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Official Idols SA website
Idols 8: a sad swan song for Sheki
Idols 8 : Songs of All Time
DStv Online | Mon, 10 Sep 2012
With only five contestants left in the competition, this week the
sang the classics: iconic hits that have been listed by
magazine as the Top 500 songs of all time. Each contestant had to prepare two performances for Sunday’s Spectacular and they were aided in their preparation by Freshlyground lead singer, Zolani Mahola.
Kicking off the first round was Pretoria’s
, who chose the U2 anthem
to open the show. “I think the phrasing and the timing of every word was exactly where it had to be, Monde,”
judge Gareth Cliff said approvingly. “But more than all that technical stuff, I felt it was real and I was in that song with you.” His fellow judge Unathi Msengana thought that Monde’s performance was “outstanding”. But unfortunately Randall Abrahams disagreed. “For a great song you need a great voice and you, I’m going to be honest with you, have a very good voice, but you don’t have a great voice,” he told Monde.
made Port Nolloth proud in the first round with a stirring rendition of the Bob Marley classic,
No Woman No Cry
. Gareth deferred to Unathi for her opinion. “Let’s see if the woman’s crying,” he joked. “You know how to belt out music,” said a disappointed Unathi, “but I wish you could take the lyrical message of the song more seriously.” Gareth agreed with Unathi’s assessment and said for that reason this had been a bad song choice for Simphiwe. Randall said he would not comment on the interpretation of the song, “but you have a tendency to over-sing,” he cautioned.
, 29, chose the John Lennon classic
as her first song to impress the judges. Gareth commented on how important and meaningful this particular song’s lyrics are, and he thought that Tshidi had “done it beautifully”. Unathi said Tshidi made her forget the original artist. “I think you brought a degree of soulfulness to it, but it’s the kind of song you don’t need to show off in,” Randall cautioned. “Often in music it’s what you don’t do that counts more than what you do.”
The 25-year-old pastor’s son from Durban,
, selected Marvin Gaye’s
Let’s Get It On
as his first song. Gareth seemed to weigh his words carefully… “It’s got to be done right…” he mused. “The fact is I didn’t get the sexiness, dude,” he said regretfully. “I’m with G on this one,” Unathi said. “Incredible performance vocally but I wish you could have sung it more from your groin,” she said. “Unfortunately you simply didn’t get under the skin of the song,” Randall criticised. “Singing the words is one thing. Singing the song is another,” he said.
Last but not least in the first round was P.E. beauty
, 23, singing Bill Withers’
Ain’t No Sunshine
. “None of you should ever choose your own music ever again,” complained Gareth, who insisted that the judges were not just in a bad mood tonight. “You guys need to focus on the meaning of the song,” Unathi criticised. “We know you can sing. Give us the meaning of the songs and make us feel,” she implored. “For not one second during that song did I believe that anyone had shone some sunshine into your life,” Randall grumbled.
At the end of the first round Gareth admitted that all the performances had been good, technically, but “the only one I thought was ‘in the song’ was Monde,” he said. Unathi also thought Monde took the first round and Randall said it was too close to call. “Everybody oversang and lost the meaning of the song,” he complained. He thought the only contestant who was in the moment some of the time was Tshidi.
Check out this video and find out who the fans thought was the best performer. And click through to the Idols site to get
judge Gareth Cliff's opinion
For the second round the songs were selected for the Idols by some of the country’s top radio stations. Monde’s second song, Justin Timberlake’s
Cry Me A River
, was chosen for him by Kfm in the Cape. Gareth simply gave Monde the thumbs-up. “Good choice,” he complimented the radio station. “I don’t think you’ll be in the Bottom 3,” Unathi predicted. Randall thought this song was a lot more in keeping with Monde’s style. “If you’re with us next week, song choice is going to be critical,” he warned.
To vote for Monde text the number 03 to 37400, or vote online or on MXit.
Highveld 94.7 in Gauteng chose Bonnie Raitt’s powerful ballad
I Can’t Make You Love Me
as Simphiwe’s second song of the night. “Simphiwe, I actually believed you!” said a surprised Gareth. “And I think you had the audience eating out of your hand,” he said approvingly. “You were so powerful and yet so still,” Unathi said happily. “Sometimes it’s not about you, it’s about the song,” Randall lectured. “Once again I thought it was oversung, histrionic and heartless,” he said mercilessly.
To vote for Simphiwe text the number 05 to 37400, or vote online or on MXit.
The song that KZN radio station Gagasi FM chose for Tshidi’s second performance was the Tina Turner classic,
River Deep, Mountain High
. “Us radio people aren’t as stupid as we look!” a delighted Gareth exclaimed. “I want to thank you because finally I’m really pleased I came tonight,” he said. “That was fun, that was feisty, that was cheeky... that was grrreat!” Unathi raved. And even Randall was happy. “It’s the kind of song that works absolutely for you,” he said. “You went for it and, you know… who dares wins.”
To vote for Tshidi text the number 10 to 37400, or vote online or on MXit.
Up in Polokwane, Capricorn FM decided that Otis Redding’s
Try A Little Tenderness
would be Khaya’s second song. Gareth had to wait for the roar of the audience to die down before he could speak. “I didn’t like the song choice because I thought it was going to cost you votes. But you did that right!” Gareth complimented. “It was so beautiful, and so… just... together,” said a beaming Unathi. And Randall thought maybe Khaya shouldn’t ever make his own song choices because the radio station’s choice was so good for him.
To vote for Khaya text the number 08 to 37400, or vote online or on MXit.
And finally, Melissa’s home radio station Algoa FM decided that she would close the show with another Tina Turner hit,
. “I never really thought of ‘Proud Mary’ being as sexy as that before!” Gareth smiled. He said Melissa brings a bit of pizzazz to the Top 5. “It was very sexy, “Unathi agreed. But she noticed that there was a moment where Melissa lost focus. “There are four weeks left!” she warned. Randall said that Melissa is a very good pop singer but while the performance as a whole worked tonight, he didn’t think it was a great vocal delivery.
To vote for Melissa text the number 07 to 37400, or vote online or on MXit.
The voting lines for the Top 5 Spectacular opened at the start of Sunday’s show and will close at 22:00 on Monday, 10 September. The results of the vote will be announced in the live Top 5 Results Show at the Mosaïek Teatro on Tuesday, 11 September, at 19:30, where Loyiso Bala will be the celebrity guest star.
Updates and further information can be found on the official Idols Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”, on Twitter @IdolsSA and on the official Idols Season 8 website at
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