Monday, June 23, 2008

Idols East Africa 2008 - Seven More To Go

After bidding farewell to Zimbabwe’s Samantha Tirivacho who many still did not deserve to leave the show, Idols East Africa is heating up by the week and all the contestants seem to have upped their game, including Cynthia Kuto. Yeah she’s still in the race. Here's a peek at yesterday's (June 22) show.

19 year old Zambian Trina Chisanga kicked off the show on a high note with Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. A very big song indeed. She left the audience and the judges visibly excited. TK thought she chose a clever song and Scar thought that she did the song justice. Her voice broke a little bit though somewhere in the high notes but that’s expected and the judges don't seem to have noticed.

20 year old Zimbabwean Adiona Maboreke gave a better performance this time compared to last week with Keisha White’s ‘The Weakness In Me’. She was accused last week of not feeling the song but this time she tried to change that. She put some more emotion in her performance and the judges thought she was spectacular and very confident. I’m not sure about spectacular but she sure has improved.

24 year old Cynthia Kuto whom Scar (real name Thabo Matlhabapiri) described as the Houdini of Idols is still very much in the race despite the fact that a lot of people, judges included, think she should go. I think Cynthia is there only because people are voting in favour of their countries and since she's the only one from Kenya, she gets a huge chunk of Kenya's votes. Zimbabwe on the other hand has to split her votes among 4 contestants. Otherwise as soon as they decrease, so will Cynthia’s chances. But at that rate it's not the most talented Idol that Africa is looking for but rather the one from the most populated country. Yesterday Cynthia admitted that musically she does better in groups than she does solo and I think that explains a lot. She has improved this week though but it’s clear she’s still not a singer. As Angela Angwenyi says, Cynthia's problem is that other contestants are growing much faster than Cynthia who seems to be on a platue.

23 year old Zimbabwean Mkhululi Bhebhe was as charming as ever as he sang ‘Have I Told You Lately’ by Rod Stewart. He got really creative by giving a member of the audience a red rose although he almost butchered the song towards the end while trying to 'make it his own'. This smooth operator definitely did a better job than last week.

19 year old Amarra Brown from Zimbabwe dared to do George Michael’s ‘Careless Whispers’. It was good of her to challenge herself in that way but Scar warned her to watch out on the high notes. And once again he's right. If she's not careful she may sound too pitchy. This girl is meant for the stage though and even though she does not win, her path is already clear.

27 year old Eric Moyo also of Zimbabwe brought the late Luther Vandros on stage in his song ‘Here and now’. Eric seems to have listened to Scar advise last week about being too cocky and this time he did less song butchering. But all in all it was a very good performance that Angela thought would make Luther Vandros proud.

Finally 19 year old Nicollete Kiiga from Uganda but with ties in Zimbabwe (or is it vice versa) set a very high standard for herself with last week’s sterling performance but unfortunately this week she did not get there. Her attempt at Madona’s ‘Like A Prayer’ was a slight slip back and it seems she’s better off doing slower songs. But I’m sure she’ll bounce back. All the judges were in agreement that the vocals were not good this time.

May the most talented Idol win.

16 Comments:

Kirima said...

Didn't catch Idols yesterday I'm not ashamed to say I watchedTPF finale instead much more drama. Great update will look out for the repeat shows.

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Hi Kirima. Unfortunately Citizen does not receive well on this end. So I don't get to watch TPF. But it's now over ama?

Half n Half said...

I didnt watch idols and I must admit that I have only watched it twice, but i still insist my cat meows sound better than cynthias singing! She needs to leave already! I dont care if she is kenyan..

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

That's the problem Nusumbili. People are not voting for the most talented but for whoever is from their country. Leaves you wondering whether the show is about talent. But I don't think Cynthia will go very far all the same.

Fixated said...

Yep, people should vote for talent regardless of nationality.

That said, I love Amarra!!!

Taabu said...

Ciku,
Nice recap and you deserve ehh.....for neat summary. Now just the curious me is your ordering by design or accident?

You have delicately balanced the thin line. You know criticizing Cynthia Kuto will earn you unpatriotic label (I hear they grow on trees somewhere) while at the same time flocking a partially dead horse is energy down the sewer. So are Kenyans TOPPING UP gain in IEA?

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Taabu Tele si you know I say it as it is mengine baadaye. If Cynthia-me cannot sing Cynthia-me cannot sing. Indeed if there were several Kenyans still in the race she would not be there by now.

Maybe no topping up but Kenya is still in the voting mode.

Anonymous said...

Wanjiku nice article. a small observation I've made. All the ladies have fake hair and the guys have natural afros.

and Cynthia cannot sing.

Half n Half said...

Is it un patriotic to be happy that she finally went?

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

aaai Nusumbili there's nothing unpatriotic about rejoicing that Cynthia left. I'm very happy and I've a feeling that now real competition will begin. Hii hapana football match ati we have to support our country.

Anon your observation is true. Too much fake hair.

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Fixated Amarra rocks!

neema divine said...

i wish i watched this, but why are there so many Zimbambweans? eeerr, out of curiosity, before muanze kunishoot. nothign personal.

anon...true, guys have afro and ladies fake hair. this is called East african idols, am ignorant, help with the Zimbabwe, is it always classified as east africa? coz in other areas it aint. that is also out of curiosity, nothing personal.

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Neema Lol. They just call it Idols East Africa but infact it's Idols everything except West Africa. Actually it's Idols East and Southern Africa.

I'm also learning a lot about Zimbabwe. I must admit I've always thought of it as this dark age country. Thanks to the eloquent beauties and jamaas in Idols, I've seen another side of Zim. The fact that there are so many Zimbabweans I guess means its because they can sing so well.

It's almost clear now that the title and the cash will go to one of the Zimbabweans. I'll try to calculate how much money that will be back in their country.

Our Kid said...

Good review. So sad Cynthia is gone.

Nairobian Perspective said...

wanjiku-well told, quite picturesque post, im routing for Eric Fayo to win, i love how he dares himself!!!

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Nairobian Eric is the guy to beat for sure. He's good. Very good. And the prize is most probably going to Zimbabwe anyway. I've a feeling Adiona is going next.