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IT IS the weekend of reckoning for Paxton Fielies and Mthokozisi Ndaba.
One of these two will by the end of tomorrow be known as the 2017 Idols SA winner. One will probably be mourning how close he or she got to taking the over R1 million in prizes guaranteed to the winner.
The two remaining contestants performed in their last competing episode last Sunday and await his/ her fate to be announced tomorrow at the grand finale at Carnival City.
When Paxton first auditioned in Cape Town, judge Randall Abrahams admitted to not being sure of how long she would last on the show because of her timid nature and the unique sound of her voice.
But the youngest contestant on the show silenced her doubters week after week with eye-catching performances of songs such as Alicia Keys’s In Common and Side to Side from Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj, as well as a particularly memorable rendition of Beyoncé’s Listen, for which Somizi climbed on top of the judges’ table to make his approval known.
Mthokozisi Ndaba, from KZN, overcame a life-threatening situation on his route to Idols fame. The 25-year-old was mugged and shot in both legs weeks before the first round of theatre performances started. Ndaba, who quickly became one of this season’s favourites, was at his peak throughout the Idols journey, winning over a legion of new fans with his rendition of AKA’s Caiphus Song during the showstopper week, for which he brought Thembisa Mdoda on stage.
His version of Ringo Madlingozi’s Kum Nakum also received great reviews, as did his performance of his own song in last week’s show. But it hasn’t been plain sailing for Ndaba in terms of his performances. During one show, he forgot the lyrics to Neo’s So Sick, and his confidence seemed to take a knock as a result.
As the weeks went by, however, he knuckled down to the task at hand, taking heed of Somizi’s advice: “What tends to happen is that when somebody gets the feeling that they might win, they drop the ball or become big-headed.”
This Idols SA season has been full of twists and turns, particularly in the Top 16 round, which saw 12 female contestants and just four males. Just when it appeared we were headed towards an all-female finale, the boys upped their game. Soon, only three females were left, while all four men clung to their places. It was some power shift.
Other highlights came from Botlhale Phora, 21, from Ga-Rankuwa, who gave moving performances, such as when he attempted The Soil’s Sedi Laka backed up by The Soweto Gospel Choir and Tresor’s Never Let Me Go. But despite millions of votes, Botlhale lost out to Mthokozisi in the race to join Paxton in the final. Randall, however, assured him that a great future awaits.
As in previous editions, this year also saw the return of previous Idols contestants, hoping to go one better this time around. Budding stars like 20-year-old Thapelo Esau, Lindokuhle “Lindo” Sithole and Faith Msibi all showed their fighting spirit until the last of this group was eliminated in the top 6.
Tomorrow’s show promises great entertainment with a number of guest performances from the likes of Tira, Destruction Boys, Naakmusiq, and TKZEE among others, and the two hopefuls pulling out all the stops for the last time.
The Idols SA finale will be screened at 5pm on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161.
Mthokozisi Ndaba and Paxton Fielies… all ears will be tuned in tomorrow night as they will be in full vocal cry to take the ‘Idols SA’ honours.