|Host, Andile Ncube, with the bottom two acts, Avodah and Princess. PIC: SABC 1/X-Factor SA|
What a show.
Honestly, The X-Factor SA has improved drastically during the live shows and it's a great thing. Last night's show was absolutely amazing and every single act brought it. Some better than others.
It wasn't surprising that Avodah was eliminated. The Pietermaritzburg based gospel group had their torches snuffed last night after they found themselves in the bottom two, against Joburg based pop singer, Princess. It was a no brainer really and no one can blame Zonke for choosing to keep Princess.
Avodah's sing off choice was rather tame (John Legend's Stay With You) and while they harmonised beautifully, it didn't induce goosebumps. A song like Dreamgirls, from the Dreamgirls movie. Now Princess did (Beyoncé's HaloI) and she proved once again that she's one of the best talents on the show. She really doesn't deserve to be in the bottom two.
Speaking to members of Avodah after the show ended, they were very crestfallen. Not even a few lighthearted jokes or kind words could lift their spirits. And it's understandable. It was less than 10 minutes after their elimination from The X-Factor SA.
"We are heartbroken, surprised and shocked," one of the members of Avodah said. "We don't know how we landed up in the bottom two, but we still grateful to all those people who voted for us. It's sad that it wasn't enough, but I guess this is what is meant to be."
|Oskido with Avodah last week. PIC: SABC 1/ X-Factor SA|
Boasting one of the biggest fan bases in the audience, who not only wear t-shirts with the group's faces on them. Their banners screaming their allegiance to them and every so often, break out in songs about their support for Avodah. Yet they didn't come through for their favourites, something that the ladies from Avodah also don't understand.
"I guess it goes to show that you can never think that you are safe on this show. You must always perform like it's your final performance."
With their X-Factor dream over, the ladies are positive about their future. "We worked hard on the show and I think many people saw that and so we are going to use this platform as much as we can to follow our dream- of musical. South Africa hasn't seen the last of us."
We hope not.
Catch The X-Factor South Africa, Saturdays on SABC 1 at 6pm. Hosted by Andile Ncube, Zonke Dikana, Arno Carstens and Oskido serve as the judges. Also catch The X-tra Factor, Fridays at 8pm on SABC3.