‘Idols’: Howick High hopefuls Pixie and Jason still impressing judges

2009-03-29 00:00

SHOSHALOZA cheered the crowd after Howick High’s Jason Hartman gave “the performance of the night” on yesterday’s M-Net Idols, securing his title as Idols favourite.

The show was devoted to all things South African. Contestants performed songs from a variety of local artists and spoke about their pride in being South African and the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

Hartman (29) sang Johnny Clegg’s classic Great Heart — leaving the judges highly impressed.

Gareth Cliff of 5fm called it the performance of the night. “You should win Idols,” he said.

“Another powerful performance from Jason,” said Dave Thompson. “That was fantastic … I think we have a new ‘Le Zulu Blanc’.”

Thompson also commended Hartman on great skills and great song choices.

“Do you know how many fans you have in the townships?” Mara Louw asked Hartman after his performance. “In Soweto, where I was born, people are crazy about you!”

Hartman was one away from a whitewash of the panel of judges. But Idols sourpuss Randall Abrahams felt compelled to break up the lovefest. “It’s the same old Jason,” he said. “I’m getting quite bored. You’re not stretching yourself.”

Pixie Bennett (25), who sported African bracelets, sang the MarcAlex ’80s classic Quick Quick.

Thompson said he was nervous when he found out what Bennett would be singing, but that she “did a great job, full of fun and energy”.

“Viva South African music, viva!” exclaimed Louw. “MarcAlex is proud of you. I’m proud of you. You’re stunning, baby!”

“Pixie, you’re great … To make an eighties song sound that good requires some talent!” teased Cliff.

“I thought it would die a quick death, but you did a great job,” said Abrahams.

To keep the Howick High hopefuls in the competition: call 086 22 777 06 to vote for Bennett (or SMS Pixie to 34680). For Hartman, call 086 22 777 10 (or SMS Jason to 34680).

Catch this week’s results tonight at 7 pm on M-Net.

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