This week Kurt and crew were on leave as backup singers so the Drakensburg Boys Choir had to step in to try and save the day. The boys were okay but I strongly feel that they drowned some of the contestants’ voices with their singing. The usual suspects like Dominic where outshone by them. Simphiwe was up on stage first and he sang “Sign Of A Victory” by R. Kelly. I thought the performance was relatively okay. It was better than last week’s performance. I still feel that he still needs to up his game a bit as the competition is getting pretty tight. There was a bit of shouting here and there that I didn’t appreciate which was not easy on the ear for me. But I still say that he is a phenomenal male vocalist. The talented Tshidi sang “As” by George Michael and Mary J. Blige. According to me that was a chilled performance. She was not trying too hard as she is a mature singer. She shows off her voice when it is necessary and draws you back in a subtle way. Her performance was a bit restrained today and it sounded good. I can’t fault her on that performance. Monde took on “Purple Rain” by Prince which is an emotional song. A part of me felt like Monde didn’t connect with that song on an emotional level which is a key aspect of that song. Generally, he has a good voice. The highlight of the performance was towards the end with that vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal cords which he did. He took me back to one of my favourite artist in SA, the late Nana Coyote with that falsetto when he sang “Take Your Love and Keep it”. If Monde could do me a favour and sing that song I would be eternally grateful because I think it would show off his voice nicely with this timeless song. Dominic, oh dear, those mustard pants and red kiddies shades were shining more than his voice. Why is Dominic still in the competition? He just messed up my favourite song “Paradise” by Coldplay. Dominic has become a serial killer of people’s songs but he still manages to stay on Idols. I say the Hawks or the Public Protector, Adv Thuli Mandonsela should investigate this boy. It is clear that his self-esteem is gone and it shows in his performances. The Drakensburg Boys Choir barely saved that song. If Dominic still stays on after this week, I swear I want to visit the Sangoma he is consulting with because he is the real deal. Shekhinah sang “I Try” by Macy Gray. I am falling more and more in love with this young lady after every performance. She is the youngest in the competition and we as South Africans are watching a songbird growing in showbiz on our TV screen. This girl is going places. Her performance this week was outstanding. I look forward to seeing her do the dougie next week. Surprise, surprise Khaya sang R. Kelly “I Am The World’s Greatest”. That was so predictable; he took the song to his gospel roots which made it easy for him. He sounded good on that song and didn’t try too hard. Also he sounds much better when he is not jumping around on stage. Khaya was one of the few contestants that were not drowned out by the choir. I am pretty sure that he will go far in this competition if he focuses on the prize and not let things get to his head. It is still a long way to go to reach the finish line though. Melissa went for Aretha Franklin’s and Annie Lennox’s hit “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”. Her performance was okay yet there were a couple of shady notes in that performance. A part of me feels that she's not picking the right songs for her voice or personality. Her song choice was a bit too mature for Idols voters. She should have sung something like “Independent Woman” by Destiny’s Child. I can safely say that she looked as beautiful as ever, she had a memorable outfit tragically her performance was not as memorable. It is now game on as we are head closer and closer to the Top 5 and Top 3 of Idols SA. Based on this week’s performances, in my opinion they should be ranked as follows: Best Performances 1. Shekhinah Donnell (17) from Durban 2. Khaya Mthethwa (25) from Durban 3. Tshidi Tenyane (28) from Thokoza Average Performance 4. Simphiwe Gwegwe (23) from Port Nolloth Horrid Performances 5. Monde Msutwana (30) from Pretoria 6. Melissa Allison (23) from Port Elizabeth 7. Dominic Neill (20) from Johannesburg Can we please send Dominic home? This competition is out of his depth.