Idols SA's "Cat with nine lives" Nqobile Gumede gave it a good fight for a number of weeks and managed to beat the odds on so many occasions. But as Sowetan predicted last week, those nine lives ran out on Sunday night and she bowed out.
The theme for the top 7 was love. But who had us feeling all mushy on the inside and who had made us sick for all the wrong reasons?
Here are this week's top three favorites and the three who are in danger of missing out on the top 6.
Be warned. There will be a baby boom in the nine months after Nolo gave a sensual rendition of Close the Door by Teddy Pendergrass. At this rate Nolo has cleverly positioned himself as the front runner to win the competition. Nolo came to seduce and he did more than that – I mean, did you see how low-plunging his man cleavage was? That combined with the leopard print jacket was a lot of sauce. He made love to that stage. I agree with the judges, it was his best performance Idols SA journey, because for the first time he showedcased his impressive vocal range.
After weeks of lukewarm performance, Micayla returned to top form. You didn't mess with a Whitney Houston song, the first rule in singing covers, but Micayla went there. She surprisingly did justice to it because she did Run to You her own and mimic Whitney. She belted it out with so much ingenuity, teen spirit and vulnerability. By the time she was done, even a jilted heart wanted to get up and fall in love all over again.
How funny three simple words like I Love You – which is the title of the late Thami Shobede's song that Luyolo chose – can carry so much emotion, feeling and memories. To his credit, Luyolo's falsetto is airy and soft as butter. The performance was effortless, romantic and heart-melting. Luyolo connected so much with the audience that at one stage I felt like he was specifically serenading me with the song.