'Idols': ‘Save me’ falls on deaf ears

2010-09-22 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — She couldn’t help seeing the irony of having to sing Save Me for the judges again last night in the hopes they would do just that, but in the end, Jamie-Lee Sexton had to go.

It was the second week in a row that the judges declined to hand out their one “save”.

Her performance of the Clout classic got positive comments from judges Randall Abrahams, Mara Louw and Gareth Cliff on Sunday night, but it wasn’t enough.

“It was so weird and ironic to have to sing Save Me to the judges — and I did giggle about it,” the Johannesburg student said afterwards.

She said she was sad to leave the show because it was a “wonderful experience and I learnt so much”.

But there’s a new challenge waiting.

She has been offered a leading role in the film The City of Ashes being shot by director Sheetal Magan.

“It’s a leading role and I play a villain, so I’m very excited,” she said.

She also wants to release an album as soon as possible: “You have to strike while the iron is hot,” she said.

It was Sexton’s second try at Idols: Five years ago the drama and film student progressed to the Top 12 stage in Idols 3 while still a schoolgirl.

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