Reminding everyone to show each other respect. The female contestants also wore shirts with the words “Am I Next” while the male contestants had “Respect Women” on theirs.
The shirts were an ode to the current campaigns against femicide in South Africa. Shirley Adonisi, acting head of local content for Mzansi Magic said that it was the channels responsibility to mimic society so having the contestants wear the shirts was a no brainier.
The performance was followed by a guest performance by multiple Grammy Award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo alongside “Idols” judge Unathi who performed her hit, “Hallo Sana”. The contestants from Group One put the State Theatre in singing mode with their performance of “Giant” by Calvin and Rag & Bone Man. Later on in the show, Group Two got the audience on their feet with Ciara’s “Level Up”.
This season also marks the first time where there are only two men in the top 10. “This is the first time we have had so few guys in the top 10 and its interesting it always seems to us as the broadcaster that people tend to vote for guys if you look at the winners.
I think this year people voted based on talent and there are 10 talented singers among us,” said Gavin Wratten, executive producer of Idols. “Idols SA” Season 13 winner, Paxton and Tresor graced the stage with their latest single “Kiss The Haze”.
Their performance was followed by the world renowned R&B superstar Syleena Johnson, who performed her latest single, “Woman”.The top 10 are twins Virginia & Viggy Qwabe, Nolo Seodisha, Mmangaliso Gumbi, Nqobile Gumede, Sneziey Msomi, Micayla Oelofse, Luyolo Yiba, Dinky Kunene and Innocentia Sibi.
By Ntsako Philmah Gana