South Africa: Lincoln's Amazing Run on Idols SA Ends

Lincoln Lewis.

Thanks to a glittering Showstopper Night theme, host Proverb had to dispense with the elimination tension very early on in the show

We said goodbye to Lincoln tonight after he recieved the least of the nearly 8.5 million votes cast last week! That said, he still got to hit the stage one last time as part of the Top 8 ensemble, who paid homage to the travelling circus with their opening number, 'This Is Me', orginally performed by the cast of 'The Greatest Showman'

The show had, indeed, started!

Thato’s surreal dream sequence performance of 'Mamelani' by Naakmusiq got things off on a soaring note that had the Judges showering him with compliments. Randall summed it up when he proffered: “I don’t know if you were made for Showstopper or if Showstopper was made for you. You had both singing and performance down!”

Nosipho followed this up with a rebel teen act, singing Ariana Grande’s 'Into You' in a dive-bar karaoke set. The Judges agreed that she looked beautiful and sang beautifully, but there was a distinct lack of passion from her performance. “It was the perfect song choice for you and everything worked, but where was the fire?” asked Unathi.

Niyaaz also received mixed reviews for his laser-fun-zone act for Chris Brown’s 'Turn Up The Music'. Somizi said he could not find the “vocability” of the song at all, while Randall reminded him to keep the vocals on par with everything else. Unathi congratulated him on finally reaching a Showstopper performance “eight years in the making”.

Just past the halfway mark, Yanga took to the stage with a protest theme, singing a modern version of Letta Mbulu’s 'Not Yet Uhuru', a gamble that paid off and saw her getting a standing ovation from all three Judges. Unathi was near tears, Randall said she was getting better and better every week, while Somizi called her a “super stage star” and gave her the night’s first “Whoo Shem!”

Xae put on a high-octane, all-girl routine to Amerie’s '1 Thing' and got some love from the Judges. “Of the Top 10, you are the one who has improved the most and continues improving,” complimented Randall. Unathi said she was “absolutely amazing” and Somizi dubbed her “the queen of song choice”.

King B not only ruled Wakanda in his set, but also conquered Unathi’s heart with his performance of 'Inde' by Heavy K & Busiswa. However, Randall and Somizi felt there was a “disconnect” and that tonight was the night he experienced a “downer”.

Closing off the show was Thando, who literally took us to church with a remix of Beyonce’s 'Single Ladies'. Not only did she get a ring from Randall, he testified: “You’ve got spirit and you brought it tonight!” She also received high praise from Unathi and the night’s second “Whoo Shem!” from Somizi.

The Showstopper Show was undoubtedly fire, and the Top 7 left everything on the stage. Now it’s all up to Mzansi to decide who they want to see go through to the next round so VOTE here.

Tonight’s entertainment was by Dladla Mshunqisi Ft Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira with the hit 'Pakisha'.

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