There was a shock, snot en trane on Sunday night when Idols SA season 15 announced their Top 10 - and none of the four Cape Town hopefuls had made the cut.
Things started off on a high, though sad, note at the State Theatre in Pretoria when the Top 17 and Proverb opened the show by singing an energetic and soulful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s Respect to add their voice to the current campaigns against femicide in South Africa.
The female contestants wore shirts with the words “Am I Next” while the male contestants had “Respect Women” printed on theirs.
This season also marks the first time there are only two men in the top 10.
The Top 17 were split into two groups over the past two weeks, each singer giving their best performances to try and earn a spot in the Top 10.
South Africa voted for their favourites, and unfortunately the Cape Town contestants did not receive enough votes and were, sadly, sent home.
Craig Jordaan, Louise Nicolls, Xola Toto and Zia Fielies were in tears as they were unceremoniously booted off the show.
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But Louise,29, from Strandfontein told the Daily Voice it's not the end of the road for her.
“There is a reason for everything. I believe there are greater things in store for us, it’s really sad that none of the Cape Town talents made it to Top 10, but we are happy to have gotten this far,” she said.
Craig said it was a bitter pill to swallow, but mense should watch out for him.
“This is not the end of me, watch me, I’m going to make it big and won’t be discouraged. It’s crazy that Cape Town didn’t land even one spot (in the top 10), but we will rise.”
Proverb opened the show by paying tribute to Randall Abrahams, who has been part of Idols SA from Season 1, the only judge to have made it so far.
There was also a stunning guest performance by multiple Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo alongside Idols judge Unathi who performed her hit, Hallo Sana.
Idols SA Season 13 winner, Paxton Fielies, and Tresor lit up the stage with their latest single, Kiss the Haze.
Their performance was followed by the world renowned R&B superstar Syleena Johnson, who performed her latest single, Woman.
With over 20 million votes, Virginia Qwabe, Viggy Qwabe, Nolo Seodisha, Mmangaliso Gumbi, Nqobile Gumede, Dinky Kunene, Sneziey Msomi, Micayla Oelofse, Luyolo Yiba and Innocentia Sibi were announced as the Top 10.