Final effort coming up for Idols top 4
AFTER three gruelling months and with the finale in sight, only four Idols SA Season 8 contestants remain.
Last night Monde Msutwana and Khaya Mthethwa won the hearts of the audience at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland with unforgettable performances, while Tshidi Tenyane and Melissa Allison were a bit behind in their game.
With more than R1-million in prizes, there is no doubt that a lot is at stake.
The audience seemed to have already made up their minds about who will emerge victorious, judging by last night's perfomances dubbed "Homebrew".
Monde made the greatest comeback of the season with a well-executed version of Brian Temba's Dominoes hit closely followed by Watershed's massive hit, Indigo Girl.
Idols judge Gareth Cliff complimented him: "You have a very, very sweet, gentle, soft voice."
At this stage of the competition Tshidi should have known better than to come up with such a lacklustre performance.
She did not fight for her spot among the final three. Instead she dropped her guard while rendering Zamajobe's Ndawo Yami and Freshlyground's Doo Bee Doo.
But it was Khaya who got the crowd rowdy and was applauded when he rounded off the evening with Zahara's hit, Lengoma.
"Everybody says Khaya's going to win this thing, but I don't think you believe that yet, and I like that humility," Cliff said.
Melissa has been a surprise package but it remains to be seen if she will survive this round after mixed reviews from the judges for her renditions of The Arrows hit Lovesick and the Mafikizolo classic Ndihamba Nawe.
One contestant will be sent home tomorrow in the elimination round, in which there will be a special performance by DJ Black Coffee featuring Tumelo.