Idols SA's top 5 deliver divine performances with a gospel night to remember.
Idols SA top 5 (L-R) Nkosi, Princess,Faith, Thabo and Niikiey. Picture: Supplied.
Idols SA's remaining contestants performed Gospel songs, supported by prominent artists such as Xolly Mncwango, Betusile and Dr Tumi.
The evening began with spirit-lifting gospel duets and transitioned into a selection of hits from some of Africa's most promising talents.
Opening the night, Thabo teamed up with Dr Tumi to deliver Wafika. His performance resonated so well that Somizi credited him with holding his own alongside the gospel legend. "Round one went to Thabo. When you sing next to a giant like Dr Tumi and still make your presence felt, you're doing a great job." However, his second song, Peru by Fireboy DML featuring Ed Sheeran, received mixed reviews from the judges.
After her breakthrough performance last week, Princess teamed up with Xolly Mncwango for Ungukuphila. She then set the stage on fire with Burna Boy's For My Hand featuring Ed Sheeran. The judges loved her vocal strength but reminded her of the importance of a holistic performance, including her outfit choice. "Dress is part of the performance; always remember that," said Somizi.
Niikiey poured her heart into Ngena Noah, in collaboration with Betusile, following it with the catchy Maradona by Niniola. JR Bogopa was particularly impressed, saying she might have outdone her already brilliant first performance with the second.
Faith, echoing his struggles from last week, found it challenging to shine next to the powerful vocals of Xolly Mncwango in Healing Power. But he managed to grab the interest of the judges with Olakira's In My Maserati. Somizi remarked, "The first song? Xolly outshone you. But with the second, you reminded us why you're here. I have faith in you."
Nkosi sang alongside Betusile on Nomathemba, later switching gears with People by Libianca Fonji from Cameroon. The judges commented on a stark improvement from his previous performances, with Thembi Seete sensing a refreshed energy around him. JR added a cautionary note, "Be careful with those high notes, but with that second song you were light years ahead."
Sadly, the night ended on a somber note as Envic bid farewell, leaving the competition.
As the countdown to the grand finale on 4 November continues, excitement brews for the upcoming shows. Cassper is set to perform live on stage, and PJ Morton not only gears up for an exciting performance but has also extended an invitation for the Idols to open for his Joburg show on Friday 13 October.
South Africa awaits the next performance night eagerly. Who among the top 4 will edge closer to the coveted title of Idols SA? Don't miss out!
Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.