Yallup ‘had amazing time’ on ‘Idols’

2010-09-29 00:00

IT was third time unlucky for 22-year-old Jess Yallup of Durban, who was voted off South African Idols last night.

The 22-year-old redhead ended up in the bottom three alongside Adeline Mocke of Cape Town and Pieter West of Koffiefontein — despite the fact that judge Randall Abrahams thought Sunday night’s heartfelt rendition of the Michael Jackson hit, Earth Song, had probably been her best performance yet.

Unfortunately the viewers sided with judges Gareth Cliff, who said he “didn’t love it” and Mara Louw, who criticised Yallup’s song choice, saying: “It’s too big for you, and you didn’t understand the meaning of the song.”

The Durbanite — who had been picked by Darren “Whackhead” Simpson’s listeners on 94.7 Highveld Stereo as the contestant most likely to head home — performed one last time in an effort to save her place on the show, but the judges decided not to exercise their right to save the contestant with the least number of votes.

Yallup, who attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she studied music, media and drama, and performed with a local band in and around Durban called Sea of Stars said of her Idols experience: “I’ve had an amazing time.”

The remaining six contestants, Mocke, West, L’loyd Cele and Sindi Nene of Durban, Elvis Blue of George and Boki Ntsime of Johannesburg, will be back on stage on Sunday to sing two songs — one of their favourite driving songs, and one selected for them by Idols 6’s official radio partners. The celebrity guest judge will be Bongani Nchanga of Malaika.

To find out more about the contestants, log on to www.mnet.co.za/idols, follow the show on Twitter (@idolssa) and join the Facebook group (Idols VI).

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