The Sunday September 15 episode of the Mzansi Magic’s Idols SA showcased the Top 10. Each of the finalists sang one song. South Africa gets to vote for their favorites, with the Top 9 results sets to be revealed by Proverb on Sunday’s episode.
Last night’s first contestant, Dinky Kunene, who sang Jordin Spark’s One Wing, was praised for a calculated performance that set a high standard for the evening. Somizi Mhlongo said she was proof that dynamite does come in “small dinkies”.
Viggy Qwabe was praised for her performance of Miss Pru’s Phumelela, but Mhlongo advised her to add dimension and variety to her performance.
Luyolo Yiba’s rendition of Adele’s Fire to the Rain was well-received by the judges despite the odd off-pitch moment. Randall Abrahams praised him for being able to make the song his own.
Come-back kid Nqobile Gumede drove Unathi Nkayi to tears as she encouraged her to remember she deserved to be on the stage and should embrace her talent. Her performance on Mary Mary’s Can’t Give Up Now was a reminder that she had not given up on her dream.
Sneziey Msomi once again impressed the judges, with a Tshwane Gospel Choir song, Heal my Soul. Nkayi said the performance was phenomenal and Abrahams praised her for her restraint. He went on to give her a subtle “Whoo Shem”. Mhlongo said it she had given an amazing performance and it was an amazing ministry.
Virginia Qwabe’s performance of Benjamin Dube’s Yebo Linamandla was called special by Abrahams, while Mhlongo called her the full package.
Nolo Seodisha brought back some fun and dancing to a very emotionally charged evening as he sang Joyous Celebration’s Modimo Ke Lerato. The judges, of course, were excited by his performance, with Mhlongo saying he brought the variety he was looking for, and Abrahams saying he was certain he would still be on the stage in two weeks’ time.
Innocentia Sibi got kudos from Nkayi for attempting Beyoncé’s complex Ave Maria. Mhlongo loved the high notes, but Abrahams felt she needed to be more commanding. Nkayi
Mangaliso Gumbi lived up to her name with Benjamin Dube’s Ngangingazi. Nkayi said she was a marvel (a loose translation of the name Mangaliso), while Mhlongo called her the underdog who could upset the competition.
The performance of the evening was the last performance of the evening. Micayla Oelofse sang Andra Day’s Rise, which was dedicated to her mother who died recently. Mhlongo said hers was the performance of the night, while Nkayi was moved to tears. She said Oelofse’s parents would be proud of her performance.
It is now up to the fans to decide who gets to return next week as part of the Top 9.
The Top 10 contestants and their songs
- Dinky Kunene: One Wing – Jordin Sparks
- Viggy Qwabe: Phumelela – Miss Pru
- Luyolo Yiba: Fire to the Rain – Adele
- Nqobile Gumede: Can’t Give Up Now – Mary
- Sneziey Msomi: Heal my Soul – Tshwane Gospel Choir
- Virginia Qwabe: Yebo Linamandla – Benjamin Dube
- Nolo Seodisha: Modimo Ke Lerato – Joyous Celebration
- Innocentia Sibi: Ave Maria – Beyonce
- Mangaliso Gumbi: Ngangingazi – Benjamin Dube
- Micayla Oelofse: Rise Up – Andra Day