Idols top 2 to battle it out in grand finale

The Top 2! (Photo supplied: Mzansi Magic)
The Top 2! (Photo supplied: Mzansi Magic)

Johannesburg - It was a bittersweet finish as South Africa bid farewell to Top 3 Idols Season 13 finalist, Botlhale, whose journey ended just short of next week’s grand finale.

The spectacular apex at Carnival City will feature musical prodigies Paxton, 17, and Mthokozisi, 25, in what promises to be an unforgettable night of music, dance and confetti. 

The Top 3 went on a worldwide international tour to London sponsored by Capitec. 

But before exiting the Idols stage, Botlhale debuted his Afropop love song, Good Enough.

Watch his performance here

Mthokozisi’s single is his own composition Masithandane.

Watch his performance here

While Paxton’s pop tune Demonstrate packed a punch.

Watch her performance here

The singles drew great reviews from the judges and enthusiastic reception from the live audience. If that’s anything to go by, the three brand-new-from-the-box songs are going to be selling fast.

Round Two saw Paxton and Mthokozisi recreating their Theatre Week performances – only better. The teen sensation performed Estelle’s American Boy while the inked Durban boy sang Musa’s Mthande.

They closed the show with their third and last round of the evening, where they chose songs they felt were their best acts on the show so far.

Mthokozisi went with Ringo’s timeless Kum Nakum, giving a smouldering show that left Unathi speechless, Randall saying he deserved being in the Top Two and Somizi declaring: “That’s how you close the show!”

Watch his performance here

For her last showcase, Paxton slowed it down with a sweet rendition of Judy Garland’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Somizi gushed about her “incredible” voice control and Randall urged her to enjoy the next few days before the finale, despite the inevitable nerves. Unathi shared that in Cape Town, people are claiming “their” Paxton. “You are amazing!” she concluded.

Watch her performance here

Voting period extended

Host, Proverb, announced that the voting period has been extended and lines will close only at 22:00 on Thursday night, 23 November.  

Catch the finale live on Sunday at 17:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).