of Christina Aguilera’s Hurt, Alicia Keys’ Doesn’t Mean Anything and David Guetta’s Love Is Gone, respectively, they failed to win the support of viewers.

Speaking to host Liezel van der Westhuizen at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, Peter G admitted to being “shell-shocked”. Nene said she was “feeling a bit down” and Petshwa said the news had left her with a “bitter taste in her mouth”.

Asked if she thought the bottom three truly reflected the talent on show at the weekend, stunned judge Mara Louw said: “I love all these kids … what happened here?”

Fellow judge Gareth Cliff said he wouldn’t be surprised if one of the girls went and one stayed — and the 5fm DJ was right.

After all the votes were counted, it was Nene who squeaked ­into the top 10 of the singing competition, where she joined Koffiefontein accountant Pieter West (25), Boki Ntsime (21) of Johannesburg, Jess Yallup of Durban, and 23-year-old Bongi Mthombeni of Thembisa.

The seven finalists in group two, including Durban’s Lloyd Cele (28) and Zintle Mkwela (24), will perform for your votes on Sunday at 5.30 pm. Joining the judging panel for the evening is legendary South African vocalist Judith Sephuma.

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