'Idols'; judges fail to save bubbly Bongi as he sings for his musical life

2010-09-15 00:00

SOUTH African music fans and the Idols judges failed to give Bongi Mthombeni the birthday present he really wanted — a coveted spot in the top eight of the M-Net reality show.

Forced to “sing for his life” after host ProVerb announced he had received the fewest votes, his last chance to stay on Idols lay in the hands of Randall Abrahams, Mara Louw and Gareth Cliff.

The judges had one opportunity in the top 10 phase to save the losing contestant. But Abrahams said the public had made their choice and as judges they had to abide by that.

Mthombeni’s departure came as something of a shock after the bubbly 23-year-old singer from Johannesburg performed a version of Cool & The Gang’s Celebration on Sunday night’s disco-themed show. His performance was praised by the judges and it left the audience shouting for more. Last night, the young singer-pianist made a point of thanking his voters.

Asked if he would have done anything differently, Mthombeni said that perhaps he should have followed Abrahams’s advice and toned his act down a bit. He added: “We fall down, but we get up again.”

On Sunday, the eight remaining contestants perform South African music. Follow them on www.mnet.co.za/idols.


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