KZN teacher owes ‘Idols’ success to her family and church

2013-08-07 00:00

A RICHMOND Combined School science teacher, who wowed Idols judges on Sunday, says her passion for music is thanks to her family and church.

“My passion for music comes from spending time in a musical family and is enhanced by singing in church,” Crystalene Nair said yesterday. “If I am not teaching, I am singing.”

Nair (23) wowed the Idols judges when she rendered Somewhere Over the Rainbow while strumming her guitar, securing one of 21 golden tickets to go through to the next round.

With tears running down her cheeks, Idols judge Unathi Msengana likened Nair’s performance to the late R&B singer TK.

“You remind me of a friend of mine who left us a couple years ago. She was possibly one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever had in South Africa, who sang that song the way I’ve never heard before and you’ve just done exactly the same. Thank you,” Msengana said.

Nair was the last one in the queue for the Playhouse Theatre Durban audition and another Idols judge, Gareth Cliff, had only praise for her.

“What can I say, that was a great way to end Durban. I’m very, very happy we found you,” he said.

“She’s great and doesn’t even know it,” Msengana added.

Nair told The Witness that she is very excited, overwhelmed and honoured by the judges’ comments.

“I was in two minds about trying my luck on Idols, but knew it would be worth a try.”

She said she loved her job as a teacher, because it enabled her to mould young children into productive individuals.

But if the right opportunity arose she said she would pursue music as a full-time career.

She is one of the 21 at the Durban audition who received their tickets to Sun City, where they will battle it out with other Idols hopefuls from other provinces. Teenage identical twins Anele and Nelisa Mxhakaza had social media abuzz with comments after their performances with over 200 comments on the Idols Facebook page.

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