It was a sad Idols farewell last night (15 August) for the bubbly farm girl from Soshanguve, 21-year-old Nosipho Mngomezulu. Even though the Top 9's musical mentor this week, Tamara Dey, couldn't fault her performance of Bruno Mars's Grenade in Sunday's Top 9 Spectacular, Nosipho was the contestant who received the fewest votes this week, and her Idols road had to come to an end.
But first, before the bad news was announced, Tamara Dey and Flash Republic got the Idols audience on their feet with a rousing performance of their hit, We're The Kids, with Idols Musical Director Martin Schofield on guitar!
Then Idols host Proverb got down to business and started to divide the Top 9 into groups of the Top and Bottom Three. Judges Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff correctly predicted that Chloe Kiley, Dominic Neill and Nosipho would make up the Bottom Three, based on their listeners' feedback on 5FM and Metro FM and Twitter response, and Randall Abrahams made it unanimous.
And then there were eight! The Top Eight Spectacular will be recorded at the Home Of Idols, the Mosaïek Teatro, on Friday, 17 August, and broadcast on M-Net, M-Net HD and Mzansi Magic at 5.30pm on Sunday, 19 August.
Tickets are available from Computicket.