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News: Judges' Reaction to the Showstopper

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:19
News: Judges' Reaction to the Showstopper
Pyrotechnics, amazing dancers and great performances – the latest Episode of Idols was all sorts of visual appeal. And lets not forget the auditory appeal from the group performance and from Idols Season 6 runner-up Lloyd Cele.

Shekhinah kicked off the individual performances for the “Showstopper” theme and sung the Britney Spears hit, “Till The World Ends”. “You looked like you were having a great time,” Gareth remarked. “You handled all of it really professionally – so we had fun too.” Unathi acknowledged how hard it is for a performer to sing and dance at the same time. “You kept your breathing regular, you sang, and you can let it all out now,” she said. “And that is exactly what today is about,” she complimented. “So big up yourself and thanks for the Dougie!” And Randall considered that Shekhinah’s youth counted in her favour “because you are just having such a great time – so fun, so young… all that sort of energy…” he said admiringly.

Watch her performance again:


Melissa was up next with her version of Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”. “Melissa, that was sexy as hell. It was really good,” Gareth raved. “I really thought that you would drop the ball vocally, but you didn’t. Well done.” “Thank you for reminding the country that the most beautiful, sensual women hail from the Eastern Cape,” Unathi joked. “I wish Rihanna had seen this before she actually recorded the video,” she flattered Melissa. And Randall was satisfied that Melissa had been consistent over the past couple of weeks and that her song choices have been good. “I think this week’s really going to work for you,” he predicted.

Be sure to watch Melissa on stage again:


Monde was the first of the guys to strut his stuff, performing “Scream” by Usher. Gareth noted that all the performances so far had been looking really good, but he had qualms over Monde’s turn. “It was good dude, it was not horrible, but I just felt that you were not completely in control,” he said. Unathi thought it might have been due to the song choice. “I think the choruses were very hyper and that’s where you came alive,” she noted. Randall thought Monde was “fantastic”. “I think this is going to be a really difficult week,” he noted. “I have no idea what is going to happen on Tuesday, because so far the performances have been great.”

Watch Monde again:


Simphiwe chose Chris Brown’s “Turn Up The Music” to hopefully propel him out of the Bottom 3, where he ended up last week. Gareth was impressed with his energy but, as with Monde’s performance, he worried that Simphiwe was not in control throughout. “Whereas with Shekhinah and Melissa I felt they were,” he worried. “I may be wrong – let the votes decide…” But Unathi pointed out that even Chris Brown himself recently had to mime that song because he could not sustain an entire live performance. “You completed the entire song, you sang it live, you are still alive,” she praised. “The person who owns the song could not do that, so big up yourself.” Randall thought this song choice really worked for Simphiwe. “I would say that this style of music is possibly best suited to what you do,” he advised.

Watch him once more:


And then it was Khaya, with his version of the Keri Hilson, Kanye West and Ne-Yo hit, “Knock You Down”. Gareth remembered that Khaya had expressed some insecurity about his dancing, “but you have nothing to worry about when it comes to dancing,” he reassured him. “That was fantastic. Well done.” Unathi said that she was speechless. “Tonight you KILLED it!” she praised. Randall agreed with Khaya that he is not the best dancer, “but what is important is that you relied on your singing in order to get you through and it worked,” he reassured him. “So it’s important to know what your strengths are and at this stage of the competition, focus on your strengths.”

Catch him on stage again:


It fell to Tshidi to close the show in grand style and did she ever, with her version of one of Beyoncé’s greatest hits, “Crazy In Love”. “Oh Tshidi, I just love you,” Gareth sighed. “It was the right mix of theatrics and performance and a little bit of dancing at just the right times, but you didn’t let the song take control. It was YOU. And I couldn’t take my eyes off of you.” Unathi was impressed that Tshidi managed to personalise one of Beyoncé’s most iconic hits. “You did not try to be someone else and you did not try to mimic her, which did you justice,” she praised. Randall remarked that, like Khaya, Thsidi knows that she is not a great dancer, “but from a vocal point of view, in terms of what you have to do in this competition… fantastic…” he praised. “Even though you’re not a dancer, your performance was still great.”

Watch Tshidi on stage again:


Remember, voting lines opened on Sunday (2 September) at the start of the show and close on Monday (3 September) at 22:00.

Here are the voting numbers:

03: Monde
05: Simphiwe
07: Melissa
08: Khaya
09: Shekhinah
10: Tshidi

You can vote online by clicking here.

Watch the Live Results Show on M-Net and Mzansi Magic this Tuesday, 4 September at 19:30 when Lira will be performing. Remember, entrance to the Mosaïek Theatre will be free if you want to be there in person.

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