Diva moment cost Tshidi her Idols dream

ELIMINATED Tshidi Tenyane – who had looked set to reach the Idols season 8 finale – is bemused by how fans suddenly turned against her for comment “taken out of context”.

The 28-year-old bore the brunt of the anger of many Twitter users after Sunday evening’s episode, which featured a “home-coming” segment in which the remaining contestants visited their former schools and neighbourhoods.

While visiting her school throngs of pupils stormed to the car Tenyane was in, forcing her to stay in her car to avoid the commotion.

She could also be heard telling the scholars: “Okay, guys, I’m going to come out of the car, but don’t jump on me, okay? I will literally fall”.

The knives came out for her after that comment.

One Twitter user said: “I’m glad Tshidi is gone! She was too much of a prima donna!

“She deserved de boot! Now she can learn 2 respect her fans!”

Tenyane said: “Standing there in front of 2,000 pupils who took 20 minutes to calm down got me very scared. It’s a pity it was taken out of context. Continue reading

Bonang moves on

New show for Live host

FORMER presenter of SABC 1’s Live Bonang Matheba, who hosted her last show at the end of last month, says she will be more than just a presenter of the new show she will be anchoring.

Matheba, who presented her final Live show on August 31, said she is staying with the public broadcaster.

Matheba says the new show, which starts on November on SABC 1, will be a lifestyle show featuring music events, parties, fashion show and red carpet events. Continue reading

No Beyonce for sports awards

American singer Beyonce will not perform at the department of sport and recreation’s sports awards.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the idea of bringing the performer to South Africa had been dropped as it would take the focus away from athletes deserving recognition, according to the Star newspaper.

“This is why we dropped the Beyonce idea. It became politicised, funny songs were being sung about it in (the ANC), there were distortions about pricing, wild rumours,” Mbalula said.

“In the end it made me think about what we were trying to achieve here.”

Beyonce’s fee, reported to be R17 million an hour, would have been paid before the awards by corporate sponsors.

“The matter was blown out of proportion, so I made up my mind to cut it off right then. It wasn’t something worth pursuing,” the minister told the Star.

The awards are expected to be held in November.

Youngest Idols hopeful Shekhinah is out

Johannesburg – 17-year-old Shekhinah Donnell has been eliminated from the eighth season of Idols SA.

This year’s youngest contestant was revealed as the singer with the least amount of votes from the last round of performances.

The Top 6 contestants were divided into three groups during Tuesday’s elimination show where Shekhinah and Monde were grouped together.

After the results were read, Shekhinah performed Lady Gaga’s Marry the Night in hope of winning the judges’ save. Her efforts were unsuccessful. Continue reading

Most painful songs for Zahara

Zahara cannot help but be moved to tears when she sings songs from her debut album, Loliwe.

“I grew up in a village where not many made it to Matric and singing was regarded as something that was done at church, not as a career,” the singer said yesterday after a teary performance of Umthwalo at the Tribute to South African Music Heroes concert at Moretele Park in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on Saturday evening.

“Whenever I sing the song, I think back on my childhood, my family and the time when I wrote this song two years ago,” she explained.

Songs like Ndiza, which she wrote on her first aeroplane flight to Johannesburg and My Guitar, which tells of how her guitar offers a great escape when she feels overwhelmed, also leave her emotional, the singer said. Continue reading

New A-Class, due in South Africa in April 2013

A proper hot hatch

What’s in a name? More than one idea, says our UK correspondent John Simister.

If you have thought of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class at all, you’ll probably have in your head a small, stubby MPV with a high floor and something clever about the way the engine would be pushed under that floor in a big crash. It was a showcase of Mercedes design intelligence.

Those in tune with car design thought the A-Class very cool, if a bit crude in its detailing. The car’s second generation had a similar architecture but a properly Mercedes aura of quality, refinement and finish. Trouble was, the A-Class was perceived by the buying public as not cool at all. Youthful, trend-aware types just weren’t interested. They would rather have had an Audi A3. Continue reading