Boy do I love this part of the competition. We have finally arrived at the Top 11 stage of Idols South Africa. As pointed out in a previous post, after a technical error, M-Net decided that this year 11 people will make it to the stage where we would usually have a Top 10.
After two weeks of battling it out, we finally found the few we will be watching week after week and voting for who we think should take the crown of the show’s tenth season. The first two Top 11 finalists, 25-year-old Vincent Verhoog from Cape Town and 24-year-old Ivan Roux from Centurion, were announced last week already after an on-screen communication error.
Joining them from the Top 16 Group 1 that performed on 31 August are, in alphabetical order: Bongi Silinda (23), a professional backup singer from Nelspruit; Cape Town student London Louw (24); and Vincent Bones (29), a worship leader from Pietermaritzburg.
The four contestants who garnered the most votes from their Group 2 performances on 7 September were Kyle Deutschmann (27), a chiropractor from Pinetown; Lize Mynhardt (21), a B. Comm student from Stellenbosch University; professional singer Musa Mashiane (24) from eMalahleni; and Tumi Morobane (21), a first-year Musical Theatre student at the Tshwane University of Technology, who hails from Vosloorus.
And the final two spots in the Top 11 lineup were filled by Idols judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff, who exercised their Wild Card privilege and picked two Capetonian ladies: Durbanville singer Demi Lee (24) and 20-year-old Roxy McVean.
Aside from the privilege of competing for a chance to become South Africa’s next Idol, the Top 11 tonight also walked off with a spectacular prize package comprising:
o a brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Smartphone each on a free 24 month contract, with 100 free minutes, 50 free sms, and an extra 50GB of data, courtesy of Telkom
o a personalised set of luggage courtesy of Ford
o Truworths fashion to the value of R5 000 each
o a Shure GLXD24E/SM86 Digital vocal wireless system valued at R10 850 each
o plus vouchers for a Yamaha PSR-E443 keyboard or a Yamaha CPX500 guitar for each Top 11 finalist.
I can’t wait for the two hour episode coming this Sunday where we can see our top 11 favourites battling it out!
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