Fame still a fac­tor for elim­i­nated Avo­dah

The com­pe­ti­tion on The X-Fac­tor South Africa is close to nerve-wrack­ing with the Top 7 prep­ping for this week’s show after the axing of girl group, Avo­dah. De­bashine Thangevelo caught up with Sindi Ntomela to find out how the group feel about their elimin

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT TELEVISION - ● The X-Fac­tor South Africa airs on Satur­day at 6pm on SABC1.

AVO­DAH’S vo­cal range place them in a league with some of the in­dus­try’s cel­e­brated di­vas.

But the six-mem­ber fe­male group com­prised of Nonku­l­uleko Cossa, Nondumiso Radebe, Zanele Nyembe, Phila Masi­mang, Siziphiwe Ndlovu and Sindi Ntomela were chopped from the com­pe­ti­tion in Satur­day’s episode of The X-Fac­tor South Africa. By the way, Cossa wasn’t on stage with her band mem­bers as she wel­comed her baby into the world.

Ntomela, the group’s spokes­woman, sheds light on their jour­ney to­gether: “It’s been great. And, yes, at times we en­coun­tered chal­lenges. But I think all groups go through chal­lenges be­cause there are so many per­son­al­i­ties. We have a process. First, we dis­agree. Then we sit down and talk through things and, to­gether, make a fi­nal decision.”

With all of them gifted vo­cally, the dif­fi­culty is agree­ing on the lead for a song.

She con­tin­ues: “With the help of our men­tor, Oskido, we are able to con­struc­tively work out the dy­nam­ics and put to­gether our per­for­mance. We en­joy singing and it is our ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive.”

She de­scribes who brings what to the ta­ble: “I bring the crazi­ness to the group. Nondumiso and Zanele bring a sense of to­geth­er­ness and calm. Phila is a quiet soul. Nonku is young, fun and keeps us on our toes – she’s more crazy then I am!”

On choos­ing Shin­ing Star by The Man­hat­tans for Satur­day’s per­for­mance, she says: “It was a song we se­lected with the as­sis­tance of Oskido. The song was a per­fect fit to showcase our vo­cal abil­i­ties. It was also a song we ded­i­cated to Nonku, who has just had a baby. We felt we per­formed it re­ally well.”

Although she be­lieves they brought their A-game to the stage, it wasn’t enough for South Africa to keep them in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­der­stand­ably, the re­sults were a bit of a shock.

She ad­mits: “It feels like we were gone too soon.”

For­tu­nately, the jour­ney has been re­ward­ing in other ways, like the band get­ting to work with an in­dus­try heavy­weight in Oskido.

Ntomela shares: “He’s like a dad, a brother, fa­ther, friend and men­tor – all in one! He’s a well-known per­son­al­ity and so suc­cess­ful at what the does. It’s a priv­i­lege for us to have worked with him and we learnt so much. We thank God for the op­por­tu­nity. He brings so many great ideas and he un­der­stands the dy­nam­ics of the group. He pro­vided us with good di­rec­tion, from our song choice, vo­cally, to our look on stage. He’s a man of his word.”

Although there were set­backs – which is par for the course in such a fast-track-to-fame re­al­ity se­ries – Avo­dah also grew and evolved in their time on the show. Where to from here? “We are go­ing to stick to­gether and follow our jour­ney as a group. We are not go­ing to give up. The

X-Fac­tor South Africa has been a huge plat­form for us.”

Of the re­main­ing seven acts, their Top 3 favourites (in no spe­cific or­der) are: Four, a pop rock and R&B-in­spired boy band; Eliezer, who, after a self-de­struc­tive past, is hop­ing for a fresh start – es­pe­cially for his three-year- old son; and Gavid Ed­wards, who dreams of a solo ca­reer… and he has en­joyed some suc­cess al­ready, hav­ing played key­boards for Westlife’s Bryan McFadden and En­rique Igle­sias.

And so the bat­tle on the mic con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum.

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MAK­ING THEIR EXIT: All-girl band Avo­dah be­came the lat­est ca­su­alty in the re­al­ity se­ries, The X-Fac­tor South Africa.

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