CAMPAIGN TO SAVE IDOL TWINS DISMISSED
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Twins Anele and Neliswa Mxhakaza from Durban auditioned for Idols this year and only made it to theatre week where the judges felt that they were not emotionally strong enough to proceed in the competition despite that obvious musical talent.
This move has sparked a campaign on social media networks by fans to try and bring the twins back.
The sisters blew the judges away with their effortless renditions of Beyoncé, Etta James and Adele tunes in their first audition and had Unathi in tears and silenced the ever sarcastic and critical Gareth and Randall. Even though the two had a huge following on Twitter and some even predicting their placements in the top three, the judges had the final say and sent them packing during theatre week.
The Facebook campaign to bring back the twins now has 75 000 members. Unfortunately Idols SA rejected this movement. Idols Spokesperson Lani Lombard said, “Reversing the judges’ decision would not be fair to any of the parties involved. It could be interpreted as “rigging” the show – especially by fans of other contestants who also didn’t make it into the Top 16. M-Net and Mzansi Magic always value comments and requests from viewers, but sometimes adhering to requests are sometimes complex and not feasible. Idols SA is a licensed international series format and during the grueling Theatre Phase of the competition the judges have the final say.”
Lombard thinks the standard of this year’s competition has been exceptionally high and after much deliberation, the judges decided not to include the twins in the Top 16. “Apart from the fact that their final theatre week performances revealed that they could struggle with the high demands of a pop music competition such as Idols, the judges were concerned about their emotional vulnerability and attachment to one another,” said Lombard.
The twins have already bagged some recordings with local musicians. Recently they recorded with Afro-soul songbird Zahara. “There’s a bright future ahead of the twins, should they decide to pursue a music career. It would be wonderful to have them back on Idols SA in future, but at this stage, bringing them back would, and would be going against the rules of the format of the show,” added Lombard.
Even after the disappointment from Idols, “[I] can’t wait to get my hands on the Zahara Album,” said Jacinta Johnson, a proud supporter of the twins.
It seems Idols was a stepping stone for the identical singing sensation and more awaits them in the future.