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Ravensmead singer makes waves on Idols

Lincoln Lewis from Ravensmead has made it to the Idols Season 14 Top 10.

The 22-year-old was deemed “safe” in last week Sunday’s episode.

TygerBurger was able to secure an interview with the contestant, who shared what inspired him to show off his vocals, not only to the Idols judges, but to South Africa as well.

“My motivation to audition for Idols SA was my cousin, Jonah Poole. He asked me to tag along with him, and I decided to audition when we got to the Century City Convention Centre. I went in with no expectations and here I am. God is just awesome,” said Lincoln.

He has described the Idols journey as him living out his lifelong dream: “Personally, it has been a time in my life where God has really shown me His Power and has drawn me closer to Himself with each step that I take. I still cannot believe that I am a part of South Africa’s Biggest Talent Search Competition. I am humbled by this opportunity.”

When asked which genre he enjoys doing, Lincoln explained that he is very fickle about the music that he likes and is unable to pinpoint a specific genre. “However, I like alternative sounds and being different. My music selection is very wide, yet always reflects the best sounds from the specific genre it comes from, in my opinion.”

Lincoln said the day in the life of an Idols contestant is mostly work with some play: “I mean, we’re all aspiring artists and things get dramatically fun many a time. We wake up for breakfast, have meetings, work out and learn choreography, practice and rehearse our songs, and do the most to give the people what they want. We have lunch, play 30 Seconds, reflect on our lives together and sometimes even cry together. At night we wind down after dinner by watching TV and having some “family time”. Thereafter it’s sleepy time and the day restarts in the morning.”

His favourite artists include Sade, Dido, Teddy Pendergrass and Macy Gray, among others. He said these were the artists his parents listened to while he was growing up. “My love for music just continues to grow as I learn more and more every day. Other musical talents that I have is that I am a lyricist and write some beautiful songs every now and then. I would really love to learn to play the piano.”

Lincoln said his best performance was when he sang ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ in the Top 16 performance.

The highlight of his journey with Idols was a comment he received after his audition from Idols judge, Somizi: “He said, ‘I think you could win this competition,’ and I loved the comment where Unathi said that my Top 16 performance was, ‘...fit for an Oscar’s Evening.’”

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