Cape Town - Last week, Group One of the Top 17 set the scene for what is going to be a fierce competition with their rousing performances. But this week, Group Two showed that they too were ready to move the audience with their impressive vocal skills.
Continuing in the theme of 'trending', this week's contestants gave performances to be proud of, with the judges giving them overall positive feedback.
An excellent performance by Umlazi KwaZulu-Natal's Sneziey Msomi proved it is no mistake she has come this far with her spiritual performance of SbuNoah's Getsemane. The judges were emphatic in their feedback – she belonged on the big stage. Randall Abrahams said her voice was on point, while Unathi Nkayi said she could visualise her in the Top 10. Somizi Mhlongo said her song choice was possibly the smartest in the history of Idols. So confident was he of her performance, that he bet that if she did not make Top 10, he would shave off his hair and appear on the show topless.
Representing the guys, Capetonian Craig Jordaan's rendition of Sam Smith's Dancing With A Stranger earned him a "whoo shem" from Somizi. But it was this year's youngest contestant and pop-up auditions discovery from Port Elizabeth, Micayla Oelofse, who made history with a hattrick of "whoo shems", led by none other than Randall himself. Her performance of New Rules by Dua Lipa, said Somizi, was perfection. "You are a pop star!" he said, while Unathi commended her song choice, saying she showed she was a versatile performer.
This year's oldest contestant, 30-year-old Innocentia Msibi from Stilfontein in the North West province, closed off the show with a powerful performance of Alessia Cara's Scars to Your Beautiful. Unathi said she loved watching her evolve through the competition, likening her to a butterfly emerging out of its cocoon, while Somizi called her performance memorable. Randall remarked that he was interested to see what the votes would be like next week after such excellent performances.
It is now in the hands of the voters, who have to decide which contestants will go home and which contestants will continue on their quest to become the next Mzansi Idol.
Five contestants from Group One and four contestants from Group Two with the highest number of votes from their respective weeks will secure their spots in the top 10, while one contestant with the highest number of votes from either week will complete the Top 10 as a wildcard entry. The results will be announced on next week's show.
HERE ARE SUNDAY'S TOP 17 PERFORMERS AND THEIR SONGS:
Sneziey Msomi: Getsemane – SbuNoah
Nqobile Gumede: Love Theory – Kirk Franklin
Luyolo Yiba: Just Say You Won't Let Go – James Arthur
Zia Fielies: Better – Khalid Treasure
Mngadi: The Middle –Zedd, featuring Grey
Craig Jordaan: Dancing With A Stranger – Sam Smith and Normani
Micayla Oelofse: New Rules – Dua Lipa
Innocentia Sibi: Scars To Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara
This year, we are embarking on an exciting new set-up for live show attendance. This means that complimentary tickets can no longer be issued. The live shows are still open to the public and tickets are available for sale via Webtickets.
Idols SA season 15 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17:00.
Compiled by Alex Isaacs.