Los­ing not a to­tal loss for Ed­wards


FOR Gavin Ed­wards who was booted off The X-Fac­tor SA yes­ter­day, suc­cess has al­ways been in his blood. Way be­fore he joined the show he had al­ready rubbed shoul­ders and worked with some of the top mu­si­cians in the world, like Westlife’s Bryan McFadden and En­rique Igle­sias.Yet, he still needs a solo ca­reer, which ex­plains why he was a con­tes­tant on The X-Fac­tor. Be­ing men­tored by singer and song­writer Zonke, Ed­wards was sure he would go far in the com­pe­ti­tion, but con­ceded de­feat when it faced him.

“It was a tough one for me. Things got heated ev­ery week and it was a mat­ter of time be­fore my turn to leave came,” said Ed­wards, who was sur­pris­ingly cheer­ful.

He had hoped that he would still be in the com­pe­ti­tion to­day, but he also learnt from oth­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences that noth­ing was a given on the show.

“You pray that it’s not you go­ing and some­times your prayers are an­swered, but in the end the chop falls on you. It only means some­one else’s prayer was an­swered with my de­par­ture,” he the­o­rised.

Hav­ing gone through a se­ries of ex­cru­ci­at­ing per­for­mances which were tax­ing for him, the fa­ther of two still be­lieves he gave it his all.

“I wouldn’t change a thing if I could do this again. I told my wife that I would give 150 per­cent of me and if I make it, then great, if not, then great as well. I have no re­grets what­so­ever,” he said non­cha­lantly.

Per­haps him be­ing un­con­cerned came from the fact that he has some cool deal lined up for him in the near fu­ture, thanks to The X-Fac­tor SA.

“When Kirk Whalum played on the show, he ex­pressed that he’d want to work with two con­tes­tants and th­ese ended up in­clud­ing me.

“So we are go­ing to be trav­el­ling to the US and play­ing at some gigs with him. I think Vodacom will be pay­ing for that, so that should be great. I might not have won the fi­nale, but I came out with some­thing and I am look­ing at mak­ing it count,” he said.

While he is in the US, Ed­wards plans to write songs in iconic ar­eas like Nashville, to give his al­bum an au­then­tic feel.

“Any­one in mu­sic will tell you the magic that comes with Nashville and I am look­ing for­ward to tap­ping into that,” he said.

He could not be drawn on who he thought would win the show as he called the ex­pe­ri­ence “un­pre­dictable”.

“Each time we saw the bot­tom two we were shocked so I could never com­mit to telling you who will win,” he said.

While he got Whalum, some­one might catch John Legend’s eye as he is on the show this Satur­day. The mu­sic theme for the week is “South African song­book”.

The X-Fac­tor SA on SABC1. Live gala show, Satur­day, 6pm, re­sult show, 7.30pm.

BOOTED OFF: Gavin Ed­wards with his men­tor, singer and song­writer Zonke.

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