Win­ning for­mula for Idols

Saturday Star - - OPINION -

“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,” said the late Amer­i­can sport jour­nal­ist, Howard Cosell.

To­mor­row, the 2017 Idols SA sea­son goes 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 SA 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.

Mthokozisi: 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 the true Chris­tian he is, he knew that a set­back is a set-up for a come­back. I have heard a lot of mem­o­rable per­for­mances from him. How­ever, the duet with Thami that de­liv­eredSam Smith’s Lay me Down stands out for me. It was too beau­ti­ful for words. In­ter­est­ingly, it was sung last week and 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 in his way. He is or­phaned and was shot in both legs ear­lier this year. I never felt pity for him on stage, be­cause he pours his heart out. Mthokozisi is re­silience per­son­i­fied. For that, he de­serves a spot in the fi­nal.

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

Well, I also know that it has to be some­one de­serv­ing. 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.

My fond­est mem­ory 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. Ev­ery­body, quite lit­er­ally, was on their feet. It was not about who is here to sup­port whom. It was a unit­ing song to Idols SA sup­port­ers. The song says, “My light show me the way”. Ev­i­dently, the light has shun upon Botl­hale thus far; and to­mor­row, with his fans, we hope he makes it to the fi­nal. He has got that thing! Ha ba hemisi (he doesn’t give them a chance to breathe).

Pax­ton: At first, I wanted this teenager to pack her bags and fo­cus on school. Yes, typ­i­cal of a black South African who thinks ev­ery­body should get his/her 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 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 mu­si­cal shows that when you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

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

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 win will still not be the ul­ti­mate vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ka­belo Cha­bal­ala is the founder of the Young Men Move­ment. Email, k ab e l o 0 3 c h ab a l a l a @ g mai l . c o m; Twit­ter, @Ka­be­loJay; Face­book, Ka­belo Cha­bal­ala

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