It was in Joburg that we first met the shy 19-year-old from Alberton, who seemed to have such self-confidence issues you wanted to climb into the TV and hug her. Thando Mngomezulu didn’t even celebrate her golden ticket when she made it into the top 10 – her understated victory dance had Instagram lolling as she literally gave us a Madiba jive. But with time and lots of patience, we got to see Thando emerge from her shell. Today, you can see she loves she stage and has unleashed her inner warrior queen, and, with it, a sense of fun. She nailed her Destiny’s Child rendition and we were all talking about how she had improved, especially after her performance of Soweto Gospel Choir’s Ke Na Le Modisa. Then Thando topped it all last week with Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. You better duck because Thando is ready to drop some bombs on stage.
FLY Thando, one of the remaining three contestants, is now confident on stage
SHY Thando Mngomezulu during her audition at Carnival City in Johannesburg