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Un­der­dog Thato Makape, a bar­ber from Post­mas­burg in the North­ern Cape, trav­elled 1 250km to Cape Town for the au­di­tions and blew the judges’ hair back with Lau­ryn Hill’s I Wanna Give You Some Love. He still per­formed with a gui­tar back then, which the judges told him to ditch as it was com­pet­ing with his voice. He’s lost the dye in his dreads, but none of the hunger that has char­ac­terised his bid this year. And what a dif­fer­ence a stage coach makes. Where Thato stood static dur­ing his au­di­tion, to­day he’s the hottest dancer on the Idols stage. His ver­sa­tile voice has found its Afro-pop niche and the six-pack he re­vealed (and keeps flaunt­ing on stage) sure scored him a good few of those record-break­ing votes. His show­stop­per per­for­mance was ef­fort­less and full of en­ergy, and it didn’t sur­prise any­one when Ran­dall Abra­hams re­ferred to Thato as a young Usher.


VER­SA­TILE Makape has de­vel­oped as an artist and can ace any type of song

HOPE­FUL Thato Makape sings for the golden ticket af­ter trav­el­ling for a whole day and night

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