SA reacts to the Idols SA season premiere!

The love was overwhelming and that's all thanks to Durban coming through and keeping us all entertained

10 July 2018

Hours have passed since Season 14's debut and our notifications are still going crazy. Durban gave us that perfect mix of comedy, compelling stories and magical singing that make Idols one of SA's most loved shows. I mean, the hype train set course before the show had even begun.

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Setting hearts racing first was Londy who boldly declared that she was "here for the money" before delivering a sassy and confident, Afro-Soul performance that stunned our Judges & scored her four yeses. Come to think of it, we had a tonne of Afro-Soul crooners in the house on Sunday. Fellow contestants, Junior (who channeled Thami Shobede) & Celimpilo (the soulful, chemical engineer) also managed to impress our panel with buttery smooth vocals before joining the "four yes" club.

After a little digging we also found the studio version of Londy's song, "Ngeke Ngivume". Have a listen and let us know what you think of it using #IdolsSA.

Waaaay on the other end of the spectrum were the Wooden Mic contenders and pranksters, some looking to score their 15 seconds of fame, the others genuinely convinced they're talented but sadly mistaken. At one point our Judges were so annoyed that they decided to flip the script and do a little pranking of their own by pretending to give one Leon Gumede a Golden Ticket despite a deliberately horrible audition. His reaction, was priceless.

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Leon wasn't the only one who left people in stitches however. Bhorte had similar intensions to clown around but while he couldn't get our Judges laughing along the twitterverse was howling at his bizzare and rather vigorous dance routine. Don't even get us started on the singing. It seems Wooden Mic contenders might be an annoyance to some but for the bulk of our Idols fam it's a highlight and indeed, a not-so-guilty pleasure.

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Durban nabbed 24 Golden tickets in total and amoungst them were Nosipho and Xae who closed off the show with standout performances! The former is only 17 and was extremely shy and reserved, something that cost her a "yes" from Randall. That said, she powered through Beyonce's 'Sandcastles' hitting even the highest notes with an unstonishing ease. Xae was equally impressive boasting a soulfulness and level of control that belies her young age of 18.

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Did we miss any talkworthy moments that left you shook? Keep the conversation going on Twitter #IdolsSA or checkout all the Durban Auditions right here on our site.

Season 14 of Idols South Africa plays every Sunday at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic DStv Ch161. Get exclusive updates as all the action unfolds by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.