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Idols SA: Top 10 Suffer Harsh Critiques As They Take Judges Playlist

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The all-new glamorous Top 10 were unveiled on Sunday night, bringing some pop star allure to the Idols SA stage.

This evening’s theme was the Judges’ Playlist, an on-going friendly match to see which judge will have the most songs picked by the contestants. The honour went to Unathi, whose tally of five songs picked dethroned last year’s winner Somizi.

The show got off to an up-tempo start when a red-clad Nosipho performed Lady Zamar’s pop hit, Collide. Randall said it reminded him of Kylie Minogue, but she needed to “turn it up” more. Somizi, on the other hand, predicted it to be a forgettable performance.

Next up was Mthokozisi, who looked spiffy in a tuxedo jacket, taking on Maxwell’s Ascension, a decision applauded by Unathi who said: “To attempt a falsetto with such a deep voice is commendable.” An unimpressed Somizi put it bluntly: “There was no dynamic, no colour. It was bland. It wasn’t nice.”

Lincoln came on stage in a flamboyant floral outfit that he said was inspired by Somizi. His rendition of Ringo’s Sondela was “respectful”, according to Unathi. Randall felt he brought soul to the song, and Somizi said he killed it.

The judges agreed that the diminutive Xae brought some fire with her vocals on Shekhinah’s Please Mr, but needed to go “big” and show off more personality on stage instead of sorely relying on her voice.

The contestant who likes to “smile with my eyes” took on Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Niyaaz received some mixed reviews, with the judges pointing out the song had started off well, but he had over-sang it by the end. “You don’t need to over-emote; the song’s lyrics are enough,” advised Randall.

Self-confessed tomboy, Ntokozo, took on the uplifting gospel anthem Fill Me Up by Tasha Cobbs. Unathi called her attempt “fearless” while Randall felt the song itself was going to save her for this week.

Thato brought it back home with I Got You by Encore. “You are the first performer so far this evening to have presence. You know that this is a competition,” was Randall’s compliment. “You are the full package,” concurred Somizi. “You have charisma, charm and confidence. Your tone went hand in hand with that song.”

The petit Thando took on the big guns with Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Unathi and Somizi gave their critique, but all everyone heard was Randall. “Blah blah blah! Finally, we have a competition!”

Blouse-loving King B had all eyes on him as he sang Love On The Brain by Rihanna, with just a piano for accompaniment. “You are a true example of honesty and self-acceptance. You are not just a voice, you are honesty and we love that honesty,” said Somizi. “You are also a great singer. You do melodrama well.” Unathi summed it up: “You killed it! This is one of my favourite performances so far.”

Teen wonder Yanga closed off the show with a superb rendition of Amazulu by Amanda Black, that left Unathi emotional. “I had specifically chosen that song for you and hoped you’d pick it. You have done it justice; avulekil’amazulu.”

With the judges having made their song choices and their voices heard, it’s now up to the voting public to keep their favourite on the show.

 

 

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Imbewu: The Seed Hits 4 Million Viewers!

Imbewu has reached the highest ratings in the show’s history.

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Months after etv’s flagship soapie, Scandal! reached a milestone by tipping the 6 million viewer mark earlier this year, the channel’s Imbewu has followed suit with its own impressive feat. The telenovela reached more than 4 million this week, amid a drama-packed unravelling of a storyline that threatens to destroy one family.

At a recent media event, hosted by show stars Leleti Khumalo, Thembi Mtshali-Jones and Fundiswa Zwane, the channel committed to hitting the 4 million mark.

In turn, over 4 million South Africans tuned in to watch the fallout last week, after KaMadonsela turned her family’s private affairs into public shame, with a dramatic reveal.

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About Imbewu

Produced by Anant Singh, Leleti Khumalo and Duma Ndlovu, IMBEWU: The Seed started broadcasting in April this year and has quickly built a loyal audience.

Set in KwaZulu-Natal, the production has helped to develop the region’s television production industry. When the show launched, Khumalo said, “We wanted to tell authentic stories about people in Durban, and its rich and colourful diversity. We decided to do that than right here in our vibrant city, at iconic and recognisable locations and employing local people as cast and crew.”

 

The show’s authentic approach and riveting storylines have resonated with viewers around the country.

 

“We have worked closely with the team at Grapevine Productions to ensure that we produce a brilliant show with compelling storylines,” says e.tv’s head of local productions Ziyanda Mngomezulu. “We thank the production team, the cast and the crew for delivering a great show and look forward to reaching greater milestones in the future.”

 

The drama is set to continue throughout December as KaMadonsela seeks retribution for the big betrayal.

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Pearl Thusi To Star On Netflix’s First Original African Series

Pearl scores role in first ever African original Netflix series, Queen Sono, in 2019

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Netflix has collaborated with Pearl Thusi and comedian Kagiso Lediga – who both star in the South African movie Catching Feelings – on their first ever original African TV series! Entitled Queen Sono, production on the looming dramedy is set to begin in 2019.

In an awe-inspiring clip she shared on her Twitter account on Monday, the Quantico actress couldn’t hold back tears. “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent”, she said, delivering the exciting news. “I can’t believe I’m saying this!’

Thusi continued to thank Netflix and her team, who have worked tirelessly to make it all happen.

Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals for Europe and Africa tossed around some tea on what viewers can look forward to. Speaking to Independent Online, Kelly said the show will “have dramatic elements, a bit of humour and very very character driven.”

Netflix already revealed that Queen Sono is just a start. They are looking at doing a lot more in Africa.

RELATED: PEARL THUSI ON QUANTICO!

Her role on the show is being compared Claire Underwood’s game-changing character on House Of Cards, but Pearl Thusi is no stranger to the international market. The actress appeared on the second season of American TV drama Quantico. She played a certain Dayana Mampasi.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Fun Facts About Bonang Revealed On Tropika Smoooth Fan

Fans uncover interesting facts about their fave Bonang Matheba. Here’s 10 Things you might have not known about Bonang

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There’s nothing quite like finding Bonang Matheba in the hot seat to spill more tea about herself!

And the Queen B, who typically keeps the most intimate details of her life away from the public, was more than willing to open up as she embarked on a hunt for a die hard fan on the latest Tropika Smoooth Fan episode.

Viewers at home were able to unearth some pretty interesting fact about the Television Presenter during the live Quiz Show.

Four ‘smoooth’ celebrity fans were chosen out of thousands to compete in a variety of interactive games and ultimately Dianetse Letsika proved she was Bonang’s smooothest fan.

Dianetse won prizes to the value of R23 000 and will now move on to compete in the final alongside the smooothest fans of the other celebrity contestants in the hopes of winning R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze.

These Are Some Of The Exciting Things We Learned About Bonang Matheba On Tropika Smoooth Fan: 

  • Bonang was born and raised in the beautiful city of Mafikeng.
  • Her middle name is Dorothy.
  • Mo’ghel is the proud sister to two brothers.
  • Her family calls the star by her nickname Mafanda.
  • Before she became a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, Bonang wanted to be a teacher.
  • Viewers fell in love with Bonang from her very first gig. She hosted the popular SABC 1 music show ‘Live’. The platform essentially catapulted her into superstardom and the presenter went on to present a range of television shows like the popular magazine show ‘Top Billing’.
  • In the early days of Bonang’s career, she ventured into the world of YouTube with an exciting online reality show titled B*Dazzled.
  • Fashion has always been something Bonang has been passionate about. While she’s worn some incredible outfits throughout her career, the star has also had a few of her own ranges – namely Baby Star, her bag range, Distraction, an underwear line for Woolworths, and Bonang By Bonang, a T-shirt range which was launched earlier this year.
  • Bonang has had an incredible rise to fame and shared her story in the best-selling autobiography ‘From A to B’ which was released last year.
  • The star wears a size five shoe.

The show airs Fridays at 6PM, on SABC 3.

 

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