And then there were 5 - Idols SA contestants battle it out to secure top spots

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Idols SA contestant Mr Music.
Idols SA contestant Mr Music.
Photo: Mzansi Magic
  • With only five contestants left, competition is heating up on Idols SA.
  • With Ntokozo eliminated, it's just over a month left before the new Idols SA winner is announced.
  • Sunday saw the top five take to the stage with two performances each, trying their best to not only impress the judges, but also the fans who will vote for their favourite.

And then there were 5...

The competition is heating up on Idols SA, with just over a month left before the winner is crowned.

Sunday night saw Ntokozo eliminated from the competition, with just Ndoni, Mr Music, Zama, Brandon and ZanoThando left to battle it out. Each contestant performed two songs on the night. For the first round, they showed off their skills, reviving songs that had been performed by wooden mic contenders during the audition phase, while in the second half of the show, the hopefuls sang some of SA's most Shazamed hits.   

First up was Ndoni, opening the show with Berita's Ndicel' ikiss and later returning to perform Senzeni by DJ Manzo SA. Giving feedback, Randall said Ndoni was unique enough to always have a fighting chance in the competition, while Unathi added that she had been phenomenal. Somizi was ecstatic, saying Ndoni killed it, first praising her for her second performance. "You were super amazing," he said. 

Next up was Mr Music who performed Ringo Madlingozi's Ndiyagodola before tackling Sbahle's Emlanjeni in the second half of the show. Unathi enjoyed Mr Music's second performance more than his first, saying it was more believable. Somizi agreed, but added: "So far, so good." 

Randall's request to Mr Music was that he now select a more reflective song to win over voters.  

Zama, who had been shaky in the past couple of weeks, had the judges pleading with her to believe in herself. "You have the voice, you have the looks... own it," Somizi said, begging her to build her confidence and stage presence. Somizi was impressed with Zama's rendition of Alicia Keys' A Woman's Worth and her performance of Cici's Hamba Naye. "It was beautiful; I loved it," he said. Randall echoed his sentiments but added that Zama could have been more emotive. Unathi was also impressed, declaring that the singer was back in the competition.  

For his first performance, Brandon took on 7 Years by Lukas Graham and later returned with his rendition of Azana's Your Love. The judges loved his songs, with Randall adding that Brandon had been quietly moving up the ranks with little fanfare but brilliant performances. While Randall thought Brandon's first performance could have been better had he worked on his phrasing, he felt the singer's second song was the performance of the night. Unathi called Brandon dynamic, saying he had the mark of a real winner, while Somizi added that he loved both rounds. 

The last to take the stage on the night, ZanoThando first performed Bill Withers' Lean on Me and later Bella Ciao by Nicole Elocin and Tyler ICU. The judges were not impressed by his first performance, all stating he had been off-key. However, Unathi said ZanoThando had the best stage presence of all the contestants, adding that he was a formidable performer. Randall said his second song suited him better because it allowed him to dance and perform and Somizi agreed.  

As the competition nears its end, it's up to the voters to choose who makes it to the top four, says Nomsa Philiso, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

"The voters are ultimately the ones who will decide who becomes our Idols winner this year. And I am excited that so many of them are doing just that - and I thank the 16-million voters who voted this year's top five for proving that they can identify true talent."

Catch Idols SA season 16 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) every Sunday at 17:00. 

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