End of the road for Lucia Jakeni on Idols

By Faeza
07 November 2016

Lunch at the Union Buildings with high-ranking government officials. Mentorship by some of the best artists in the music industry. A four-day working holiday in New York City. And best of all, a one-in-four chance of being crowned 2016’s South Africa Idol winner.

Last night’s episode was jam-packed, to say the least. There was even a stirring performance by former Idols contestant, Amanda Black, who made it back on to the stage with her catchy new Afro-pop single, Amazulu, off her soon-to-be-released debut album.But first, someone had to leave.With host Proverb dangling the New York trip as the proverbial carrot, the stakes had never been higher in this season. But with five contestants and only four tickets, the tension in the holding room was as thick as a veld fire smoke.

In the end, it was the husky-voiced Lucia Jakeni from the Vaal whose name was called, ending her Idols dream on one of the most eventful episodes of this Season XII so far.

Noma, Tebogo, Thami and Terra Cox will jet off to New York, US, tonight to enjoy some much-needed mentorship and international exposure before coming back to get ready for next Sunday’s performance.

This week saw the contestants being mentored by local music industry superstars whose songs they were performing tonight. Noma received a thumbs-up from Simphiwe Dana, who coached her on how to best deliver the chart-topping Ndiredi. She followed it up with the popular love jam, Weakness in Me by Keisha White. Gareth declared: “You’re in it to win it, baby, and I want you to!”