It’s official – either FOUR, Eliezer or Iziqhaza will become South Africa’s next singing sensation, following a hard-fought semi-final gala show in which Wandaboy became the latest X Factor South Africa act to be eliminated.
The three finalists will have to muster every single ounce of talent, charisma, guts and sheer will to prove to the public that they possess that rare X factor which could propel them to pop superstardom. That’s right – this time, the judges will have no say in who stays, goes or triumphs. It’s entirely up to South Africans to vote for their first X Factor winner.
Heading into the semi-final round on Saturday night were Oskido’s acts Iziqhaza and Four and Zonke’s solo singers Eliezer and Wandaboy. This was after Bubbles, Arno Carstens’ sole remaining contestant in the competition, was given her marching orders last week.
It was a bittersweet occasion, tempered by the tragic and sudden death of singer Lulu Dikana, Zonke’s sister, earlier in the week. A grieving Zonke was replaced as a judge for the semi-final round by fellow musician Toya Delazy (who also performed during the results show).
Viewers can look forward to a bumper finale show next Saturday, 13 December 2014 at 18:00 on SABC1, with the results show at 19:30. It will include special peformances by multiple Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the hot summer anthem Koze Kuse by DJ Merlon and Mondli. And of course, the big moment – the crowning of the X Factor South Africa's very first winner.