Pax­ton set to make his­tory

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­DREW ROBERT­SON

TONIGHT, peo­ple of the West­ern Cape will be glued to their tele­vi­sion screens as Pax­ton Fielies goes head to head with Mthokozisi Nd­aba for the ti­tle of sea­son 13 win­ner of Idols SA.

The 17-year-old is the youngest con­tes­tant in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Pax­ton will per­form Des­tiny’s Child’s Stand Up For Love and if she brings home the crown she will again per­form her de­but sin­gle, Demon­strate.

Af­ter her per­for­mance of the sin­gle last week, ac­cu­sa­tions emerged from a Twit­ter user with the han­dle:@ult­boys­re­pub­Iic who said the song was be­ing “sold with­out any kind of credit”.

“Not only is the song be­ing per­formed with­out credit to the orig­i­nal artists who sang it or the writ­ers/com­posers, it is also be­ing sold with­out any kind of credit. Please RT this and/or share the story to get the story out there,” a tweet read.

Gallo Records is­sued a for­mal state­ment which read: “It has come to at­ten­tion that cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als on so­cial me­dia have ac­cused Pax­ton of pla­gia­rism and theft based on her de­but Idols sin­gle, Demon­strate.

“This is not theft. Pax­ton is the singer of the song only, she has not and does not claim to have writ­ten the song or to own the copy­right. All rights are ap­proved. No rights in­fringe­ment, no pla­gia­rism, no theft.

“It is a tal­ented young girl sing­ing a song that was given to her to sing, pre­sented to her la­bel by the par­ties who wrote it, to re­lease as her ver­sion in an­other lan­guage, with the ap­proval of the pub­lish­ers, song­writ­ers and com­posers, who will also get paid, by earn­ing roy­alty rev­enue from any com­mer­cial suc­cess,” it read.

There is uncer­tainty as to whether Pax­ton will go back to school this year.

The Grade 11 pupil from Bishop Lavis at­tends Bel­har Sec­ondary School, an arts-fo­cus school which has groomed a va­ri­ety of tal­ent, such as for­mer Idols SA con­tes­tant Zoe Zana, Lee-Anne Williams, Kim En­gel­brecht and Jo-Dee But­ler.

The West­ern Cape Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Paddy At­twell, said: “Our cir­cuit man­ager has dis­cussed Pax­ton’s case with the prin­ci­pal. She has not com­pleted her school-based as­sess­ment for Grade 11 and has missed the end-of-year ex­ams.

“In the cir­cum­stances, we en­cour­age her to give the com­pe­ti­tion her best shot and re­turn to her stud­ies later,” said At­twell.

Prin­ci­pal Carl Davids said it is un­clear whether Pax­ton would re­turn to school, af­ter the sing­ing show comes to an end.

“We don’t know whether she is go­ing to win or not. Pax­ton has made con­tact with us to find out what the sit­u­a­tion is in terms of if she can come back if she would be al­lowed to carry on with ex­ams. Of course we will let her write the ex­ams,” he said.

Pax­ton, how­ever, said she is still com­mit­ted to her ed­u­ca­tion.

“I will def­i­nitely com­plete my stud­ies in any way pos­si­ble while pro­mot­ing my brand and work­ing on my mu­sic.”

Look­ing back, Pax­ton said her favourite episode was had been the Top 10 show be­cause it had been her birth­day.

When she re­turns to Cape Town she said she would spend time with her fam­ily and close friends.

Pax­ton will per­form for 15 000 peo­ple at the Huawei KDay mu­sic fes­ti­val, rub­bing shoul­ders with top lo­cal acts in March.

“I’m very ex­cited about the event and shar­ing the stage with such amaz­ing artists is most def­i­nitely a bless­ing. I have def­i­nitely grown, not only as a per­son but as an artist.

“I’ve learnt a lot, not only about my­self but also about the in­dus­try and how tough it is out here.”

The Idols fi­nalé is at 5pm tonight on Mzansi Magic, DStv chan­nel 161.

PIC­TURE: JAC­QUES NAUDE/ANA

The West­ern Cape is get­ting be­hind Pax­ton Fielies, 17, as she com­petes in the Idols SA fi­nals tonight.

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