- 31 hopefuls took to the stage to perform their last solo auditions to make it into the top 16.
- Some got standing ovations from the judges, while the nerves got the better for others.
- "Viewers should expect something special," said Nomsa Philiso, Director for Local Entertainment Channels.
After surviving a socially distanced Theatre Week, 31 hopefuls took to the stage to impress the judges for the last time to make it to the top 16 of this season.
The solo performances were off to a great start when Succedor performed first for the final auditions, impressing the judges. "He just shut it down. I mean, there is no question of whether he was good or not," emphasised Unathi.
Although the judges enjoyed his performance, Succedor already felt like a winner. "I'm so honoured to be working with musicians that work with big artists in the music industry. I never thought I would have this opportunity. I'm honoured. It is really a step closer to my dream," he explained.
Qhawe followed, and all three judges were convinced that his voice, looks and stage presence were fit for an Idols SA winner. In Randall's words: "He will get votes."
From there, the solo performances were not convincing for too long. Most of the contestants hoped that the judges would see beyond their nerves, flaws and see the passion in their eyes for singing.
It was more than a handful of shaky performances that left Unathi, Randall and Somizi unimpressed. Nevertheless, Dee, Busi, Bongi, Sonwabile and Ndoni restored the hope in the judges. They belted out the songs that were chosen for them like they really wanted to win the competition.
Then there was lady BE who ensured that the race to the Top 16 was back on track. She sung Dumi Mkokstad's song Ziphozenkosi with so much grace in her voice. The judges suspected that she has stage performance experience by the way she carried out her delivery of the song.
Towards the end, two returnees - Melanin and Diego - went on stage to try and give the competition another try. Unfortunately for them, the judges weren't persuaded enough by the deliveries of their redemption songs.
The last few days of Theatre Week ended well with Zhan Reece closing with a bang. Somizi and Unathi were dancing on their seats, smiling and cheering him on. He even got a standing ovation from Unathi and a loud cheer from Somgaga, who was asking for more from him.
"The most exciting stage of the competition is just around the corner and viewers should expect something special, as our 31 contestants will get to know in a week's time whether they have made the cut to be in the top 16 or not," says Nomsa Philiso, Director for Local Entertainment Channels.
Tune in on Sunday at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) to see who makes it to Top 16.
Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht