THE youngest contestant on Idols SA 2019, Micayla Oelofse, who recently made it through to the top three of the singing competition, now has her sights set on winning the prize. During Sunday night Idols SA performance, Oelofse tackled Alicia Keys’s Fallin’.
Hailing from Rowallan Park in Port Elizabeth, the 18-year-old singing sensation was interviewed by PE Express on her journey as an Idols contestant.
What motivated you to enter Idols SA 2019?
Oelofse: Well... funny story is that my parents surprised me early that morning saying that I should sign documents. My late mom saw a post on Facebook and told my dad about it and surprised me.
Who inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Oelofse: I would say my mother inspired me. She was a very talented woman. I started with music at the age of five. I was always singing and I decided to take piano lessons too in school. But sadly I had to quit because I have an ear in music and I can’t read notes - also the same with voice (singing).
Tell me more about your childhood – how was it like growing up in Port Elizabeth?
Oelofse: Growing up in Port Elizabeth was amazing. I loved it there! I’d say PE is very supportive.
What is an average day like for you as an Idols contestant?
Oelofse: I’m super chilled you know. I’m humble and I take it day by day.
Being on stage in front of millions must be nerve-racking. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? If so, how do you overcome it?
Oelofse: Yes, with one of my rehearsals I had anxiety where I could not breathe. I just sat on the stage and I could not get up because I felt so weak. But thanks to the amazing Idols SA crew, they made me feel better.
What challenges are you facing throughout your Idols journey?
Oelofse: The challenges are that I would love to win this competition. If I don’t win, I don’t mind as long as I know I have chased my dream.
Tell me more about your favourite performances.
Oelofse: I’d say my favourite performance was Rise Up by Andria Day, because it was a tribute to my late mom.
What are your plans going forward if you win Idols?
Oelofse: I would like to get myself a grand piano first! But also invest the money and focus on my singing.
What are you plans after Idols if you do not win the competition? Will you be coming back to PE?
Oelofse: Yes, I will.
What are your highlights as an Idols contestant?
Oelofse: Trying to do the vosho!
What do you think are your chances of winning?
Oelofse: I have a very positive vibe.
How is reality vs the expectations as an Idols contestant?
Oelofse: It’s weird but the experience is amazing.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Oelofse: Don’t give up, just push forward and you will get where you want to be. Always have a positive mindset.
Any message for your Port Elizabeth fans who are voting for you?
Oelofse: Thank you so much for all the support, I appreciate every one of you!
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