It's now the business end of The X-Factor South Africa and on Friday, the Top 9 acts were revealed to press at Zimbali Fairmont Resort.
While it was interesting choices made by the judges (more on that in a separate post) the decisions have been made and there is no turning back for the judges. But one can't help and wonder if they actually made the right decisions. Judging by the reaction on Twitter and on Facebook, we doubt that they did, especially if the viewers are baying for blood.
Anyway, here are the Top 9 acts, who will be performing on Saturday at the Live shows on SABC 1 at 5.30pm
|The Top 9 Acts PIC: SABC 1|
Princess (22, from Johannesburg): Princess has already had songs playlisted on local radio and is the mother of a bouncing toddler. She is part of a work programme that empowers young mothers to be independent, and is studying to be a social worker. This young mum entered The X Factor SA because she wants “more and better” – and to ensure that her daughter has the best in life.
MJ (19, from Cape Town): This born entertainer says that “The X Factor saved my family”, after a car accident during boot camp proved to be the catalyst that brought his estranged relatives back together. He is gay and, although his family is supportive, he still gets treated like a “freak”. MJ loves to paint, act and dance, and dreams of being a professional singer.
Wandile “Bubbles” (21, from Richards Bay): Already a professional musician at the age of 21, having turned to music when she failed matric, Wandile has performed at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence and at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s daughter’s wedding. She entered The X Factor SA because “this is where I belong”, and says she is doing it for her beloved grandmother and her community.
Eliezer (28, from Johannesburg): Eliezer is a TV talent competition veteran who has entered several such shows in a bid to break into the industry. He has a strong motivation, though: having spiralled down into a life of drugs and self-destruction, it was only when his brother was murdered three years ago that he decided to change his life. By entering X Factor SA, he wants to set an example to his three-year-old son.
Gavin (36, from Johannesburg): Gavin is used to being in the spotlight – as a boy whose family moved around a lot, he was once the only white kid at an all-black school. Gavin has had some success in Ireland, where he released a single, performed and played keyboards for Westlife star Bryan McFadden and Enrique Iglesias. A husband with two children, he is mainly a cover artist but dreams of having a solo career.
Wandaboy (31, from Johannesburg): Hailing from a large family with 10 siblings (four of whom have sadly passed away), Wandaboy has entered several TV singing contests and has done backing vocals for established gospel artists. His lowest point was using mandrax and heroin, and he regrets the many years he wasted doing drugs. His dream is to make it in the music industry, and to go back to school and study business.
Iziqhaza (from Pietermaritzburg): Khanyisa and Mbongeni, aged 26 and 31, are both professional nurses and prolific songwriters who dream of singing around South Africa and landing a recording deal. Describing themselves as spiritualists and fashionistas, they have previously entered talent-search competitions and have performed in several live shows.
Four (from Cape Town): Steven, Jethro and David, who range in age from 23 to 30, describe themselves as being a pop-rock and R&B-inspired boy band. These family-oriented lads were only together for a month before they entered The X Factor SA, but have already written some 20 songs. They dream of being the biggest boy band in South Africa – but know their biggest challenge lies in breaking into the music industry. That, and Jethro’s preoccupation with his hair…
Catch the first live show on Saturday at 5.30pm on SABC 1. '
PICS: SABC 1/ The X-Factor SA