Idols heats up with top 10 spot duel
Idols fans are in for a treat on Sunday after they vigorously voted for their favourite contestants.
Special guest stars, award-winners Zahara, Zakes Bantwini and Arno Carstens will give heart-pounding performances at the sold-out event at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani on Sunday.
Eight contestants - four males and four females - with the least number of votes will fall by the wayside during a 90-minute spectacular live show at the theatre.
Sowetan makes a choice of the top contestants we think will make it to the top 10.
Tshidi Tenyane deserved a standing ovation for her Jennifer Hudson And I'm Telling You rendition. She reduced the audience to tears.
Nosipho Mngomezulu gave a great performance that would probably get many votes with Aretha Franklin's anthem, Respect.
Sherkinah Donnel has a powerful voice for a 17-year-old. She is a top-position contender.
Maryke Buffel has a good voice and a great stage presence. She is the one to beat in this competition. She sang Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady with fierceness.
Females heading home
Thabisa Mhlakulwana has had a torrid time since the theatre phase. She has not lived up to the expectations of the judges. During the theatre phase, she missed lyrics in her solo performance.
Sihle Ndaba panicked as an opening act, singing Katy Perry's Firework. She lost the grip of the song and the chorus let her down.
Melissa Alison, who has been consistent throughout the theatre phase, lost her spark on Sunday. She lost focus concentrating on her dance moves.
Candy Mosoma's rendition of Lady Gaga's Edge Of Glory was not well received. Though theatrical, it could prove to be her downfall. Even Gareth Cliff thought her performance was 'sterile'.
Best of the males
Khaya Mthethwa, the most talked-about contestant at the moment, has attracted 17000 followers on Twitter. The pressure is on him. He has a solid foundation and is tipped to make it to the finals.
Simphiwe Gwegwe stamped his authority. His hunger to make it through into the final stages remains unquestionable. His rendition of Angel was touching.
Monde Msuthwana, the oldest contestant, is a natural soul crooner and has endeared himself to the audience. Ladies love him and this will work to put him on top in thecompetition.
Dominique Neill, though playful, is a dark horse and poses a serious threat.
Obakeng Ramaboa's strength is his unique, husky voice. He has had a good run in the competition and he did well with Lemar's If there's any justice.
Males heading home
Dumi Masilela, singing Sexy love by Ne-Yo, should have known that this was a singing competition. He missed an opportunity to showcase his vocal ability.
Jean Huiseman was completely lost while singing Love the one you're with by Stephen Stills.
Treasure Mushwana was all over the place and might be end of the road for him coupled with a bad song choice by Mike Posner that may just work against him.
Emotions are high and social networks abuzz, with Twitter and Facebook used as platforms to canvas support for the remaining contestants.
The question remains, have they done enough to earn the coveted, yet elusive, top-ten spot.