Top 8 SA Idols: Hit and Miss

2012-08-20 09:24

The theme for the week was that the contestants had to select songs from the year they were born in. I feel that they did much better this week compared to last week. Unathi had to spoil the show with her unnecessary tears though.

Tshidi was the first person up on stage and she serenaded the crowd with “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls. The girl was on fire as usual. She looked beautiful as well. Tshidi has really been consistent and by far one of the top contenders of this competition. She means business and it is evident in all her performances.

Tshidi was followed by Dominic who sang “To Be With You” by Mr Big. The highlight of Dominic’s performance was me seeing Kurt former Pop Star Season 1 winner from the group called 101 again. I think the backup singers were doing a better job that Dominic. I wonder if we are allowed to vote for them. The less said about Dominic’s performance the better. This competition is simply out of his depth. God only knows why he is still in the competition.  Again I fail to understand why Unathi was crying, she must stop with her Aus’Rebecca Malope tendencies. Maybe she was crying because of the pain and torture she had to endure during Dom’s performance.

Simphiwe tried to save the day by singing “Man In The Mirror” by Micheal Jackson. I am huge fan of Simphiwe but I feel that this week he didn’t push hard enough from the beginning of the song. He was not as strong as he has been for the past couple of weeks. The song was really great towards the end and he started shining only then.

Chloe sang “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS. Chloe’s performance was way better this week. It was not her best though. I feel at this stage of the competition she should be pushing really hard. I feel that she is just average in her performance but should not face elimination like she did last week. As a matter  of fact the guitar overshadowed her performance. The guitar was the highlight of her performance.

I really fail to understand why some people still hate on Monde, this week he sang “Rosanna” by Toto. I have liked Monde since his first audition when he sang “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie song. I feel that he is actually been given a raw deal.  But he did very well this week, though I think he should have done another Lionel Richie song again from 1982. I am sure he would have killed it like he did with his first audition.

I must say the Usain Bolt of Idols Season 8 really did well this week compared to his previous performances the past 2 weeks. Khaya took on Earth, Wind & Fire's “September” and he was already acting like a super star with his performance his arrogance is equal to that of Usain Bolt. Whoever styled Khaya should be been part of the Marikana massacre because that green “vadoek” dishcloth that he had on his pants was just not on.  But overall, his was performance was great and he back in this game.

Melissa is one of those consistent performers; she performed “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. Her performance this week was on point and I cannot fault her. Melissa's legs will keep her in this competition for a long time. She looked absolutely stunning as well. Do not be surprised when she emerges as the winner of this competition.

Shekhinah closed of the show with “Waterfall” by TLC. Shekhinah has star quality and the texture in her voice is timeless! Beautiful performance overall with no gimmicks but calm and calculated. For someone so young she has soul in abundance. She took a risk with rapping in that song and it worked for her. She was flawless in her performance and she was the best on the night.

Well done to the contestants. They did better than last week I must say. But of course someone has to go home. According to my humble opinion based on this week’s performances they should be ranked as follows:

Best Performances

  1. Shekhinah Donnell (17) from Durban
  2. Tshidi Tenyane (28) from Thokoza
  3. Khaya Mthethwa (25) from Durban

Average Performances

4. Melissa Allison (23) from Port Elizabeth

5. Monde Msutwana (30) from Pretoria

Horrid Performances

6.      6. Simphiwe Gwegwe (23) from Port Nolloth

7.       7. Chloe Kiley (24) from Cape Town

8.      8. Dominic Neill (20) from Johannesburg


In an ideal world Dominic should be going home, but the axe could fall on Monde simply because of votes.

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