‘Idols’ fans furious after popular twins sent packing

2013-09-10 00:00

IDOLS came in for heavy criticism from fans when the judges — Randall Abrahams, Gareth Cliff and Unathi Msengana — chose to send home popular Durban twins Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza.

Msengana first broke the bad news to Neliswa, telling her: “We’ve been speaking as the judging team and we realised you’re going to battle with the contemporary stuff … we know there is a big, big love for more traditional and more gospel, so, unfortunately, you are not going through.”

She then turned to Anele, and said: “Randall has already told you that you’re his favourite out of the two of you, but we feel that this process could destroy your spirit. We feel, as amazing as you both are, emotionally you are not ready.”

Furious fans took to Twitter and Facebook to condemn the decision.

Comedian David Kau said: “I can’t believe @HleloMasina and @NtandoMasina r going home... #Idols suck!!!”

And on the Idols Facebook page, Leandrio Lee-Oh Plaatjies, a student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, described the decision as a “HUGE mistake!” and warned that Idols’ ratings were likely to “drop massively”.

But there was some good news for KwaZulu-Natal fans.

Newlands West teacher Crystalene Nair (24) made it into the top 16.

Nair, who teaches science, blew the judges away at the auditions in Durban with her heartfelt rendition of Over the Rainbow.

Speaking after hearing the good news, Nair said: “I can’t believe a small little thing like me is going through to the top 16 … it’s unbelievable just thinking about what everyone is going to say — my mom, the kids at school … they are all going to be so proud of me. I can’t wait for them to see me on TV.”

Teenager Jono Johansen, meanwhile was told by Abrahams that he would need to call his headmaster and tell him he would be missing some school.

A former member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and currently studying classical voice at Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill, this young singer is a rocker at heart. “I was seven years old and I saw Queen perform on a DVD and I saw Brian May do a guitar solo and I said ‘that’s what I’m going to be’,” said Jono.

Nair and Johansen now go into the group phase of the competition at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

They will be up against Capetonians Amy Jones, Benjamin Tainton, Lee-Ron Malgas, Tauna Collier and Zoe Zana; Gauteng singers Bunny Majaja, Carla van Deventer, Philip Dube, Sonke Mazibuko and Tumi Lesenjane; Brenden Ledwaba, from Graskop in Mpumalanga; Christina Williams, from Port Elizabeth; Innocent Mabushe, from Phalaborwa in Limpopo and Musa Sukwene, from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga.

In the first group show, which will be screened on Sunday, September 15, at 5.30 pm, the eight guys in the top 16 will do their best to impress the nation with an unforgettable stage performance. Voting will close at 10 pm on September 16 and on September 17, viewers will find out the results.

The following week it will be the eight girls’ chance to earn a spot in the top 10. During each show three contestants will go home.

• Catch Idols SA on Sundays at 5.30 pm and Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

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