Idols SA 2011 Season 7 top 10- I would rather listen to Barney the Dinosaur sing while being set on fire


You would have noticed that this year, we haven’t done too much coverage in terms of Idols SA Season 7 other than a mention right at the start of the season. There has been a reason for this… it has quite simply been atrocious.

Last night I made the effort of watching the top 10 (pictured above) tackle a number of popular tunes and fail dismally. If I had to compare this season’s top 10 with the entrants of old and then *gasp* the top 100 of American Idol, they don’t even come close. I have never before heard pop radio favourites butchered that badly since I went to karaoke night at The Boardwalk Casino in PE during the World Cup when 3 drunk Swedes got up on stage to sing (and they weren’t even singing in English).

Now I don’t solely blame the prospective Idols themselves (I mean you can’t help it if you’re kak & get told to enter a competition by your mom)- instead, I blame the judges. At the end of the day it is the judges who were responsible for choosing these people to go through right in the beginning. They are the one’s that have provided a pool of ass to choose from. I happened to be watching the show, with a trained professional singer, who has put together a string of hits and the look on her face said it all. I think her exact words were “This is embarrassing, I wouldn’t give any of these people a record deal if they were the last people with voice on the planet due to a bizarre form of mutism that affected the ENTIRE human race” (I may have added that last bit in for dramatic effect, but still, you get the point). Back to the judges…

With the addition of Metro FM radio personality and recording artist Unathi Msengana to join the likes of Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff- the show has become utterly stupid. Gareth seems to be the only judge with any sense at all, while the likes of Unathi shows that she is clearly not qualified to be a judge at all with comments that are not even related to anything that’s just unfolded in front of her. I’d take the “sweetie, my babying” of Mara over her any day- at least Mara had an opinion and entertained us all with her bizarre drug abuse and on show boozing. Unathi just loves everybody and cries at the sliver of someone hitting a good note during their performance. Come now, have an opinion chick. Randall, well yeah, he’s pretty much still the same and we don’t really expect much more than pure nasty from the skinny judge- which is totally cool.

Now onto the newly formed partnership with Idols SA and KFC… At the risk of sounding totally cynical it is a great pity that they’ve just changed their branding to “So Good” and decided to give each of the Top 10, R10 000 each when none of them are… you guessed it… any good. Seriously KFC, you could have given the money to a bunch of bergies and got better brand exposure from the deal. (There are banners available on our site, should you want to improve your street cred)

Now onto the Top 10 themselves. I do understand that it is frigging difficult to get up there week in and week out infront of an audience and critics like me and perform at a consistently high standard, but I mean come on… this is what you want to do as a profession. There is a reason I will never go and do something like this, other than to poke fun at the process- I don’t want to subject anyone else to sub-standard work. I’m not going to go play a dj set in front of a crowd in a club if I am not 100% sure that my mixing is on par and that the tracks I play will get women to take their clothes off from sheer hornyness. As a saving a saving grace there was a performance that I thought was ok from a certain SA band lead singer but on principle I am not going to get into because that would be like saying- “oh yah, the stab wound to my face isnt so bad, when you consider that I’ve been shot in the ass 5 times and then dragged across hot coals.”

I would also just like to end this post by referring to the name of this particular reality show- Idols SA. The name infers that the people who win the competition are idolised by fans and the public. I really just don’t see how this is possible when people in the Top 10:

A) Have not heard of a calorie-counting (This is not SA’s got talent and we are NOT looking for the next Sarah Boyle, we want a pop Idol. That is marketable)

B) Can’t actually sing pop music and are tone deaf

C) Are only there because they are already well known or famous (I use famous loosely here)

Once again this is just my humble opinion, but I can tell you that I am most certainly not the only one who thinks along the same lines… Just ask the rest of the MyCityByNight late night alumni. Go ahead… pick a winner- one thing’s for sure- they’re not going to be anywhere close to Elvis Blue.

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Comments 41

  1. Oh, Come on! Everyone knows how kak idols is this year. Even Gareth tweets so all the time. The question is why are YOU still watching?

  2. I could not agree with you more!!!I think all of them are absolutely pathetic.

    1. So glad I’m not alone in this… I want to give them a fair chance but really- it was shocking. The next time I’ll watch is when it’s down to the final 3 I rate…

  3. Don’t u guys feel bad of so many good black singers sent home every week? Check from top 16 to top 8, let’s be honest here, there’s just one black guy left on top 8, please tell me why whites vote for whites only. Kahludi, Power,Josslyn were good and ii think they deserved our votes irrespective of their colour, I am ashamed because it looks as if this show is for whites now. Maybe Mara was right on this note.

    1. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHITES ARE VOTING FOR WHITES ONLY???? DO YOU HAVE A CONNECTION ON THE SENDING SITE. IF SO THEN ADD VOTES TO LEFA’S VOTES. DON’T SAY THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW. IF BLACKS, WHITES, COLOUREDS HAVE TALENT THAN WHY NOT SHOW IT. YOU MUST STOP SENDING PLEASE CALL ME’S AND SAVE YOUR AIRTIME FOR VOTES. IF YOU FEEL THAT WHY.

      1. Both of you are being racist. Stop it. This competition has nothing to do with colour… It is about votes.

        1. Ricky Bynight. do you know what your talking about??? That taste in your mouth is “bull shit”. this is a competition. who does not know it? Racist is a word that does not have a meaning. So Vote jy ook. Good bye!!!!!

  4. Hi, i understand why u feel there are only one black guy left. but whose fault is it? MAAR MY FOK VOTE FOR YOURE FAVOURITE PERSON. AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN. I ALSO BELIEVE BLACK PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR WHITES. YOU CAN’T VOTE FOR SOMEONE YOU DON’T THINK CAN SING. BUT YOU CAN VOTE FOR SOMEONE YOU THINK HAS IT ALL!!!!! SINCE IT DOESN’T DEPEND ON THE JUDGES. IT’S SOUTH AFRICANS THAT NEED TO VOTE. SO COME ON IF YOU WANT TO KEEP LEFA VOTE FOR HIM. MHWA

    1. hay TP u have issues hey, real issues. this thing is about voicing your opinions. u haven’t voiced yours u r just butchering people that are voicing their own. leave people alone, actually get a chair n #sit down…………!!!

      1. listen listen. brother or sister from another Mother. i never ever swear at anyone. don’t you come and tell me to #sit. do you perhaps have any IDEA What you talking about. you are so #-up that you comment on something i typed last month. wake up and smell September month. goo-bye

        1. really failing to understand why you are swearing coz when you read my words properly you will realise that no swaer words were mentioned. this goes to show your level of civilisation. i said it before n i will say it again #SITDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          was that loud enough

            1. u weren’t born yesterday but u sound like you were born yesterday, u dnt even know what # stands for lol lol looooooool looooooooooooooooool
              #dead

              1. listen i have nothing to say to you. Good-BYE. and enjoy the rest of your ################################################################################################################################################################## LIFE

  5. This article is unfounded.
    Dave is the best thing that idols anywhere has had.
    South African talent is just as good as anywhere else.the playing fields were leveled long ago.
    I am not conventional in my music taste and rate Dave’s passion and talent up there with the likes of Arcade Fire and others. You can’t watch a once off performance and pass comment.

  6. I don’t know if any of you critics have been following Idols. This year’s top 5 has probably been the best singers that the Idols have ever had.

  7. hi, so we are left with 5. Dave can trully sing. if Freddie can only have his own style. maybe there can be hope for him. because it seems to me that he want to be like Dave. Crushanda girl your the bomb. keep on singing song. like mariah, whitney, etc.. cause you have the voice for it. lefa Bro jy is ‘n soet kind. try to get out of your soet boy style and go wild.

  8. I think who ever wrote this article is a total and utter idiot, a racist and discriminator. He most probably sucks as a singer, and is clearly an extremely opionative kak writer, @ mr.article writer geaht a fucking life and stop saying bad things about things u clearly dont know the shit about. O ja its susan boyle, not sarah, so next time u do a article go and do ur research. Also grow enough balls to leave your name when doing such an article. I have always loved reading the articles on this site. But not anymore. Proud supporter of SA-Talent.

    1. Frikkie really don’t know how you would think I’m a racist. I dont pretend to be a good singer either- hence me not entering Idols.

      I could tell you to go and learn how to spell and type but I didnt. Or maybe I just did.

      This is an opinionated website and my opinion is that the people who have made it to the final stages of Idols blow.

      Stop taking life so seriously. And visit us again. Or dont.

  9. Okay I might have been a little harsh, its just our whole country is so divided. I just feel that by supporting a little thing such as people in a compition we create a sircle, a cirle of support and trust.

    Our country has so mush raw, undiscovered talent. Let us see what they bring to the table.
    Hope this time around my spelling is a little bit better.

    Lol, sorry if i perhaps stepped on toes, or insulted anybody.

    Frikkie Pelser

    1. No sweat dude… We all have our opinions and that’s what the site is all about- having a bit of a debate. I do agree with you that we’ve got plenty of talent here in SA, who knows some of these peeps could go on to being successful when they’ve had the chance to develop more 🙂

  10. I PERSONALLY THINK CRUSHANDA MUST GO. SHE CAN ONLY DO WHITNEY HOUSTON AND TINA TURNER (WHOM ARE BOTH WONDERFUL SINGERS) BUT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD CAN THIS FEMALE NOT DO HER OWN THING FOR A CHANGE??? WE NEED NEW CREATIVE SINGERS -NOT OLD BROKEN RECORDS OF THE PAST!!!

  11. @ emilicha, if u had any sense of tone and voices, you would agree that Crushanda is one of the better female voices we ever had on idols. Her body type allows her to do wonders with her voice. I on the other think she is absolutly amazing. If you know her for the time I have been priviledged to know her, you would know she sings any genre and style very comfortably. Just so we clear this up- Both times she did Witney And Tina`s music it was suggested by the idols-vocal coach. So give the woman the credit she deserves and admire the fact that God gave her an exceptional voice.

    Kind regards – Crushanda friend&fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  12. People people, watse taal moet ek praat. verstaan julle nie. The people that are voted out are not the Judges fault. IT’S YOUR VOTES THAT COUNT. STOP SAY THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE. EK IS ‘N COLOURED EN I LOVE BLACK, WHITE, AND COLOUREDS. IF SOMEONE’S VOICE INSPIRES YOU THAN WHY NOT VOTE FOR THAT PERSON.. DAVE AND CRUSHANDIA IS DIE LASTE HONDE. MWHA

    1. What do you mean with “DAVE AND CRUSHANDIA IS DIE LASTE HONDE”. Ek’s nie seker of ek jou verstaan nie.

  13. Constance. hi great minds think alike. we know what we are talking about. enjoy ur day. i can’t wait for sunday

  14. And I say Dave is nearly always flat. People don’t notice because he is so intense and distracts from his vocals with his performances. I listened to Bridge over water again from him. That was bad!. He does have stage presence, but vocally, he is all over the place. He also knows how to pick good songs, that is all I can say. Crushanda, Freddie and Mark’s vocals are way better.

    1. jane. you might be right. the reason why i think Dave could not gave it his all. its because he has ‘n twin that wants to take all over and that is Freddie. the whole acting and sing Freddie does it actually who Dave is. i must say last night Freddie, Mark AND CRUSHANDA was the bomb. lets just vote for our favourite and see what happens Tuesday night.

    1. I have a feeling it’s gonna be Dave and Crushanda. If it’s the two of them, then I really don’t mind who of them wins.

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