All that starts well ends well. This was the case when 31 hopefuls took to stage to sing for the last time before the Idols SA judges could deliberate and decide on who will make it to the top 16 of season sweet 16.
The solo performances were off to a great start when Succedor performed first for the final auditions of the group impressed the judges. “He just shut it down. I mean, there is no question of whether he was good or not,” emphasised Unathi.
Although the judges enjoyed his performance, Succedor already felt like a winner. “I’m so honoured to be working with musicians that work with big artists in the music industry. I never thought I would have this opportunity. I’m honoured. It is really a step closer to my dream,” he explained.
Qhawe followed and all three judges were convinced that his voice, looks and stage presence were fit for an Idols SA winner. In Randall’s words, “He will get votes.”
From there, the solo performances were not convincing for so long. Most of the contestants hoped that the judges would see beyond their nerves, flaws and see the passion in their eyes for singing.
It was a more than a handful of shaky performances that left Unathi, Randall and Somizi unimpressed. Nevertheless, Dee, Busi, Bongi, Sonwabile and Ndoni restored the hope in the judges. They belted out the songs that were chosen for them like they really wanted to win the competition.
Then there was lady BE who ensured that the race to the Top 16 was fully back on track. She sung Dumi Mkokstad’s song Ziphozenkosi with so much grace in her voice. The judges suspected that she has stage performance experience by the way she carried out her delivery of the song.
Towards the end, two returnees – Melanin and Diego – went on stage to try and give the competition another try. Unfortunately for them, the judges weren’t persuaded enough by their deliveries of their redemption songs.
The last few days of Theatre Week ended well with Zhan Reece closing with a bang. Somizi and Unathi were dancing on their seats, smiling and cheering him on. He even got a standing ovation from Unathi and a loud cheer from Somgaga, who was asking for more from him.
“The most exciting stage of the competition is just around the corner and viewers should expect something special as our 31 contestants will get to know in a week’s time whether they have made the cut to be in the top 16 or not,” says Nomsa Philiso, Director for Local Entertainment Channels.
And that is how the curtains closed on the 2020 Season 16 Theatre Week.
The question now is, who sung well enough to secure a spot in the Top 16?