The girls brought their A-game when they set the stage on fire during the group two live performance on Idols South Africa.
Eight girls – who are part of the last 16 – were battling it out for a spot in the top ten at Pretoria’s State Theatre on Sunday.
And with their impressive performances, they gave viewers a tough choice to make in deciding who will stay.
Last Sunday, the guys set the bar really high which may have been the motivation for the girls to try and up the ante.
Here’s how the girls performed:
Opening the solo performances was Thando Mngomezulu who seemed to have worked on her confidence. When she auditioned, we had doubts that she was going to make it this far.
She opened the night with a memorable rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s Giving Myself. Nerves could have taken over when she started but she owned the song as she went on and she even got a standing ovation. She looked beautiful in a body hugging long traditional dress that covered her shoes.
19-year-old Wattahmelon (real name Lethabo Ramatsui) from Atteridgville, who just loves her blonde hair, sang Lose to Win by Fantasia. She looked stunning in a gold dress paired with long green earrings and shiny gold boots.
The judges loved her performance.
Somizi felt that she was off key in the beginning but he said he wouldn’t punish her for that.
“In the beginning it was soggy, but as it is, the voters will love you – but do not take that for granted,” he said.
Randall said it didn’t matter if she wins or loses the competition, she will still be great.
Grade 11 learner, Nosipho Silinda, looked gorgeous in thigh-length black boots paired with a black and yellow jumpsuit. She sang Sia’s Alive and the performance received a standing ovation.
Her family, including her musician aunt Busisiwe “Cici” Thwala, were thrilled with her performance And the judges also loved it. Somizi danced throughout the performance and Unathi felt that Nosipho gave the performance her all.
“You were melodic where you needed to be melodic; rhythmic were you needed to be rhythmic,” she said.
Bongiwe Mdaka who hails from Tonga, Mpumalanga, sang Emily Sundae’s Beneath Your Beautiful.
Somizi said: “Be a diva on stage, own it because you have got pipes.”
Unathi said Bongiwe gave the others a run for their money.
“You understand that this is a competition. If I was one of these people sitting down, I’d be so nervous,” said Unathi.
19-year old Xae’s performance was the first which all the judges agreed on. Randall was blown away and had nothing to say.
“I don’t know what to say,” he laughed.
“We already have three definite girls and you are one of them,”
Somizi said even though it was his first time hearing the song, it was great.
“I see my grand daughter buying your music.”
Ntokozo Makhathini sang Zahara’s Ndiza, and the judges forgave her for being slightly out of tune.
“You were out of tune here and there, but I’d rather watch you out of tune than the six others in tune,” said Randall.
“Best performance of the night,” said Somizi.
“You were in the moment. If you ever get confused during your music journey, go back to this performance. Everything – the confidence, the song and the style.”
The youngest contestant of the season, 16-year-old Yanga Sobetwa, performed Adele’s Don’t You Remember. She was proof that dynamite comes in small packages.
“The song did not light up for me. I just cannot see…” Randall could not finish his comment because Somizi interjected and said “Ngeke (never)” as Randall was still talking
“You took us through as emotional journey. You were amazing,” Unathi said.
The last performance of the night was by Dalene Swartz who used to be a choir master at her high school.
She performed It’s Not Right But It’s Okay by Whitney Houston. She gave it her all but it seemed to be a very wrong choice of song.
“Andizi … It’s not right but it’s okay. There are certain songs that it is a crime to change and you cannot change Whitney Houston’s song. You are manufacturing the song into the Cassper Nyovestering song,” said Somizi.
Randall felt that Dalene lost the groove.
“If you lose the groove, you are just never going to make it,” he said.
Both the groups gave it their best shots, now it is up to the viewers to decide who makes it to the top 10.
Catch Idols SA season 14 every Sunday at 17:00 on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161.