Sniezey throttles Nqobile in relief.
The stage lights went dark for 21-year Nqobile Gumede on Sunday night (6 October) when she was saved from further heartbreak by being eliminated from Idols now instead of next week or the week after, when it would have meant even more to her.
Here's a wrap of events by the show:
Sunday's Idols was all about luurve songs as the Top 7 contestants were announced and competed for a spot in the Top 6.
While this season the girls have dominated, the two remaining guys have been getting some love.
Both Nolo Seodisha and Luyolo Yiba made it into the Top 7 and displayed their soulful best - Nolo with Teddy Pendergrass’s Close The Door and Luyolo
with Thami’s I Love You.
Randall Abrahams said there had never been a better combination of singer and song in response to Nolo's performance.
Unathi uWeepy - Ed!
- said it was his best performance yet, calling it phenomenal, while Somizi Mhlongo said it was effortless and smooth. “You killed it!” he exclaimed.
Luyolo's performance was equally well-received. He gave Unathi goosebumps and had Somizi praising everything from his trousers to his vocals. Somizi said the performance was smooth and connected and said Luyolo was born with charm.
Feedback for the girls was, however, mixed, with Mangaliso Gumbi and Virginia Qwabe not quite hitting the right spot with the judges.
Virginia took on Linda and
Zanda Zakuza’s Yim’ okthandayo and while Somizi said he enjoyed what he called a gentle and sensual performance, Unathi was not sold on the performance. Randall wished she had connected with the audience a bit more.
Mangaliso performed Mary J Blige’s Be Without You. Somizi and Randall felt they did not connect with her performance, but Unathi differed, saying she could not take her eyes off her and loved that she was not intimidated by the greatness of the “Queen of hip-hop soul”.
There was no question, however, that all the judges loved Micayla’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s Run To You.
Micayla's performance had Somizi close to tears and Randall channelled Somizi with “Whoo Shem”!
Unathi gushed that Micayla was magnificent.
Viggy's performance of T
hee Legacy’s Sthandwa Sam
had the judges confident that she would be back next week, with Somizi saying she had found her forte. Both Unathi and Randall also commended her performance.
Sneziey proved why she deserved to bag the last spot in the Top 7 with her performance of Brandy’s Have You Ever.
The judges were unanimous in their praise, with Somizi taking the love a step further and advising her to record an album because “you belong up there with the stars.” He topped it up his praise with a “Whoo Shem”.
Did you also think Micayla was magnificent? Who needs to exit next?