While to fans it's entertainment, to the competitors, it can be a matter of having food on the table or not.
Mr Music is one of those who entered the show because he wanted to change his life. His smile stole the show and while he made it so close to the finishing line, he became the second runner up in Mzansi Magic's Idols season 16.
Mr. Music, real name Lungisani Mthethwa (22) ,was born and raised in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal and music was always part of his plan.
“It all started from church. I was part of a children’s ministry choir and I loved it. From then, I knew music is something I want to do.”
He went to college to study towards an electrical engineering qualification, but he realised his passion truly lies in making music. Which is why he entered Idols.
Getting so close to the finishing line but not winning the ultimate price was a lesson for Mr. Music. He was not discouraged, but instead, he knew he needed to keep climbing.
“It was a blessing, and I knew I needed more experience. I take the show as a stepping stone,” he says.
The 22-year-old realises he is still young and he can only go up from here. He's determined and because he comes from humble beginnings, he wants to make sure he succeeds.
He tells us that before the show, he could not even afford to spend R100 on clothes.
“Life for me changed a lot, to make it this far and be able to spend more than that makes me realise that life has changed, positively. Life is good, I can afford to spend more than R1000, which before the show it was like a million to me,” he says.
Mr. Music was the top contender alongside Zama Khumalo, who went on to win the show. Kalawa Jazmee signed all the top five finalists from season 16 of the show.
His dream came true, he says.
Since his time on Idols, he recorded his first-ever single in 2020, Ngikethe Kahle, and this month, he recently released a new single titled Wangigila Khanyi.
“Afro-pop is my favourite genre because it does limit the kind of music that I can make. While I competed on Idols, I noticed that my fans enjoy Afro-pop and that is what I am giving them,” he says.
As a Christian, his faith is what is keeping him going. He also advises his peers to be anchored to a higher being.
“Sometimes things will not go the way we want them to, because God has the final say. Therefore, to make it at anything one needs to pray, focus and have passion for what they are doing,” is his advice.
He wants to branch into gospel in the future and is currently working on his debut album, set to release January 2022.