The race to the finish line is well and truly on!
For Mzansi’s favourite blouse-wearer, King B, it was a case of close yet so far when he missed out on a Top Three spot and a trip to Dubai. This, after a record 16-and-a-half million votes over the past week.
Before Proverb announced who would be leaving the Idols stage, all four contenders got a chance to perform a duet with one of the show’s alumni.
Season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa was paired with Yanga to deliver the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Randall awarded it “the most appropriate song” for the teenager, while Unathi called it her “duet of the night”.
King B and Season 11 runner-up, Mmatema, had a pitch perfect match when they sang Smother, a hate-to-love-you original by last season’s winner Paxton and Craig Lucas. Unathi loved it for being “soulful, sexy and sensuous”.
Season 11 winner Karabo was matched up with Thando for the romantic, The Closer I Get to You. The belter and the delicate crooner had Somizi “hypnotised” and the rest of the judges giving their approval.
Multi-award winner and former contestant, Amanda Black, took to the stage with Thato for Ngamthanda Umuntu, a pairing Randall called “salt and vinegar”. “It’s something you don’t expect to work but it does,” he said.
For Round Two, the Top Three chose a song by their own musical idol. Thando brought fire to the stage with her performance of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. Her fierce act had the judges showering her with praises. “It’s beautiful watching you finally believe in your emotions and performance, because the voice has never been in question,” complimented Unathi.
Thato chose Vusi Nova’s Thandiwe, which Somizi called impeccable. Added Randall: “In 10 years’ time you’re still going to be around, and your versatility is what will keep you here.”
Yanga closed off the show with Khaya Mthethwa’s Mkulumsebenzi. The judges loved her ability to seamlessly move from one style to another, and Somizi encouraged her to keep coming with guns blazing.
Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00.
AKA Chats Platinum Plaques & Redefining What Accolades Mean To Him
We recently caught up with the Supa Mega, AKA who celebrated a huge milestone last week. The multi talented rapper and businessman hosted an intimate gathering to receive his several plaques for the outstanding work he did on his album, Touch My Blood.
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak since 2016 with him releasing his joint project with Anatii which included several music videos. He had also been on his Supa Mega Tour and when that ended came the Touch My blood tour. This saw the rapper hard at work so it’s understandable that he is a little burnt out.
“I’m tired. Not physically tired, I’m just more emotionally tired, spiritually tired, mentally tired but it’s okay because we did what we came to do. I poured my heart and soul into the album and people really could feel that”, he expresses. And the results have paid off because the accolades and the recognition he has received since this album was released has been the most he has received since he began his career.
On how he is redefining what accolades mean to him
He shared some insights on how he has remained relevant for as long as he had. He touched on authenticity as one of the key things that artists have to uphold to stay winning.
“Just make what you need to make and put it out there. People recognize and appreciate authenticity. Just be authentic, be original and be sincere and heartfelt,” he says.
It’s been a while since AKA has submitted for any awards and he mentioned that he is considered it since he has the number one selling album in the country. But he questioned the motive to get involved in the awards when he has already won the hearts of many South Africans. The platinum plaque is proof of that.
“Isn’t the award to be the highest played artist? Isn’t the award to be the most booked artist? Isn’t the award to have people f*ck with your music?”.
These are very important questions and no doubt something that artists on the come up can question about the product they put out. Well done Supa Mega.
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