This year’s Idols Top 10 was announced on Sunday and the Northern Suburbs is proudly represented by no fewer that three of the contestants.
Durbanville’s Mark Haze, Milnerton’s Nolly Meje and Boston’s Kelly Fortuin will be among the top 10 competing for the title of South African Idol.
The 21-year-old Kelly is taking part in the competition as a tribute to her grandfather who passed away three weeks before her audition. As an ex-Tygerberg High School learner, Kelly is now working as a financial advisor while studying law. She is also very proud of being a mother to three-year-old Storm.
“It’s been Awesome,” Kelly says of her Idols experience so far, adding that the contestants are like a big family. She adds the show is an opportunity for her to “work with the best in the business”.
Kelly says TygerBurger readers should vote for her because she is a true performer: she can dance and sing. “I offer something totally different,” she says.
Idols 7 is Nolly’s second try at the competition. She was in the top 100 in the very first season.
The 24-year-old, who studied public relations at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is a freelance television presenter and research script writer.
“I’m a performer, I love what I do,” says Nolly, who admits to falling into the role of joker or clown.
“It shows on stage” she says, adding that when she performs, she goes into another world, allowing her to deliver a captivating and energetic performance.
Nolly says her Idols experience so far has been overwhelming. “It’s been intense,” she says. Nolly hopes the competition will expose her to more opportunities and recognition in the music industry.
Mark is well known to Northern Suburbs rock fans as the frontman for his band, 12th Avenue.
“I entered Idols to further my career,” he says.
At 29, Mark has been performing since the age of seven and with his band’s music getting airtime on 5FM, Mark is no stranger to the music industry.
While in the US last year, Mark entered the American Idol experience at Disneyworld for fun and says that winning there gave him the confidence to enter the South African competition.
“I’m really proud that people say I’m bringing rock to Idols,” Mark says, but adds that the competition is an “opportunity to show the country that I am versatile.”
“God gives you these opportunities to give back,” he says, which is exactly what he intends to do.
Mark hopes to change the perception that local music is not on an international level and says that it would take just one performer proudly representing South Africa to create opportunities for other South African artists on an International platform.
“I will give the best performance of my life every time I go up there” Mark says.
He adds: “I would like to personally thank every single person who has sent me messages on Facebook and Twitter and has voted.”
Mark assures 12th Avenue fans that he will not be leaving the band.
. Grade 11 Fairmont High School learner, Chloé Geldenhuys was also part of the Idols Top 15.
“Singing is my passion.” Chloé says.
She says she may try Idols again next year, but she definitely won’t stop singing.