Idols judges applaud Sheki
WHO will walk away with the coveted title this season?
The question lingers on as the SA Top 7 Idols contestants gave pop music anthems a unique twist last night, accompanied by special guests like the Drakensberg Boys Choir, who provided a choral background, at the Mosaïek Teatro in Johannesburg.
Award-winning and platinum-selling songstress Lira was on hand to mentor contestants throughout the past week.
Simphiwe Gwegwe of Port Nolloth stepped up his game, after a unforgettable performance last week. He kicked off the show with a polished and convincing R Kelly anthem, Sign Of A Victory.
Seventeen-year-old Durbanite Shekhinah "Sheki" Donnell, gave a rendition of Macy Gray hit I Try, which had the judges applauding.
For her performance she claimed the top spot for the night.
Judge Gareth Cliff said Lira was spot-on with the song choice for Sheki.
"Your youth counts and you know what's popular in music right now," Idols judge Unathi Msengana said.
The other judge, Randall Abrahams, sang the young singer's praises, saying: "I thought every moment of that song was really good."
Hot favourite Tshidi Tenyane managed to hold her own after a seemingly tense and not so convincing start to her performance.
Tenyane chose Mary J Blige's big hit with George Michael, As.
Tomorrow will see Monde Msutwana and Melissa Allison back in the bottom three, for the second time, with Dominic Neill having cemented his place in this familiar territory.
Dominic, who has been saved by the voting public the last three weeks, said after the show: "I could have done better than I did tonight. I am in limbo at the moment. My fellow contestants are on top of their game."
The voting lines close tonight at 10pm.