Berry Trytsman and Karabo Mathe were part of Idols SA history as, for the first time, the Top 3 was made up of women. Tonight Berry and Karabo, after battling it out in the last round to be the two finalists standing, will compete to be Idols SA Season 17’s winner.
Their journey has been a lengthy one, and it started long before this year’s competition. Both Berry and Karabo had entered Idols SA before, but didn’t make it far in the competition.
This year their resilience, determination, and commitment sees them sitting in the Top 2 – readying themselves for news on whether they are the last woman standing as Season 17’s Idols SA winner.
“I decided to enter again one last time, because the last time I entered I promised myself I’d enter again. I always live up to my promises and here I am,” Berry says, chuckling.
Karabo says she decided to enter for the second time because she’d learned some lessons and had grown musically. “I felt I needed the Idols platform to show the judges what I had learned and that I worked on what I was told by the judges to fix. I wanted to try again to show the judges that I had worked on improving my abilities and stability.”
In speaking about their favourite songs they’ve each performed this season, Berry says it’s tough to choose her favourite songs as it is a toss-up. “I’m gonna have to go with singing Amanda Black’s Power; and I really enjoyed Basuka (Ayanda Ntanzi’s hit, which Berry performed in isiZulu with the gospel singer and pastor in a duet). And I also really, really enjoyed singing Never Enough from the Greatest Showman.”
For Karabo though, her pick of a favourite song is easier. “It has to be Paradise Road by Joy, because it was calm, cool, and a lot of people enjoyed it. It showcased my voice in a way that I also didn’t know that I could.”
There is another reality that the two finalists will be confronted with tonight: there can only be one winner, so where to from here, despite the result in a few hours?
Karabo: “I believe that after Idols I’ll still be creating music and continuing to go all the way with that. I’ve enjoyed being in the industry these past four months, so I’m gonna continue making music and healing people through my music.”
Berry: “I just wanna continue making music. I’m not picky on genres because I absolutely love all genres and to dabble in anything and everything possible when it comes to genres and musical creativity. Also, I’m going to sing absolutely anywhere and everywhere that I can get to sing.”
Already renewed for the 18th season, Idols SA, like many other talent discovery shows, continues to prove its years-long appeal with aspiring performers and audiences. So, Wooden Mic aside, we ask Berry and Karabo to share their pearls of wisdom for up-and-coming stars who plan to enter.
“Make sure that you are emotionally and physically mature because it’s a very tough industry. Idols is nice because it’s already professional. It teaches you how the industry works – and there are ups and downs. It’s gonna test your abilities to work within pressure; your ability to be polite and respectful to people even when they don’t agree with you; and it’s also gonna test your ability to maintain your character, your being, and who you are throughout this entire process. You need to be ready and stable for anything that is gonna come your way,” Karabo says.
Berry advises that anyone who wants to enter Idols must make sure that they are ready.
“It’s not just a test of vocal ability, but endurance. You need to be physically, emotionally, and mentally ready for something like this. And yes, it is definitely an experience worth having in your lifetime, but you need to make sure that you are strong enough – not just vocally, but also strong enough to remain and be who you are as a person, and being happy with that. Also, make sure that you pray.”
Tonight’s finale is reported to also feature surprise performances by some of Mzansi’s biggest artists, including Amapiano star, Musa Keys; the much-loved Mafikizolo; and Mzansi’s “Grootman”, Oskido.
Reigning Idols SA champ, Zama, will also be on stage to perform music off her brand-new album, and of course, Berry and Karabo, the stars of the show, have a number of performances lined up for the evening.
Watch the finale on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161, tonight at 5pm.