Clash of the Choirs: A look back

31 March 2016
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Kelly and JR have had quite the journey on Clash of the Choirs. Week after week, they experienced highs, lows, lukewarm receptions and standing ovations. Here's what their Clash journey looks like:

Week 1
Team Kelly stole the show during the Choirmasters' Hits week, when her choir performed fellow choirmaster Busiswa's song Ngoku. She got rave reviews from all the judges, but she gave her choirs a stern warning, "Don't think you've arrived yet."


Week 2
Team JR was given a very big challenge during the Choirmasters' Hits week. They had to put their own spin on a Papa Penny track. Not an easy feat, but they gave it their all. The judges, however, were none too pleased with their performance, criticising their lack of precision and lacklustre vocal performance.


Week 3
Both teams really shone during Legends' week. Team Kelly resurrected the spirit of Brenda Fassie for their performance of Vulindlela, which really impressed guest judge and previous season's winning choirmaster Robbie Malinga.


JR reenacted a powerful moment in the country's history; when Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and walked the iconic victory walk, hand in hand with Winnie Mandela. They sang Vusi Mahlasela's When You Come Back, and got a standing ovation from Robbie Malinga. It was also the first time Anele called them the best sounding choir in the competition.


Week 4
90's Rnb was the theme, and Team JR once again shone. They sang Crazy by Kci and Jojo, got Mam' Ribs to instigate chants of "RJ! RJ!" from the audience, and once again, Anele called them the best sounding choir of the evening.


The anthem for positive body image and self acceptance, TLC's Unpretty, was the song Team Kelly had to give some Gauteng magic. They got the thumbs up from Zwai, but Anele didn't take to the Beyonce Run the World intro.


Week 5
Acapella week proved challenging to all the choirs, but both Team JR and Team Kelly used the opportunity to display what vocal powerhouses their choirs are, without the crutch of musical accompaniment.

Team JR covered Mirrors by Justin Timberlake, and did and Brandy Aphrodisiac break that was rather impressive.


Team Kelly really showed off their fun, colourful side by covering F.U.N and Janelle Monae's We Are Young. They added an African twist that stole Zwai's heart.


Week 6
The theme this week was Golden Oldies, and Team JR delivered an entertaining performance of Do You Love Me by The Contours, that had the judges on their feet. "This is what happens when you just have fun," Anele said.


Team Kelly had their first tough week this week. They sang Baby Love by the Supremes, but the judges found her performance underwhelming compared to the standard of performances they were used to from her. They found themselves in the bottom two and had to clash-off against Team Sifiso. In the end, the judges decided she had done more in the clash-off, and her choir stayed.


Week 6
The choirs had a huge theme to execute this week: movie soundtracks. Team Kelly gave a South African twist to Shy Guy by Diana King, from the movie Bad Boys. For their second song, they took on Lady Marmalade from Moulin Rouge. Both performances failed to impress, and one high-flying Team Kelly, found themselves in the bottom two again.


Team JR stole the night, as well as teo standing ovations. They brought the judges to tears in their soul-stirring performance of Don't Cry for Me Argentina form the movie Evita. They continued on their winning path when they sang Exhale from the movie Waiting to Exhale.


Week 7
During Local Hits week, Team Kelly came back fighting. It was during this week that they won the elimination free pass, and a spot in the finale.


Team JR also gave winning performances of Loliwe and Ngisemathandweni.


Week 8
In the penultimate episode last week, both Team Kelly and Team JR held no punches. The theme was Sarafina, and both teams embodied the spirit of the youth of 1976, and both teams gave performances that moved the judges, moved the audience, and moved the nation.

Team Kelly performed Nkonyane Kandaba and Lizobuya. Though safe form elimination this week, they didn't rest on their laurels and give mediocre performances."It's not about the elimination free pass, it's about the million," choirmaster Kelly Khumalo said.


Team JR performed Sechaba and One More Time, and with those performances, proved that they deserved to be in the finals, a feat they achieved at the end of the show when they beat Team iFani to the coveted finalist title.


Now, the power to choose your winner lies with you. Voting lines close at 22:00 today, so vote!
The finale will air live, this Sunday at 17:30.