We were introduced to Nolo the Mzalwane (born-again) crooner. Taking on Joyous Celebrations’s Modimo Ke Lerato, Nolo reminded us that while the mood was somber in the theater, gospel music can be fun, pop and groovy. He delivered not just a great vocal performance, but he danced his way into the top 9 and we joined him. He made it looks so effortless and easy – a tough task for a musician. He uplifted you so much that you sold yourself the lie that you can do it just like him. By the time he was done, Unathi was speaking in tongues. Praise God!
3. Virginia Qwabe and Mmangaliso Gumbi. (Tie)
Mmangaliso came out of the blue to emerge as the underdog of the competition. A new Mmangaliso that we have never seen before, was born on the night and she demanded your undivided attention. She belted Benjamin Dube’s Ngangingazi like a pro. Virginia wasn’t a surprise, I expected her to shine on that stage. She opted for a Yebo Linamandla by Dube too. Her sophistication and ability to use the stage as she belted the song reignited her fire to win and why she’s a fan-favourite.