Golden swim duo steal the show from Legend
DON'T TAKE ANY PICTURES: John Legend gets cool welcome
SOUTH Africa's Olympics medal winners upstaged multi-Grammy award-winning US singer John Legend when they all landed within minutes of each other at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday.
Legend's arrival coincided with that of Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, who flew from the London Olympics. The swimmers drew hundreds of fans who had braved yesterday morning's cold to welcome them after winning gold medals.
While Legend's organisers were waiting in anticipation for the Save Room star on the third floor with a few photographers, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula led the golden boys through the arrivals gate to a makeshift podium on the ground level, prompting the large crowd to scream with delight.
Vuvuzelas blared and there were loud cheers as the champions waved their medals to the crowd. None in the crowd appeared to know about the superstar's arrival on the third floor.
When Legend finally arrived, he was met by only photographers and the tour organisers. He was then quietly escorted by the police and his bodyguards to his waiting shuttle.
The tour organiser, Metro FM DJ Thabo Molefe (aka Tbo-Touch), put a dampener on the singer's quiet arrival when he told photographers not to take his pictures.
"He is tired, he has had a long flight. You will be given a chance to take pictures later on. This is his (Legend's) request," said Molefe.
The nine-time Grammy Award winner is scheduled to perform at a special Women's Month one-night show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tonight. His supporting acts include Metro FM DJ and Idols judge Unathi Msengana and MiCasa.
Before performing in Sandton, Legend is expected to belt out his popular hits during the Idols show at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairlands.
To accommodate him, Idols is expected to start earlier than usual today.
The remaining Top 9 contestants, who are vying for the public's vote, will claim their 15 minutes of glory by singing in the same stage as Legend on this once-off spectacular show.