With Alberton’s Rhema Varrie falling at the last hurdle, the only woman left standing in Idols SA Season 11, 23-year-old Mmatema Moremi, took on 24-year-old Karabo Mogane in the Top 2 Spectacular for the title of South Africa’s next Idol.
The Top 2 each had three chances to impress the judges and the voters tonight. First, a song chosen for them by the Idols SA producers, then the brand new single they will release if they win the competition; and finally a repeat of their Showstopper song from the Top 7 Spectacular.
The Top 2 Spectacular was jam-packed with guest performances from South Africa’s top artists, like Danny K and Anantii, and Durban’s DJ Fisherman, along with NaakMusiQ, Dreamteam, Danger, and DJ Sk. It also included a spectacular opening number by the rest of the Idols SA Season 11 Top 10: Nadia Herbst, Elwira Standili, Lungisa Xhamela, Amanda Antony, Dineo Moseki, Loyiso Gijana, and Siphelele Ngcobo, performing Major Lazer’s “Lean On Me”
But the enthusiastic State Theatre audience was there to see which of the Top 2 finalists would come out tops. First out on stage to perform the song the Idols SA producers selected, was Karabo Mogane with Michael Bublé’s “Home”.
Gareth Cliff praised Karabo’s versatility, and Somizi Mhlongo said he was the best male vocalist of all seasons and that he wanted Karabo to sing at his wedding. Unathi Msengana thought it was the most romantic rendition of a Bublé cover. Randall advised him to give his very best performances now, in the race to the final.
Karabo’s Winner’s Song, should he win, is called “Ding Dong”. He told Gareth he was over the moon to have his own song, and Gareth thought it was a very sexy song. “I had to restrain Somizi,” he joked. Somizi reserved judgment – maybe I will like it more the more I hear it,” he said, but Unathi thought everybody would be talking about it the next day. Randall thought it was very special to finally hear the Idols singing their own music.
Karabo’s choice to end the “Showstopper” round, was EDM hit “Blame” from Calvin Harris. “You’re not giving an inch, dude!” Gareth exclaimed. He thought it was Karabo’s best performance ever. Somizi had to call for order, and jokingly told Karabo to “Gerrarra here!” Unathi praised Karabo for showing how versatile he is, and Randall wished him good luck for the final week.
Fans can vote for Karabo via USSD by dialing *120*33033# (Calls are charged at R1,50 per minute, limited to 200 votes per cellphone number); by SMSing his voting number 02 to 37400 (SMS's are charged at R1.50/SMS, limited to 100 votes per cellphone number); or for free via WeChat (100 times per cellphone number); or for free on the official mobile site or Idols SA website or at www.mnet.co.za/idolsSA, 100 times per cellphone number for each valid voting period.
The producers chose the brand new Adele smash hit “Hello” for Mmatema Moremi’s first round and Gareth thought she might have won the competition with that song alone. “Those are the types of songs you have to sing,” Somizi advised her. “You speak to the heart and the soul,” he said. Unathi said she couldn’t believe it was Mmatema’s third time entering the competition. Randall said he looked forward to working with Mmatema in the future.
Mmatema's first single as South Africa’s eleventh Idol, if voting goes her way, will be “Because of You”, produced by DJ Cleo. Gareth told Mmatema how happy he was for her and Somizi already couldn’t stop singing the hook. Unathi thanked her for singing an anthem that is empowering to young women. Randall commented on how hard Idols contestants have to work and said how much he’s looking forward to the finale. “It’s going to be tough,” he predicted.
Mmatema repeated her Whitney Houston hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for her “Showstopper” round. “There’s nothing really to say except well done and good luck,” Gareth said, and Somizi and Unathi both praised her as brilliant. “You worked really, really hard, you deserve to be here and good luck,” Randall said in closing.
Fans can vote for Mmatema via USSD by dialing *120*33033# (Calls are charged at R1,50 per minute, limited to 200 votes per cellphone number); by SMSing her voting number 10 to 37400 (SMS's are charged at R1.50/SMS, limited to 100 votes per cellphone number); or for free via WeChat (100 times per cellphone number); or for free on the official mobile site or Idols SA website or at www.mnet.co.za/idolsSA, 100 times per cellphone number for each valid voting period.
Voting for the Top 2 opened during the course of the live broadcast and will only close at 22:00 Friday evening, 20 November.
The result will be announced live at the spectacular Idols SA Season 11 Finalé at Carnival City on Sunday 22 November, featuring guest performances from MiCasa, Judith Sephuma, Cassper Novest, and the Idols SA Season 11 Top 10. Rumour has it even Somizi Mhlongo might be coming out from behind the judges’ desk!
Tickets are already sold out, but the Idols SA Season 11 Finalé will be broadcast live on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv, and Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv. In the meantime Mmatema and Karabo are embarking on a Telkom Idols SA publicity tour around the country this week.
They will be performing live at Canal Walk in Cape Town on Wednesday and at The Workshop in Durban on Thursday. All the details of these performances are on the official Idols SA website and will be tweeted throughout by the Top 2.
All the terms and conditions for Idols SA Season 11 voting are explained on the Idols SA website.
For the latest information on Idols SA visit the official website at www.idolssa.tv, follow @IdolsSA on Twitter, ID IdolsSA on WeChat, or like the official Idols SA Facebook page at ‘Idols South Africa’.