Oskido gives X Factor SA a 'Four'
I’ve been there, so with a person like me around them, I think that I will really be keeping a watchful eye on them and always guide them where I can. It’s also up to them," said Oskido
After months of searching for the best musical talent South Africa has spoken and voted 'Four' as their X Factor SA Season 1 winners.
The boy band's smooth vocals combined with hot dance moves and a knack for local vanac have won them a place in the hearts of our South African audience.
'Four' were mentored by popular musician, DJ and X Factor judge Oskido who's experience and advice has propelled the group to victory.
Despite the fact that Steven Lewis, Jethro Tait and David Januari formed the group just three weeks prior to the start of the competition, their hard work, ethics and determination have paid off.
"We would have rehearsals the whole day and we would go home and rehearse until late at night again in our room. I don’t think we stopped rehearsing for nine weeks and it paid off for us and we just gonna keep pushing," said group member Steven Lewis.
'Four' battled Eliezer and Oskido's other group Iziqhaza in the grand finale.
Thirty minutes into the final,- Iziquaza who Oskido described as having "created their own R&B" were eliminated after receiving the lowest number of votes.
Boy band Four got the audience moving to Uhuru's 'Y-tjukutja' and 'Fairytale' by Liquideep. "I love the moves, I love the energy, I love the flavour, flav," commented judge Toya Delazy who replace Zonke on the show.
Eliezer went old school with Marvin Gaye's "Got to give it up" and Lional Richie's "Easy like Sunday morning" to which Oskido commented, "wherever Zonke is, I'm sure she's smiling."
Ladysmith Black Mambazo and DJ Merlon featuring Mondli Ngcobo made guest performances.
Both Oskido and Four are eager to continue their relationship. "I’ve been there, so with a person like me around them, I think that I will really be keeping a watchful eye on them and always guide them where I can. It’s also up to them," said Oskido.
Four have also written about 20 of their own songs which they hope will be valuable additions to any upcoming albums
"Im excited that we are going to put our stamp on the music that we are going to put fourth and carrying our message. I think now at the stage that we are we can affect people’s lives and that powerful, " said David Januari.
They walk away with the grand prize, worth R750 000 – including a Sony Music recording and management contract, R300 000 in cash and their very own personal sound studio. Also in the bag is an album launch in partnership with Vodacom, R50 000 worth of wardrobe and styling, a tablet, a smartphone and data.
We caught up with Steven Lewis' father outside the venue. He had the broadest smile and was just beaming with pride. "It was his dream and he succeeded. The biggest thing for me is that he actually lived his dream. He wanted to be a singer and he got what he wants and I can only wish him the best. "
A burning question that you must be asking yourself is why would a three man band name themselves 'Four'?
Steven explained that when the idea of creating a group arose, it was intended to have four members but the three guys who were first friends found that they "worked" and "gelled" well together and ditched the idea of having a fourth member. They did however decide to keep the name Four.
"We came up with a plan that the fourth element of the name could be the music or the fans or God so it could just spread and we thought that was quite cool and it’s catchy cause people always remember it," said Steven.
I'm sure by now you know that Zonke was replaced by Toya Delazy after the sudden death of sister Lulu Dikana. We spoke to Delazy after the show to find out what her experience was like on the show.
"I won’t lie, it was a stressful experience because coming in after so much work has been done and trying to fill the contestant with as much motivation as Zonke gave them its hard, its not easy. So Im glad that it worked out and that I got to bond with Eliezer and I love his sound anyway so it worked well. I learnt a whole lot, judging is expertise and I learnt a lot from Arno and Oskido as well"
Delazy was not able to speak to Zonke about the show as she's still in mourning but was given positive feedback through the grapevine.
"I heard that Zonke had seen the past show and she said that I did well so I'm glad that I didn't disappoint her."
After their performances during the judges comments, we learned that Mbongeni Mavuso from Iziquaza was hospitalised and placed on a drip the morning of the finale. He deserves credit for not giving up and delivering a good performance. They say true artists go out there and perform no matter what.