Scenes of jubilation mingled with snapshots of heartbreak on SABC1 on Saturday night, when The X Factor South Africa revealed the top nine acts who will go through to the high-pressure round of live gala shows starting this coming weekend.
Television audiences waited with bated breath as the field of thousands of South African X Factor hopefuls was further whittled down by judges/mentors Zonke and Arno Carstens – but not without plenty of tears, frayed nerves and chewed fingernails.
After the competitors visited the judges’ homes, Zonke (with guest judge Zakes Bantwini) and Carstens (with guest judge Toya delazy) were faced with the agonising task of selecting their top three solo singers in the over-24 and under-24 age categories respectively. Oskido had already hand-picked the three groups he wanted to see competing in the next round.
That difficult deed has now been carried out and starting this weekend, on Saturday 25 October at 17:30 on SABC1, the top nine acts – solo vocalists and groups – will have to sing their hearts out live on stage as they compete for a lucrative Sony Music Entertainment recording contract and a cool R300 000 cash prize.
Viewers have the power to decide who stays and who goes by voting for their favourite acts on the SMS line 33121, using the number allocated to each of the nine finalists. The results show will be broadcast on SABC1 on the same night as the live gala show, from 19:30 to 20:00.
Here are the top nine acts that will be going through to the live performance round, starting this Saturday:
Avodah (with members Nonkululeko Cossa, Nondumiso Radebe, Thembisa Ndlovu, Phila Masimang, Siziphiwe Ndlovu and Sindi Ntomela) – XF 1
Wandile “Bubbles” Nomiya – XF 2
Eliezer Hilmer – XF 3
Four (with members Jethro Tait, David Evan Januari and Steven Lee Lewis) – XF 4
Gavin Edwards – XF 5
Iziqhaza (with members Khanyisa Mbuthu and Mbongeni Mavuso) – XF 6
MJ Scholtz – XF 7
Princess Mekoa – XF 8
Wandaboy Ngubeni – XF 9
“We are incredibly excited now that the top nine acts have been announced, because from here the stakes get progressively higher and the entertainment escalates every week until the live finale in Durban on 13 December,” says SABC TV Head of Publicity Zandile Nkonyeni. “That’s when one singer or group will be crowned South Africa’s very first X Factor winner.”
So get SMSing and cast your vote for the singer or group you think has that one-of-kind quality – that U-xongasolveki!
The X Factor South Africa is brought to viewers by SABC 1 in association with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and sponsored by Vodacom. The show is produced by Rapid Blue.
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