Christo in the mix

East Lon­don-born singer in ‘Idols’ Top 9

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EAST Lon­don-born singing sen­sa­tion Christo Daniels has made it through to the South African Idols Sea­son 13 Top 9.

The 21-year-old Buf­falo Flats singer did not de­spair after he did not make the pre­lim­i­nary rounds in Jo­han­nes­burg – and when the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self in Port El­iz­a­beth, he jumped at the chance of be­com­ing the next South African Idol. He said this had to be one of his great­est achieve­ments so far and hav­ing ap­peared on Idols had been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This has been such a won­der­ful jour­ney so far. Just mak­ing it through theatre week and [now] be­ing in the Top 9 is ab­so­lutely great,” said the singer who now re­sides in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Daniels said be­ing on Idols and, ul­ti­mately, win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion would open many doors for him in terms of break­ing into the mu­sic in­dus­try and es­tab­lish­ing his own brand as Christo Daniels.

The Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity Busi­ness Man­age­ment stu­dent has al­ways had singing in his blood.

Mom Dorothy Daniels said his love for singing took off when he was only seven months old.

“The sup­port Christo has been re­ceiv­ing is amaz­ing. We are a very close fam­ily and make sure we give him all the sup­port we can. Church has also been sup­port­ing him as he was in the wor­ship team when he was still in East Lon­don, “she said.

Christo will now be on the Top 9 Idols stage join­ing Pax­ton Fielies, Phindy Dube, Faith Msibi, Mthokozise Nd­aba, Botl­hale Phora, Thapelo Esau, Tee Xaba and Lindo Sithole.

The show is not only fun and games when elim­i­na­tion time comes around. “The tough­est mo­ment on the show for me has to be the elim­i­na­tion process be­cause you never know what is go­ing to hap­pen next. I felt this when I was in the bot­tom two of the top 10 and for­tu­nately the judges saved me,” he said. Christo says be­ing the first per­son in his fam­ily to make it to this stage in a com­pe­ti­tion, is a tremen­dous achieve­ment to both him and his fam­ily.

“I can only pray that he does well. I am very ex­cited for him, this is his dream and he is do­ing what he loves. “I just want him to en­joy his Idols jour­ney and we al­ways look for­ward to the next show as you never know what might hap­pen next,” Dorothy said.

Christo has had lots of fun and said that it is even more fun when (judge) Somizi Mh­longo is around. “Somizi is so much fun, on and off cam­era he jokes all the time and his com­ments are hi­lar­i­ous,” he said.

To sup­port our East Lon­don boy Christo and keep him in the com­pe­ti­tion, please vote for him by SMSing 10 to 37400. You can also reg­is­ter your cell­phone num­ber to vote without charge on (also 100 votes) Fol­low Christo on Face­book: Idols SA Christo Daniels, Instagram: chris­to­daniels or Twit­ter:

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SINGING SEN­SA­TION: For­mer East Lon­doner Christo Daniels is fly­ing the Eastern Cape’s flag in Sea­son 13 of ‘Idols’

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