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Nadia leaves the Idols' stage

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28 September 2015
Twenty-year-old Nadia Herbst from Paarl is the first Top 10 finalist in Idols SA Season 11 whose dream of becoming South Africa's next Idol was shattered by the voting public.
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Twenty-year-old Nadia Herbst from Paarl is the first Top 10 finalist in Idols SA Season 11 whose dream of becoming South Africa's next Idol was shattered by the voting public.
 
In a shocking new turn of events the former teenage beauty queen had to wait until the very end of the show to hear the result, which turned tonight's show into one of the tensest Idols SA Spectaculars ever seen.

In the past the voting results were revealed before the singers took the stage, but this week the Idols SA contestants were called onto stage one by one, in no particular order, to perform their number in this week’s musical theme of “Songs with Strings”.
 
In the end only Nadia and Amanda Anthony were left standing, knowing that only one of them would get to sing in the competition again.

South Africa showed their love for this season’s Top 10 in no uncertain terms this week with over four million votes cast. “It’s an all-time record for this phase of the competition,” M–Net's Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard noted. “Even the contestants who received the fewest votes this week have already built a massive following and have a good chance of carving out a successful career in the industry,” she said.

Before the unbearable tension of the show the Top 10 were treated to professional makeovers and a shopping spree this week, courtesy of their fashion sponsor Truworths, and the results are on show at the Idols SA Top 10 “Style Finder” on the official Idols SA website.

24-year-old Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit was the first to be called up to perform tonight, and enjoy the relief of knowing he was in the Top 9, and he performed Adele’s mega-hit “Rolling In The Deep”.
“It was a mature performance,” Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff told him. “You re very impressive guy when it’s just you and the microphone,” he noted.  Somizi Mhlongo encouraged Karabo to pursue a solo career as a singer regardless of what happens in his Idols SA journey.  “You’re a superstar,” he said.
Unathi Msengana agreed with Gareth about the maturity of Karabo’s performance, but Randall Abrahams thought that before he got to the song’s chorus, “the verses were staid”.
“The lack of interpretation just killed me,” he commented, and he expressed the hope that Karabo would take his advice seriously, because he likes him and would like to see him stay in the competition.

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 second contestant to make the Idols SA Season 11 Top 9 was Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Inanda, singing Thandiswa Mazwai’s “Nizalwa Ngobani”.
Gareth thought that the performance was rather flat. “I really expected more,” he said. “I was disappointed.” Somizi noted that you can’t mess around with Siphelele Ngcobo’s music. “It was very risky and it did not pay off,” he said. Unathi commended Siphelele on his love of South African music, “especially because it was the artist’s birthday yesterday,” she said. “I think you did a sterling job,” she told Siphelele. But Randall thought it was flat. He told Siphelele every contestant gets an opportunity during the Top 10 phase to give a performance that they will be remembered for. “This was the song,” he said, “but not the performance. Every opportunity you had to make it memorable, you didn’t take.

Fans can vote for Siphelele 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 04 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. 

16-year-old Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage was up third with the Sara Bareilles ballad, “Gravity”.
Gareth thought it was a very odd song, “but it showed you off very well. You’re a very talented vocalist, my friend,” he told Loyiso.
“Your artistic intelligence is beyond me,” said an impressed Somizi. “You know what,” he told Loyiso. “Go home – we’ll see you in the Top 3.”  Unathi agreed with Somizi that Loyiso’s artistry is unrivalled, and Randall thought that the other judges had said all that was needed to be said. “If you don’t get votes tonight, I imagine the Japanese will win the World Cup,” he joked.

Fans can vote for Loyiso 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 09 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. 

Elwira Standili (22) from Worcester was the first girl to make the Top 9, singing the Christina Aguilera anthem “Hurt”.
“Well done to you for a song that’s very hard,” said Gareth, but he did express a wish that she would have showed a little bit more contrast. Somizi agreed. “Give your song colours, give your song levels, “ he advised. “Don’t just Jennifer Hudson everything.”
Unathi pointed out that Elwira’s performance might have been a result of her and Randall’s comments in last week’s show, when they were underwhelmed by her performance. And Randall thought at that her phrasing wasn’t too good at the start but “then you started to live the song,” he admitted, “And I think that’s going to get you votes.

Fans can vote for Elwira 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 01 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 next contestant up on stage, and safe in the Top 9, was Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Langa in the Cape, singing Eric Benet’s “Hurricane”.
Gareth admitted that he was worried about the song choice, “but you were masterful, man,” he told a relieved Lungisa. Somizi was glad to see that Lungisa had his confidence back. “Keep on singing like that,” he said.
“Welcome to the Top 9,” Unathi told him. And Randall warned that if he keeps making it look this easy people might not think they need to vote for him! But he thought so far this evening, this performance was “the most well-rounded, the most professional.”

Fans can vote for Lungisa 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 07 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. 

Mmatema Moremi (23) from Limpopo celebrating making the Top 9 singing a Demi Lovato song, “Warrior”.
Gareth thought that she should be safe to get enough votes this week. Somizi thought it was a great song choice, but he asked that she showed him a different side of her artistry next week. Unathi noted that Mmatema was obviously nervous when she started, “but that’s a good place to be,” she told her. Nerves will keep Mmatema giving her best, she said.  Randall agreed with Somizi, and he pointed out that some of her top notes were a little strident.

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. 

Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg was the next contestant to make the Top 9, and she chose the Beyoncé hit “Broken-Hearted Girl”.
Gareth noted that Dineo struggled a little bit with her breathing in this difficult song, but Somizi was ecstatic. “You owned the room!” he told her. “Everyone else wears pacemakers and you ran!” he raved. Unathi thought it was a perfect song for Dineo, but Randall noted that maybe the nerves got her a bit. He warned that as the competition tightened, the performances have to be perfect.
Fans can vote for Dineo 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 05 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. 

21-year-old Rhema Varrie from Alberton was relieved to be the third-last contestant called up on stage, to sing the John Legend ballad “This Time”.
“It was fine,” was all Gareth had to say. “You have a great voice, very sincere and honest,” he told Rhema. “And I think that’s why people like you.” Somizi advised him to keep his eyes open and connect with his audience more. But he still thought it was the best performance of the night. “It was more than fine!” Unathi chided Gareth. “You are peaking at the perfect time,” she told Rhema. And Randall hopes that if he survived the week, he would sing a fun, uptempo song next week.

Fans can vote for Rhema 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 06 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. 

And then, in an eerie replay of the Top 16 results at Sun City, only Nadia and 22-year-old Amanda Antony from Port Elizabeth were left on stage. Back at Sun City Nadia got the last place in the Top 16 and Amanda had to go home. This week their fortunes were reversed, as Idols SA host ProVerb revealed that Nadia was the contestant who did not get enough votes to stay in the competition. 

Saddened for her friend, but relieved to still be in the competition, Amanda took to the stage to perform the Kelly Clarkson hit “Because of You”.

Gareth congratulated Amanda and assured her that she’s a great singer. “Jy’t pragtig gesing!” Somizi smiled, and Unathi thought it was technically one of the best performances so far this season.  

Fans can vote for Amanda 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 03 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 9 opened at the close of tonight’s live broadcast and will close at 22:00 on Tuesday, 29 September.
 
All the terms and conditions for Idols SA Season 11 voting are explained on the Idols SA website at http://idolssa.dstv.com/article/how-to-vote-for-your-idol-20150830 <http://idolssa.dstv.com/article/how-to-vote-for-your-idol-20150830>
 
The result of this week’s vote will be announced during the live broadcast of the Top 8 Spectacular next Sunday, 4 October, on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv, and Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.
 
Tickets to the Idols SA Season 11 Live Spectaculars are available from Computicket.
 
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