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News: The Guys Rock The Audience

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:17
News: The Guys Rock The Audience
The voting stages of Idols SA are all about the audience. Impressing them could secure a Contestant a spot in the Top 10 this Sunday.

Twitter and Facebook were on fire this weekend as South Africa got to vote for their favourite Contestant.

Saturday evening saw the guys kick off the Idols Weekend with their performances at the Soweto Theatre.

First up was Matthew singing "Save Tonight" by Eagle Eye Cherry. While some thought his performance was mediocre, others tweeted ‘He has my vote!!”.

What you, the fourth judge, said:
He just chose a boring song but I think he has potential. - Zinhle LadyZat Maimela

I doubted him during Theatre Week but after tonight's performance I've changed my mind. It really was a great performance! - Mpho Sesele

Not sure. He was not good enough. - Olwethu Olo Dlovashe

Unathi said Dumi’s performance of “Sexy Love” by Ne-Yo really worked for his target market while Randall thought it was ‘completely forgettable’.

‘If you want to grow and progress in the competition, you need to hear that and up your game, so I’m glad it went this way because I’m going to bring it’ says Dumi

What you said:
He did well, I loved his performance! - Thabiso Smomondiya Mangena
Something was missing in his song. It was dull - Nomvula Mntande
I think he could have done better, ths was nt the talent I fell in love with. -Zama KaJesu Sibuyi

‘You completely owned that song’, Idols Judge Gareth said after Obakeng’s performance of Lemar's "If There's Any Justice".

What you said:
SA has TALENT. Simple and plain. - Makhaka Mak Dolomba
You've got a powerful & beautiful voice, your performance today was excellent! Keep up the good work. - Vuvu Pikashe Sontshi
That was a wise song selection. No one could pulled off this song like he did. - Siyabonga Nzama

Jean failed to impress the judges with his version of "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills.

“I didn’t like anything about it, it felt phony. Really, it did nothing for me. It was horrible” Gareth said at the end of his performance.

Even with the tough criticism from the judges, Jean said he still had a good time.

Simphiwe had impressed all three judges at his first audition, continued to impress at Theatre Week and was back for more excellent feedback and to win over the votes he needs to make it to Top 10.

His take on Sarah McLachlan’s "Angel" had audiences screaming, gave Judge Unathi goose bumps and even in tears by the end of his performance.

What you said:
OMG!!!! One word: AMAZING!! He will make it very very far. - Lucy Hoorn
Simpi, do us in the Northen Cape proud my man. - Danielle Steenkamp
He has an amazing voice...His perfomance tonight literally got me in tears. - Ntombi 'tricia Zowa
I'd pay my money to go watch him perform like that..Keep it up bro, we'll keep voting - Zintle Singo

Dominic took on Jamie Cullum's rendition of "Don't Stop The Music" with a great deal of success. But maybe he should work on those dance moves a little more.

“What a curious strange little fellow you are. You are a very odd bizarre little man…but I kinnda liked it though, it’s endearing, so keep surprising us and I’ll keep supporting you” was the first thing Gareth said after his performance.

On Facebook Helga En Jannie Els thought “it was a fun performance” and Wynnette Hagan wrote, “very different version, you stand out and are not afraid of being different from anyone else..... Love it”.

30 year old Monde gave a show with his performance of R Kelly’s “When A Woman Loves”.

“There’s lots of thing you can buy with a credit card, but you can’t buy soul man,” an impressed Randall said at Saturday night’s performance.

What you said:
Still can't get over his performance - this was great, awe-inspiring. Goosebump city! - Debbie Joubert
Superb performance Monde!!!! Standing ovation from me!! - Pam Reynecke

Khaya, an early favourite in the competition, wowed the audience at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday night with Alicia Keys’ "If I Ain't Got You".

But could all the hype he has been getting so early in the game be bad for the aspiring Idol?

Gareth said: “You an early favourite in the competition which is a bit of a poisoned chalice in some respect because it means there is a huge amount pressure that maybe isn’t felt by anyone who is still finding their way.”

“Khaya was simply BRILLIANT once again. He is proving nothing is impossible in music, to him. Now he has the Great Alicia Keys's song his own,” Darryl Parfitt posted of Facebook after his performance.

Treasure has been dubbed ‘the underdog’ of the competition by Unathi saying, “the underdog in any good story ends up being victorious”.

What you said:
Wonderful performance with great energy. - Debbie Hemmens
I loved his performance. He has natural talent and he doesn't need to try too hard. - Zinhle LadyZat Maimela
There is something unique about this guy. Give him a chance, you might be surprised. - Ngculu Shakur Sinethemba

But Randal was not entirely impressed with Treasure’s performance of Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me".

“Good performance but certainly not good singing,” he said.

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