Idols: Twins’ breathtaking performance lands them golden tickets

2013-03-07 00:00

“YOU’RE messing with our minds,” Idols judge Unathi Msengana told 17-year-old twins Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza at yesterday’s auditions at the Playhouse in Durban.

Neliswa was first up and her passionate performance soon landed her a golden ticket to Sun City. Minutes later Anele appeared, prompting Msengana and her fellow judges, Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff, to tell the teenager that she didn’t have to return to see them after collecting her ticket.

Anele laughed and said they’d mistaken her for her sister, who was wearing an identical outfit.

They told Anele to stop kidding around and to bring her twin onto the audition floor as proof. When the pair appeared, the judges were gobsmacked.

Msengana, Abrahams and Cliff then sat back and listened to Anele’s performance, which soon garnered three “yes” votes, before asking the twins to sing together. Their rendition of Adele’s Someone Like You was breathtaking.

Afterwards, Cliff said the twins’ appearance was “one of the coolest things to happen in nine seasons [of Idols]”.

It’s the second time that Neliswa and Anele, who live in Mayville, have entered Idols and they told The Witness they’re used to getting odd reactions when people see them together. “It happens a lot,” Anele said, grinning.

Asked why they had chosen to put themselves through the ups and downs of Idols, Neliswa said it would give them great exposure.

She added: “But mostly we entered because we just want to make people feel special when we sing.”

As what they would do if one of them made it and the other didn’t, Anele said that no matter what happened in the coming months, they would always support each other.

Joining them at Sun City will be Queensburgh resident Leigh Hondy.

It’s the third time the 21-year-old has entered the reality show, and he admitted to having a few doubts about the wisdom of doing so, especially since he has been playing gigs around the province and making a name for himself.

“If you don’t play the lottery, you can’t win it. Idols is a fast way to get where I want to go.”

Hondy, who matriculated at Glenwood High School, performed James Morrison’s You Give Me Something.

Msengana said: “It’s wonderful to feel someone’s passion through their music … for the first time today we are awake!”

Cliff added: “That was pretty damn good. I liked it.”

Abrahams was less enthusiastic, prompting Hondy to tell him: “Get used to this face, because you’ll be seeing much more of it!”

The Mxakaza twins and Hondy were among 10 golden ticket winners chosen by the judges by 2 pm yesterday.

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