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