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Community support makes King B cry

'Idols contestant King B is clinching votes with every performance in the singing competition.
'Idols contestant King B is clinching votes with every performance in the singing competition.
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IdolsSA contestant Basimane Melato shed a tear when he saw pictures of people from his home in Kagiso, Krugersdorp, gathering at a local hall to support him during the competition.

Melato, aka King B, said he was pleasantly surprised when he saw the pictures on the internet of community members gathered at the Kagisanong Hall in the West Rand township to support him.

"Above all, I am humbled. I went on Facebook and saw pictures of my family, friends and community members celebrating my performance. My mom was happy to tell me about it when I asked.

"I literally cried and now I go to stage knowing that my community members have my back, I don't wish to disappoint them," he said.

The Idols contestant, known for his vosho moves, will be going up against four other contestants this afternoon.

The community gatherings were organised by a group of supporters from Kagiso and they have vowed to continue for the rest of his participation.

Vuyo Jubasi, who spoke on behalf of the community, said they want to ensure King B gets the support that he deserves in order to be successful in the talent search competition.

"We want him to perform knowing that he has support back at home, that will help boost his confidence and performance because you know someone is in high favour.

"I'm not personally close to him but he's a friendly guy who would greet you even when you are a complete stranger. He deserves our support," he said.

Jubasi said the community have been making their way through to the hall in big numbers since they started the gatherings two weeks ago.

"For the past two Sundays, ordinary residents and King B's supporters have been gathering at the hall for viewing and voting purposes."

Another resident and member of the organising committee, Brenda Yumba, added: "This week, we are gathering at the hall again to support and vote for our very own."

King B will be performing Irreplaceable by Beyoncé and Laura D's Say Something at the State Theatre in Pretoria this evening.

- Catch Idols on Mzansi Magic at 5pm

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