Idols: Howick hopefuls turn on the star quality

2009-03-15 00:00

Both of the Idols hopefuls who are former Howick High pupils are back on top, if the judges’ comments on last night’s show were anything to go by.

Pixie Bennett (25) and Jason Hartman (29) gave great performances and, judging by the judges’ comments, are bound to make it to the next round of M-Net’s Idols.

Bennett sang Annie Lennox’s Little Bird and for the first time ever on Idols, all the judges joined hands and “chair-danced”.

She has been scraping through for the past couple of shows, coming second last week. But last night, the 25-year-old put on a red dress and gave the lively performance that she’d been holding back.

“The Return of The Pixie,” said Idols judge Dave Thompson. “You were like a caged panther up on that stage, strutting up and down … Stunning!”

“This is a show about pop, and you were really a pop idol tonight,” said Mara Louw.

5fm’s Gareth Cliff said Bennett, who’d been criticised about her choice of songs since she made it to the Top 14, chose a great song this time.

Even Randall Abrahams was impressed by her performance. He said that it would be one that viewers would remember her for.

Hartman continued to soar with his performance of the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love.

The 29-year-old gave a swingy, cheeky interpretation of the song. Thompson thought it was good. “It rocked. It swung,” he said.

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” Mara told Jason, “and you can swing, baby!”

Cliff said Hartman wasn’t a clear favourite weeks ago, but now he was up front in the competition. Abrahams said Hartman handled the chorus well, “but during the verses you got a bit lost”.

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 the results at 7 tonight on M-Net.

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