Idols judge Mara Louw’s performance on Sunday night aside, the contestants were placed in an awkward position when radio DJs from around the country chose some questionable songs for them.
Let’s start at the bottom. Adeline Mocke – who has said, on any day, she would choose singing over modelling – wasn’t done any favours by the Idols stylists. Starting her song on the judges’ table didn’t help either.
Her first song, Stereo Love by Edward Maya, left Mocke breathless – literally. Her next performance (Lady Antebelum’s Need You Now) was better, and so was the styling.
Mocke’s support from FHM magazine will surely keep her in for one more week ... sadly.
Sindi Nene was no better and has slipped considerably from one of the favourites of the competition to one of the weaker links.
Her rendition of Whitney Houston’s Learn From The Best was okay at best, and Celine Dion’s Drove All Night didn’t redeem her.
She was set up for failure by being given two major songs by two of the biggest singers on the planet. Sindi may very well be in the bottom three tonight.
Moving onto Pieter West. He has become the punching bag of the competition despite him knowing what songs work for him.
West has a huge following but don’t be surprised if he is indeed in the bottom three tonight.
As for Elvis Blue, over the past weeks his stock has dropped big time. Blue’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was a fair performance but Randall Abrahams was on the mark when he said: “You missed the meaning of the song.”
His second song, Soul Sister, was fairly boring too.
But the blue-eyed boy is unlikely to go anywhere soon.
By far the best performance of the night, yet again, went to Durban boy Lloyd Cele with a Michael Buble song and Joe Cocker’s You Are So Beautiful.
Granted, these performances didn’t match previous performances, but they were the best of the worst.
Boki Ntsime’s performance was quite standard with the song choices he was given. He struggled with R. Kelly’s World’s Greatest, while the second choice, Toto’s iconic Rosanna, fell short of anything spectacular. Boki is a crowd favourite but it’s touch and go ...
The bottom three spots should go to Adeline, (although the FHM following may see her in top running), Pieter West and Sindi.
But let’s wait and see.