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Church comes to the Idols SA stage as Top 5 perform Gospel songs

One of the contestants teamed up with multi-award winning artist, Dr Tumi to perform Wafika.


Church came to the Idols SA stage on Saturday as the top five remaining contestants performed Gospel songs, supported by prominent artists such as Xolly Mncwango and Dr Tumi.

Idols SA is in its final season and the pressure to be the last winner in the competition is increasing the pressure on the contestants.

The evening began with spirit-lifting gospel duets and transitioned into a selection of hits from some of Africa’s most promising talents.

Thabo shines

Opening the night, Thabo teamed up with Dr Tumi to deliver Wafika. The performance resonated so well that Somizi Mhlongo credited him with holding his own alongside the gospel legend.

“Round one went to Thabo. When you sing next to a giant like Dr Tumi and still make your presence felt, you’re doing a great job.”

Thabo’s second song, Peru by Fireboy DML featuring Ed Sheeran, received mixed reviews from the judges.

After her breakthrough performance last week, Princess teamed up with Xolly Mncwango for Ungukuphila. She then set the stage on fire with Burna Boy’s For My Hand also Ed Sheeran.

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The judges loved her vocal strength but reminded her of the importance of a holistic performance, including her outfit choice. “Dress is part of the performance; always remember that,” said Somizi.

Niikiey poured her heart into Ngena Noah, in collaboration with Betusile, following it with the catchy Maradona by Niniola.

Producer and judge JR Bogopa was particularly impressed, saying Niikiey might have outdone her already brilliant first performance with the second.

Faith, echoing his struggles from last week, found it challenging to shine next to the powerful vocals of Mncwango in Healing Power. But he managed to grab the interest of the judges with Olakira’s In My Maserati.

“The first song? Xolly outshone you. But with the second, you reminded us why you’re here. I have faith in you,” said Somizi.

Nkosi sang alongside Betusile on Nomathemba, later switching gears with People by Libianca Fonji from Cameroon.

The judges commented on a stark improvement from his previous performances, with Thembi Seete sensing a refreshed energy around him.

“Be careful with those high notes, but with that second song you were light years ahead,” averred JR.

The night ended on a sombre note as Envic bid farewell, leaving the competition.

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