Contrasting styles in ‘Idols SA’ final

Andile Ndlovu and Pearl Boshomane

THE race to the Idols SA crown has been billed as the closest one in a while, but is it really possible for 26-year-old Musa Sukwene to overcome 19-year-old Brenden Ledwaba’s legions of screaming girls?

While both are talented, they’re like chalk and cheese. Sukwene seems as though he would be more comfortable singing in church, while Ledwaba would kill it at a club.

Sukwene knows what works for him and his voice, covering artists such as Dave Hollister, Marvin Gaye, India.Arie and Anthony Hamilton.

But his strength doubles as a weakness – he is somewhat predictable and, dare we say it, boring.

The Zac Efron-esque Ledwaba is definitely more the pop singer.

His song choice has been commercial and contemporary, covering Zahara, Usher, John Legend, Justin Bieber and Miguel.

On Sunday (although the show is recorded on Fridays), the pair will appear for the penultimate time on the Idols SA stage at Moreleta Park, in Pretoria.

The victor will be announced on Tuesday night. Both will perform three songs. Ledwaba will perform Rihanna’s Stay and Asa’s Jailer along with Fingerprints, to be released as his first single should he win. Sukwene’s prospective winning single is called I Can Still Feel It, and will follow Mavin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and Ringo Madlingozi’s Ndiyagodola.

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