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We Are Down To Just the Top 4 As Niyaaz Bites The Dust on Idols SA

Top four talented hopefuls remain to battle it out for their lives on Idols South Africa

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As we edge closer to the hotly anticipated finale of Idols South Africa season 14, the stakes keep mounting for the remaining handful of hopefuls. But while one of them will soon be crowned South Africa’s next big name in the music business, Niyaaz is no longer in that running.

Sunday night may have started off on a sombre note when Proverb paid respects to his friend and Motswako rap pioneer, Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo, who passed away earlier this week; but the divine spirit soon took over the State Theatre when Dr Rebecca Malope took the entire Mzansi to church!

The gospel superstar enlisted the help of the Top Five to lift the country’s mood with her hit hymn, Moya Wam, backed by the multi-Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

The reverence continued for the first round with the Soweto Gospel Choir as the contestants each performed a gospel-themed song. Thato was up first with Jimmy Cliff’s Many Rivers to Cross. The poignant tune received rave reviews from the judges, with Randall predicting that Mzansi will see him in the finale.

Thando’s name was called next, and she blessed all with the Soweto Gospel Choir’s own Ke Na Le Modisa. “See what happens when you have fun!?” he exclaimed. Randall added: “We’ve been waiting for you to enjoy yourself!” Unathi finished off with: “Wooooow! You had character, you had charisma; you were in your element!”

Yanga came on with a medley of Avulekil’Amasango/One Love from the Soweto Gospel Choir. The performance left Somizi speaking in tongues. “Hallelujah!” Randall complemented her, and the rest of the contestants, on stepping up her game; and Unathi called her “amazing”.

It came down to Niyaaz and King B to complete the Top Four and Mzansi voted to keep the teen from Kagiso for another week, saying goodbye to Cape Town’s Niyaaz. King B gifted Mzansi with a powerful rendition of Lebo Sekgobela’s Lion of Judah that had Unathi and several audience members in tears. “You got the first cry this season, so you’ve done something right,” was Somizi’s assessment. Randall simply called his voice “remarkable”.

The second round kicked off with a quintessential Dr Ribs performance that saw her shake the stage with the Soweto Gospel Choice and performing her signature move of “wiping the floor”.

Thato took things continental when he stepped on stage singing Davido’s monster hit, If. The judges again gave him a unanimous thumbs up, with Unathi calling him “magnificent” and Randall praising his “versatility and consistency”. When Somizi voiced his faux-disappointment at not seeing some skin action, Thato awarded his fans a peek of his abs. “Your fans all over the country are now happy!” laughed the judge.

Thando’s second song was Thando by Naima Kay. Somizi shared that last week’s guest judge, Matthew Knowles, had called her “the queen of ballads” and advised her to stick to the genre. “You are a powerhouse!” he declared.

Yanga kept it local with Sjava’s Impilo, which the judges found faultless. Randall’s only advice was: “Next week is going to be a tight and extremely difficult show. Every song will have to be absolutely stand-out to get to the final.” Unathi said she had “no doubt” the youngster will be in the final, and Somizi’s forecast was that she was going to be a superstar, whether she wins or not.

King B closed the show with Kahle by Amanda Black. Unathi called his overall performance “well rounded and balanced” and Somizi begged for more colour and happiness from him next week.

With the final just around the colour, the contestants are bringing their A-game on stage and hoping their fans bring their “thumb game” to the voting battle. Do best to see your fave make it to the Top Three!

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Yanga Wins Idols SA Season 14!

The 17-year-old on Sunday became one of the youngest contestants to bag the title

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The race between Yanga and Thato came to a dazzling conclusion tonight when 17-year-old Yanga snatched victory to become South Africa’s next superstar.

Mzansi collectively held its breath as millions of eyeballs trained on host Proverb, crossing fingers for their favourite to be named the SA Idols Season 14 winner. Yanga, who becomes the second consecutive teenage girl from the Western Cape to win the title after last year’s Paxton, becomes an instant millionaire thanks to a staggeringly awesome prize package that includes a record deal, car and a myriad of other glamorous prizes.

“I can’t put into words how I feel right now, but I can say it in song,” said a shell-shocked Yanga a few seconds after her name was called, before bursting into a gratitude chorus.

Her runner-up, Thato, gave her a warm congratulatory hug and thanked Mzansi for the immerse support. And what support South Africa has shown, with a season record of 142 million votes, surpassing the targeted 100 million that Proverb had set in the beginning of the season.

After gruelling months of sweat, blood and tears, tonight was a two-hour celebration of a great season that saw some of the youngest contestants on the Idols stage in a while.

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Game of Thrones Final Season Set To Premier in April 2019!

The End is Near…

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After months of mounting anticipation – and a whole year of playing around with possible finale plot twists amongst avid fans – the hotly anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones finally has a date!

HBO on Tuesday confirmed that Throners can expect the epic wrap up of the world’s biggest television series in sometime in April, 2019.

HBO accompanied the announcement with an epic promo for the final season, which features some of the most iconic moments in the show’s groundbreaking 7 seasons. While there’s no official word yet on when the show will be airing in South Africa, we know M-Net had previously confirmed they would be airing the final season Express from the US, as usual.

Who’s ready?

 

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Idols SA: Thando Sent Home as Thato and Yanga Sprint To The Finish Line!

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The road to the SA Idols final may have come to an end for Thando, but last night’s live show was more of a celebration than a sad farewell.

The Top 10 made a surprise return to the stage to memorialise the record-breaking 110 million votes garnered over the season so far, with nearly 22 million of those coming in over the past week as Mzansi fans fought to keep their favourites in the competition.

Small in stature and big in voice, Alberton’s pride leaves Idols with a bagful of memories and an amazing experience including a Dubai trip and a newly-recorded single called Wasting Time, which she performed live and is already available on most digital platforms.

Yanga and Thato, who Mzansi chose as their finalists for Season 14, also debuted their first-ever singles tonight.

Yanga received a standing ovation from the audience and two of the judges for her deeply emotive performance of Scars (All Over Me), which left Unathi near-tears and calling her “wonderous”. Somizi was happy that she took his advice last week to “not relax” until the competition is over. Randall told her: “You have chosen to be a winner.”

Thato’s single, Blow By Blow, is an up-tempo breakup tune where he seeks to understand what happened to the love. Somizi didn’t think the song suited him but agreed with the other judges that his energy and performance keep drawing people in and make him one of the most likeable contestants on the show.

Their second performance was preceded by lively entertainment courtesy of the vibrant Tsonga rap princess Sho Madjozi, performing her hit Huku.

When the finalists came back for the Theatre Week song, they blessed Mzansi with even more beautiful music. Yanga sang Heaven by Emeli Sande, and Thato’s song was Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One.

Tonight, the Idols certainly pushed boundaries as they sang three songs each. Their last performance was Song Of The Season, which they felt was their best. Yanga went with Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart by Alicia Keys. Thato chose If by Davido, closing off the last ever voting show of the season.

Unathi surmised Yanga by calling her a blessing to Mzansi. “Thank you for sharing your gift on music with us, and I’m honoured to have been witness to your greatness.” Somizi said he was a happy man and at peace, and Randall told her “You’ve got it!”

Thato was also showered with great compliments. Randall even did a “zaka zaka; whoo shem!” for him, shortly before Somizi bestowed his own upon him. Unathi said: “You make us fall in love with you; that’s your power. Thank you for your gift!”

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