It is almost time for the Idols SA to crown its 2017 winner and as expected, the competition has reached critical stages with Sunday’s top four already unveiled.
The finalists were revealed after a contest held at the State Theatre. The show kicked off with Faith Msibi singing Pharrell Williams’ hit, Freedom. She was booted.
The show also delivered a great stage presentation from new kids on the block Killer Kau and Mbali who performed their hit song, Tholukuthi Hey.
It is now between Gareth Cliff’s favourite and the youngest contender for the throne, Paxton Fielies, Phindy Dube, Botlahlale Phora and Mthokozisi Ndaba to make the remaining weeks count before the winner is revealed.
The theme for the night was The Year I Was Born and Contemporary Hits and each contestant had to perform two songs which speak to this theme. Phora who has won over supporters for his previous performances reminded fans of his instrument-playing prowess when he performed Joan Osborne’s One Of Us.
The hard to please judge commended the 21 year old for being brave for pulling out his guitar at this stage of the competition, while Somizi called him the perfect example of versatility.
Phora dived in with his first song, Charlie Puth’s One Call Away, which had the judges reinforcing his likability factor, predicting that his fans will keep him in the competition past this week.
Phindy Dube who has been having lukewarm comments from judges chose Ringo’s 1997 love anthem, Sondela. She received all-around positive feedback from the judges.
While judges Unathi and Randall were underwhelmed with her second song Sorry by Beyoncé, Somizi urged her to pursue a career in music should she not win Idols because “there is a market for her”.
Western Cape’s Fielies chose Christina Aguilera’s 2000 hit I Turn To You.
Randall praised, but also mentioned that he would have preferred a more contemporary song. The teen made him happy when she chose the Black Coffee mix of In Common by Alicia Keys which earned her a “whooo shem” from Somizi.
Unathi bets that Black Coffee will be calling on Paxton the next time he needs a singer for the song on stage.
The last one through to the top four was Ndaba who chose Boyz II Men’s poignant It’s Hard To Say Goodbye in the company of a piano and backing vocals.
Ndaba rose to the occasion, judging by the judges’ comments, with Randall saying he loved the arrangement and “there couldn’t have been a better song” for him, before closing off his contemporary performance with Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean.
“We’re happy when you’re happy,” Unathi said. Somizi and Randall were equally chuffed, with Randall predicting that it will be tough for fans to vote because “no one let the side down”.