SA Idols continues to hot up, and last night's top 8 contestants turned out the heat in what turned out to be a very touchingly themed episode. We've seen songs from films, songs from wooden mic contestants and last night the Idols hopefuls were tasked with choosing songs from the year 1994; the year of the first democratic elections.
Durbanite, Kyle Deutschmann was the first to step up as he sang Counting Crows' smash hit, Mr Jones. It wasn't the easiest choice of songs and although the 27 year old seemed to give it his all, the judges were left unimpressed. Gareth commented, “You could have done a lot more with it. I didn’t think it was good enough." Kyle was in the bottom 3 last week and this performance won't have helped win over new voters.
If Kyle didn't do quite enough to sway voters, one man who certainly did is Vincent Bones. The 29 year old, soulful singer has managed to establish himself as an early SA Idols favourite and his rendition of Tevin Campbell's Can We Talk had the ladies in the audience swooning in delight. Come on viewers, we know you were fanning yourselves when Vincent B hit some of those notes last night.
You know you've made it if you can trend on Twitter each week after another good performance, and Vincent's name is all over the social network this morning.
Vincent was the second last performer on the night, and although he delivered a performance that would have been tough to follow up, Tumi had no troubles in closing the show. The student from Pretoria chose Gloria Estefan's Turn The Beat Around, and certainly made life difficult for anybody trying to choose a favourite. Unathi dubbed her a superstar and commented that she "Owned that stage!"
While performances from the likes of Lize and Musa had people chattering, it still seems as if Vincent B is the one to beat in this year's competition. However, nobody's opinion matters; it's all about votes at this stage and if you want to see him, or any of your favourites, continuing to do well on the competition make sure you get on the phone and keep their hopes alive!
We were also spoiled by performances from one of last year's most impressive performers, Zoe, as well as everyone's favourite band right now, Beatenberg. Beatenberg stepped up to the stage with the legendary Ray Phiri; is there anything this band can't do?