Will tears of a su­per­fan mean magic for Pax­ton?

Sunday Times - - NEWS - By LEONIE WAG­NER

Fans are an im­por­tant as­pect of an artist’s ca­reer.

Ri­hanna has her “navy”, Lady Gaga has her “monsters”, Justin Bieber has his “beliebers” and Idols South Africa hope­ful Pax­ton Fielies has the tears of a South African Air Force sports in­struc­tor.

Fielies, 17, is one of the fi­nal four con­tes­tants in the com­pe­ti­tion, which is near­ing its fi­nale on Novem­ber 19.

But it’s not only the con­tes­tants who have been en­joy­ing their mo­ment on cam­era.

Fam­ily friend An­dre Kenned can be seen each week cry­ing when­ever Fielies sings.

Kenned, who works in the sports depart­ment at the air force, said his col­leagues knew him as a stone-faced sports in­struc­tor.

“I never cry, but when Pax­ton sings she moves me. The emo­tions come from hav­ing known her since she was a child. When she sings I get chicken skin, my hair raises and then I just cry. She’s our lit­tle dy­na­mite.”

Kenned said it was not just her voice, but the thought that Fielies was in­spir­ing young peo­ple in some of South Africa’s poor­est ar­eas that made him emo­tional.

Many have mis­taken Kenned for Fielies’s fa­ther, which her fa­ther Paul de Bruyn said he found amus­ing.

“He is not re­lated to us, the fam­ily ac­tu­ally had a nice laugh about it be­cause af­ter he was on TV ev­ery­one started say­ing he’s Pax­ton’s dad. I don’t mind be­ing in the back­ground. I al­ways tell Pax­ton that I’m her Dr Phil be­hind the scenes,” De Bruyn said.

Last week fans ral­lied be­hind their favourite and man­aged to send in a record­break­ing 12 mil­lion votes. This week the re­main­ing con­tes­tants — Fielies, Mthokozisi Ndaba, Phindile Dube and Botl­hale Phora — will fight for their spot in the fi­nal three and a trip to Lon­don.

KwaZulu-Natal hope­ful Ndaba is hop­ing his trau­matic start to the com­pe­ti­tion will mean he has a tri­umphant end to it.

The 25-year-old from KwaMashu, who was mugged and shot af­ter his Dur­ban au­di­tion, said the idea that he gets to per­form for mil­lions of peo­ple ev­ery week “puz­zles” him.

“Be­fore Idols I was hus­tling alone. It’s very hard to hus­tle alone. Now that I’ve passed the top four, I want to go all the way. If I win, it will be a bonus and a bless­ing from God,” Ndaba said. He is al­ready writ­ing a book, to be ti­tled Pain Pays, which he hopes will in­spire oth­ers.

Idols SA is live ev­ery Sun­day from the State The­atre in Pre­to­ria, and broad­cast on Mzansi Magic DStv 161 at 5pm.

Pic­ture: Idols SA

Mthokozisi Ndaba, Pax­ton Fielies, Proverb, Phindile Dube and Botl­hale Phora dur­ing the ‘Idols South Africa’ show at the State The­atre in Pre­to­ria.

An­dre Kenned can’t help cry­ing when ’Idols SA’ hope­ful Pax­ton Fielies sings.

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