Idols SA: Six reasons Thapelo has a real shot at a spot in the finale

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Thapelo Molomo. Photo: Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images
Thapelo Molomo. Photo: Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images


Thapelo Molomo is a beast behind the microphone, and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on Idols SA. He’s come a long way from the younger man who joined a gospel group as a backing vocalist, in 2012, to sharpen his talent, and says the Idols SA stage is the biggest he’s ever been on.

As contestants wait with bated breath to know whether or not they will be in the top four this Sunday, City Press lays out why the self-proclaimed perfectionist should be one of the last two on the November 6 finale.


This one is quite obvious: Molomo is talented. Not taking anything away from the other contestants, but the 29-year-old’s talent is raw and phenomenal. He can tackle any song with ease, and performs as though he’s getting paid. 

He may not be practicing as a psychologist, a field in which he holds a degree, but thank God he still heals people’s souls musically. Music could be his calling. 

One of the judges, Thabo “JR” Bogopa once called him “one big bundle of talent”, and ended his comment with “you are special, man”.

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Talk about a contestant who understands the assignment every Sunday. Molomo makes sure that he gives every performance his utmost best. Never has he given an average performance.

Ever since season 18 began, Molomo has remained consistent in making sure that South Africans and the judges eat out of the palm of his hand, and that could be his ticket to the finale and even winning this season.


After every performance, Molomo has received positive feedback from the judges – usually accompanied by a “woo shem” from Somizi Mhlongo – and has had standing ovations and the audience chanting his name. He also trends on the social media streets. If that does not say he has won the hearts of South Africans, I don’t know what will.

He even made the ever-talkative Mhlongo speechless. Mhlongo once said to him: 

Now, wena, I’ve run out of woo shems. I’m looking for them!

After his top 10 performance, Thembi Seete said to him that Mzansi had fallen in love with him because of his authenticity.


As much as he’s a brilliant singer, Molomo is not perfect, and he is in the competition to be judged. When the Idols SA judges asked him to let go of a few habits, he took their constructive criticism to mind and did exactly as he was told.

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He is aware of his star power, yet he fights for his spot in the competition with every note he sings. He’s been praised, had his name chanted in the arena at every live show, and positively trends on social media, but he has kept his eye on the prize.


Like Mhlongo said, it’s as though Molomo gets first preference when it comes to song selection because he has mastered the art selecting songs that best showcase his vocal abilities.

It could be that he chooses the perfect songs, or perhaps he makes any song he chooses sound perfect. There is no song he’s sung that has been off-key.

He’s performed different genres with the same dedication and energy, including hits by Master KG, Jabu Khanyile, Joyous Celebration and Boyz II Men.

Idols SA airs every Sunday on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 5pm

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