Idols: local Erin Fourie smashes her way into the top 10

2011-08-01 00:00

ONE down, nine to go. Erin Fourie is through to the Idols top 10, announced in a long-winded 90-minute show on M-Net last night.

The top 10 Idols survived not only the cut-off, but also relentless ad breaks and some dodgy guest performances, and came out only slightly emotionally scarred.

Fourie, who put up a stellar rendition of All The Things I’ve Done (The Killers) in last week’s show, has had many midlands and KZN fans marketing her name on social networks and campaigning on her behalf. Her Facebook fan page has grown by nearly 901 likes (as of last night) in the past three weeks.

Other contestants in the top five who also have a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter include Mark Haze, Dave van Vuuren and Freddie van’Dango.

After an hour, five names had been announced, and the judges — who were shifting around in their seats to keep blood circulation going — started commenting to host ProVerb when he asked them what they thought of the top five.

“I hope the others aren’t going to have such an agonising wait,” replied Gareth Cliff (about as direct as he could be on live television), while Unathi Msengana echoed his sentiments.

The show also saw performances from Lloyd Cele (last year’s Idols runner-up), as well as The Arrows, The Graeme Watkins Project, The Soap Girls and Jamalie.

The top 10 are:

Phaksy Mngomezulu, Dave van Vuuren, Crushanda Forbes, Freddie van’Dango, Mark Haze, Lefa Pike, Nolly Meje, Kelly Fortuin, Dene Vorster and Erin Fourie.

Get all the lowdown on Idols Season 7 and vote for your Wooden Mic winner at the official Idols Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”, on Twitter @IdolsSA and on the official Idols Season 7 website at

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