Miss City Press hopeful aims to make her mark on Idols

Gail Nkoane’s good looks have been the talk of reality TV show Idols ever since she auditioned in Bloemfontein over five weeks ago.

The former Miss City Press entrant and Miss Kaizer Chiefs’s cropped hair, high cheek bones and wide eyes resemble those of Hollywood actress Halle Berry.

Despite her model looks, the ­businesswoman from Kimberley ­refuses to be stuck into the “all looks and no brains” box and is working ­extra hard to get as far as possible in the ­competition.

“When entering Idols beauty pageantry was really the last thing on my mind. I entered because I felt I had something to offer. I wouldn’t have entered if this competition was just about looks.”

Nkoane (25) runs her own events management company with her father in her home town.

“I am a full-time businesswoman and I want to put that past behind me but I am not ashamed of who I am because of my looks. I was born this way,” says the songstress.

Nkoane started her company after her mother and sibling passed away and her father faced unemployment.

Unfortunately comments from judges Mara Louw, Gareth Cliff and Randall Abrahams were biting after last week’s performance. Nkoane did a rendition of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

Cliff commented on Nkoane’s looks and Louw commented that her lower notes were “dodgy”.

Abrahams said Nkoane was still “too much of a corporate cabaret singer” for his taste.

Despite the harsh comments, Nkoane is not backing down and promised that today’s performance would add an unpredictable element.

“I make a choice not to allow the ­comments from the judges to put ­pressure on me. I don’t dwell on what they say for too long, the competition is pressurised enough as it is so you have to sift the good comments from the bad and use them to your advantage,” said the ambitious singer.

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