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