This Sunday our SA Idols will be cut down to eight as one of last weeks contestants will be sent home. Here is what they are planning to sing, plus our Idols correspondent Chris Luther weighs in on how he thinks each singer is fairing in the competition.
Nelspruit’s Bongi Silinda (24) chose the Toni Braxton hit “Breathe Again”.
Chris: A strong favourite in the competition. Called the “Diva” vocalist, Bongi needs to show what a modern diva looks and sounds like and keep surprising us as she did with “that note” from the Goldeneye performance.
Durbanville singer Demi Lee (24) plans to perform the Bryan Adams anthem “Please Forgive Me”.
Chris: Our wild-card choice. Except for “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”, Demi has been quite strong and consistent, adding something which we have had very little of on SA Idols…a viable pop star. As with any pop singer in the world (Britney, Christina, Ariana, Pink) Demi will have to make sure she sings material she connects to but also that the public can connect with in order to flourish in the competition.
Kyle Deutschmann (27), the chiropractor from Durban, has prepared Counting Crows’ “Mr Jones”.
Chris: A contestant which quite honestly I did not think should be in the Top 16. With the live performance shows, Kyle has completely won me over (just as Zoe Zana did in the same stage of the competition last year). Kyle needs to continue to show how he can be a current star which can easily fit in the market today and he will do well.
Lize Mynhardt (21) from Stellenbosch is going vintage R’nB with the Boyz 11 Men classic, “I’ll Make Love To You”.
Chris: Lize, who was one of the most popular contestants post top 30 round in Sun City, has a very strong chance in winning the competition. Unfortunately she has not chosen the best songs over the past two weeks. However if she finds material she connects with, she might be unstoppable as her tone and musicality are of a very special standard.
London Louw (24) from Cape Town’s song is the Cranberries hit “Zombie”.
Chris: Many things would have been said about London over the past few weeks, none of them can include “he is just so boring and predictable”. It has been exciting to watch London finding who he is as an artist on the show, and we have been loving the journey. London will have to make sure that he continues to surprise and impress by being himself but also ensuring he lets his talent shine.
eMalahleni’s Musa Mashiane (27) keeps it African with the hit “7 Seconds”, by Youssou N’Dour, featuring Neneh Cherry.
Chris: Musa…The name sounds familiar, just can’t place it ;) Musa might have the same name as the amazing Musa Sukwene who won last year but thankfully, they are completely different artists stylistically. Musa has shown musicianship which very few contestants have shown in the past few years on Idols. He would need to continue to use his talents to draw the viewer in and use the smoothness of his voice to get them to vote for him.
Cape Town music student Roxy McVean (19) has selected M-People’s “Moving On Up”.
Chris: Our other wild-card choice. I was very happy that Roxy made it through last week as she has one of the most beautiful tones of the season. The challenge for Roxy is going to be picking the right songs which introduce us to who Roxy sees herself as when she will be making that debut album.
Tumi Morobane (21) from Johannesburg will be performing Gloria Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around”.
Chris: Tumi, our other potential pop star this season, has had a great run on this season of Idols (after making it to top 30 last season). If Tumi can tap into being true to herself but displaying pop elements of Leona Lewis and Rihanna she could make a combo which will definitely be a force to be reckoned within the competition. Variety will also be key so switching between songs such as “Birthday” and “Bleeding Love” and all tempos in-between will be critical for her success.
And the worship leader from Pietermaritzburg, Vincent Bones (29) is going with Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk”.
Chris: Vincent is our resident old school RnB singer this season. He has picked the best songs for himself so far in the season (including the best performance of the entire season thus far when he sang “When A Woman Loves” by R Kelly.) However, there are still many songs and weeks left until someone is crowned a winner. The biggest challenge for Vincent will be to keep the public engaged by changing up the song choices (in terms of music styles) but still maintaining the high standard he has delivered thus far.
That’s the journey thus far. Tune in on Sunday and let the competition continue as there can only be one…..