Only 2 places in the fi­nale – who will it be?

Pretoria News Weekend - - OPINION - Ka­belo Cha­bal­ala

‘THE ul­ti­mate vic­tory in com­pe­ti­tion is de­rived from the in­ner sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that you have done your best and that you have got­ten the most out of what you had to give,” the late Amer­i­can sport jour­nal­ist, Howard Cosell, said.

To­mor­row, the 2017 Idols sea­son gets one step closer to crown­ing the win­ner, and I hope that the three re­main­ing hope­fuls re­alise the ul­ti­mate vic­tory isn’t win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion it­self.

I want Mthokozisi or Botl­hale or Pax­ton to win Idols Sea­son 13. Un­for­tu­nately, come next week Sun­day, there will only be one man stand­ing, or lady.

Let me share my thoughts on why I think each one of them de­serves to be in the fi­nale.

The 25-year-old from KwaMashu has had a very dif­fi­cult road to the Top 3. I remember the news about his shoot­ing just af­ter he got his golden ticket for theatre week. That could have been a set­back. But like a true Chris­tian he is, he knew that a set­back is a set-up for a come­back. The duet with Thami that de­liv­ered Lay me Down By Sam Smith stands out for me. It was too beau­ti­ful for words. In­ter­est­ingly, it was sung last week, and it is as fresh in my mem­ory as yes­ter­day.

It is in­deed a story of pain and fame. How­ever, what I like more about this Zulu boy is this: he never lets the pain get on his way. He is or­phaned and was shot in both legs ear­lier this year. I never felt pity from him when he is on stage be­cause he pours his heart out. Mthokozisi is re­silience per­son­i­fied. For that, he de­serves a spot in the fi­nale.

It has al­ways both­ered me that Idols takes place in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal and to date, there hasn’t been a win­ner emerg­ing from Pretoria.

Well, I also know that it has to be some­one de­serv­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion. My prayers could be an­swered in Botl­hale. His per­for­mances are syn­ony­mous with ver­sa­til­ity. The Ga-Rankuwa-born singer has got all it takes to win this. He is like­able. My fond­est mem­o­ries of Botl­hale’s take on stage has to be his ren­di­tion of Sedi Laka by The Soil.

The State Theatre erupted into a wor­ship house.

Lit­er­ally, ev­ery­body was stand­ing on their feet. It was not about who is here to sup­port who. It was a unit­ing song to Idols sup­port­ers. The song says My light, show me the way.

Ev­i­dently, the light has shone upon Botl­hale thus far, and to­mor­row with his fans, they would hope he makes it to the fi­nale. He has got that thing! Ha ba hemisi (he doesn’t give them a chance to breathe).

At first, I wanted this teenager to pack her bags and fo­cus on school. Yes, typ­i­cal of a black South Africa who thinks ev­ery­body should get his break­through in life through school.

I quickly swal­lowed those words as this teen showed me that her be­ing young has got nothing to do with how well and great she can sing.

I knew from the Top 10 that if South Africans vote for tal­ent, she would not be ig­nored. Pax­ton is amazing.

Her com­pre­hen­sion for mu­sic, lyri­cal con­tent and ev­ery­thing mu­sic shows that when you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

All her per­for­mances were fault­less in my books; most im­por­tantly, they were a re­minder to me why she is in this com­pe­ti­tion to win in.

At the end, there will be only two peo­ple in the Sea­son 13 fi­nale, and whether it’s Mthokozisi and Bothale or Mthokozisi and Pax­ton or Botl­hale and Pax­ton, I will be happy. They all de­serve it, and that will still not be the ul­ti­mate vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion. ● Ka­belo Cha­bal­ala is the founder of the Young Men Move­ment. E-mail, ka­be­lo03cha­bal­ala@gmail.com; Twit­ter, @Ka­be­loJay; Face­book, Ka­belo Cha­bal­ala.

Mthokozisi: Botl­hale: Pax­ton:

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