Clear favourites, Four, win The X-Factor South Africa writes Buhle Mbonambi
|Mentor, Oskido and Jethro, David and Steven of Four react after host, Andile Ncube (right) announced that they won the first season of The X-Factor South Africa. PIC: Rajesh Jantilal for X-Factor SA/SABC 1|
Cape Town boy band, Four, was crowned the winners of the first X-Factor South Africa at a glittering finale, which saw a rare TV performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo last night. The perennial favourites, Four, which consists of David Januari, Steven Lewis and Jethro Tait, won over the fans early on in the show.
The runner-up was
Eliezer Hilmer while
group, Iziqhaza came third. KwaZulu-Natal
“It was such a difficult show and every week we worked hard to stay on the competition and now that we have won, it’s unreal,” said Januari, still clearly in disbelief.
“We can’t wait to get into studio to work on our music. We performed our first single, I Do tonight and the response was great. We have about 18 or 20 songs that we have written and Sony Music can call us on Monday, we are so ready,” added Lewis.
|Via Orlando... Four went sky high when they performed Dr. Malinga's hit song, Via Orlando.|
PIC: SABC 1/ The X-Factor SA
They impressed many and proved their musical prowess when they took on Zahara’s Loliwe. Last night they also surprised many when they performed Uhuru’s Y-Yjukutja, a song that has absolutely no vocals or melody, yet they made it a proper song. They did the same with Via Orlando. And of course they were magic on stage, giving their all and impressing, especially with their dance skills. (Steven, you can move!)
A proud Oskido, who was their mentor, said that the boys had proven that they have what it takes to be on the show and go on and win it. “I told them that they will need to work hard and that they need to be humble. Now that they have won, I hope they realise the even harder work starts now. I’m looking forward to working with them in the near future.”
|Oskdip embraces Steven Lewis of Four, while Andile Ncube, runner-up, Eliezer Hilmer and guest judge, Toya de Lazy look on.|
PIC: SABC 1/ The X-Factor SA
He added that he hopes they surround themselves with the right people. “We have seen people in similar shows disappear after winning and it’s because they didn’t have the right people working with them.”
With a massive fan base, who call themselves The Fource, the boys have an interesting ahead, including dealing with fans who will surely throw themselves at them. “Oh man, it’s already started,” Tait, the introvert in the group said, laughing. “We have been sheltered while we were in the X-Factor house, but now it’s going to be crazy. But they are out fans and they have gotten us where we are, the winners of X-Factor SA!”
Duncan Irvine, the executive producer of the show said that he was happy with the show. “It exceeded expectations. I’m happy and proud of the show we put on since September. I’m ecstatic for Four. They have worked very hard and they have been rewarded for their hard work.” He added that the Sony Music Africa CEO, Sean Watson, was impressed with the group. “He said they are a phenomenal talent and he can’t wait for them to get into the studio.”
On whether there would be a second season of the show,
couldn’t confirm if the show will
return. “We would love for the show to return for a second season, but it’s not
in our power. The SABC has to make the decision. We are currently in talks with
them to see whether the show will be back next year.” Irvine
Would there be any changes if there is a second season?
said: “Most likely,
yes. Our task now is to evaluate the show, see what worked and what didn’t.
We’ll look at the host, the judges and everything about the show.” Irvine
Would the show return to
“Oh yes. If our partnership with the city and the KZN government continues, of
course yes. I must say we were very impressed with Durban . The quality of the video, sound and
lights people, the choreographer and the voice coach were very impressive. We
would definitely comeback.” Durban
|Four after performign their new single, I Do. |
Picture: SABC 1/ The X-Factor SA
Irvine, with consultation from his partner and co-executive producer, Kee-Leen, couldn’t reveal any plans that Rapid Blue have, including new shows whose licences they have recently acquired. “There’s always something new, but we can’t talk about it right now, especially since there hasn’t been any confirmation from channels and they are not on air yet.”
Rapid Blue produce Come Dine With Me South Africa, SA’s Got Talent, Dragon’s Den South Africa, amongst others.
Four walk away with prices worth R750 000 – including a Sony Music recording and management contract and R300 000 in cash.