Seeing that I have time on my hands to always attend the Idols recordings and eat all the free food at their conferences and the “meet & great sessions”, I didn’t feel like cooking on Friday night and so I went down to the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands for the first time this year to hear what Top 10 Idols contestants sound like. Well for that and the free KFC afterwards….
Opening the show was Nosipho singing “Lady Marmalade”. I thought she did justice to the song, pity with such a big stage and very little room in her tight dress to move around, we got to see very little raunchy movements from her but her singing was on point, which is what matters. Next up was Obakeng with the song “Kiss” by Prince originally by Tom Jones. I gotta give it to him, the boy has talent, he sang well and even got a standing ovation from the crowd but can he not “Hlokoloza” to every jam? More especially that Jam? The oldest contestant as I like to refer to him, sang “Can’t get enough of your love” from one of my favourite singers, Barry White’s. I felt the song swallowed his voice more especially in the first verse.
The theme was Old School to new school, and that’s what contestant number 4 Chloe did, she brought 2012 to her song “Missing You” it sounded fresh hopefully it will get her the necessary votes. Simphiwe had people on their feet with the Reggae version of “Kiss and Say Goodbye” from the Manhattans. He also seemed overwhelmed by the stage, so much that he nearly took a tumble trying to dance. I think their next mentor needs to be someone who knows how to command the audience on stage. Dominic asked for a dollar, but there was no way I was going to give him a dollar after that performance, a rand maybe but I’m yet to hear how low or high his voice can go. While I might not be a singing expect, when something sounds monotone, I can hear it…I did there.
Mellissa performed the recently divorced Steve Wonder’s “Superstition” where she showed off her vocal ability which was nice and great except that little last part of the song. Khaya had a bit of a slow start but I have come to expect that from him, he did however command the stage well and boy can that boy sing. I kinda get the feeling the judges are hard on him just so that he doesn’t get complacent but given the nature of the boy and my very few interactions with him, he’s not the type, he takes his job seriously. Shekinah or Sheki as named on the press release did well to stay in the competition, shame at only 17, I hope Randall’s thoughts on her don’t break her and off course the night belonged to Tshidi, the best performance by far doing Whitney’s “How Will I know”. As for who will get voted out on Tuesday…I’ll reserve my bet but my favourites will make the cut and hopefully get to work with John Legend who will be performing at this Friday’s recoding.
By: Just Denis