This past weekend, Mzansi got a taste of the excellence they can expect to see over the next few weeks as the Top 17 compete to be the South African Idol for 2019.
Season 15 has come with some pretty interesting twists. For the first time in Idols history – we have a Top 17 instead of Top 16. And in two weeks, SEVEN contestants will be eliminated from the show. So, Group One of the Top 17 really needed to bring their A-game to ensure their spot in the Top 10.
Tonight’s theme was “Trending”, so the contestants had to sing songs that have set social media on fire over the past few years.
From Mpumalanga-born Sizwe Hlatshwayo to Capetonian Xola Toto, the contestants wowed the judges who were not short on compliments. There were even two standing ovations from Somizi Mhlongo – one for KwaZulu-Natal’s Mmangaliso Gumbi and the other for twin Virginia Qwabe.
Mmangaliso travelled 550km to get to this point in the competition and tonight proved it was all worth it with her performance of Mlindo’s Egoli. Randall Abrahams made up for all the times he said “no” by giving her three yesses and Unathi Nkayi was thrilled by her performance.
Virginia’s rendition of Kelly Khumalo’s Themba prompted Somizi to call her the perfect star. Unathi said she was an authentically South African performer who was not afraid to be authentic, while Randall commented she showed just what the guys were up against.
Other performances that got the crowds wild with cheering were Virginia’s twin, Viggy, whose performance of Zahara’s Mgodi moved Unathi to tears.
Nolo Seodisha, who sang Talk by Khalid also got kudos from the judges. While Randall said Nolo was probably the best of the male contestants, he wondered whether he really wanted to win enough.
But that is not to say the guys did not have their moments, with Sizwe, the first contestant of the night, generally impressing the judges with Tigi by Sands. Somizi did not think much of his dance moves, but he said his voice gave him goosebumps. Unathi thanked him for giving the song deeper meaning.
The evening ended on a high note, with Xola setting the stage on fire with Black Coffee’s hit Come with Me (You Set My World on Fire). All the judges were unanimous in their compliments, saying she exuded confidence and sang like a seasoned performer.
Voting has started and the five contestants with the most votes automatically get into the Top 10. Next week, the four contestants with the most votes will also secure their place in the Top 10, with one spot being reserved for the wildcard entry – the contestant from either week who get the next highest number of votes.
Top 17 performers and their songs
Sizwe Hlatshwayo: Tigi – Sands
Dinky Kunene: Get you – Daniel Caesar
Mmangaliso Gumbi: Egoli – Mlindo
Louise Nichols: Without Me – Halsey
Andy Keys: Girls Like You – Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B
Virginia Qwabe: Themba – Kelly Khumalo
Viggy Qwabe: Mgodi – Zahara
Nolo Seodisha: Talk – Khalid
Xola Toto: Come with Me (You Set My World on Fire) – Black Coffee
The much-anticipated Idols Season 15 live shows has begun! This year, we are embarking on an exciting new set-up for live show attendance. This means that complimentary tickets can no longer be issued. The live shows are still open to public and tickets are available for sale at Webtickets. We thank you for your support through the years, and look forward to sharing many exhilarating high notes with you during Idols Season 15!