UPDATE (2 Nov) – YES !!! Elvis Blue won SA Idols season 6, after I called it in the post below :)
Last night I managed to catch the last couple of minutes of the first episode of the new Idols season on MNet, and one of the contestants towards the end of the show, was a guy by the name of Elvis Blue. The name is a stage name, which is in memory of a friend of his, named Elvis Blue, who was an 11 year old boy who died of HIV/AIDS last year. The little boy’s dream was to be a rockstar and after his death Jan adopted his name and went out to pursue Elvis Blue’s dream by entering Idols. He also helps Aids orphans in the George area learn to play guitar and donates used guitars to the children.
Elvis Blue’s whose real name is Jan Hoogendyk, is actually quite an accomplished Afrikaans Gospel singer, and has 2 albums called Diep Riviere & Ontskemer out, the latter which was nominated for a SAMA award earlier this year. He also appeared on Kyknet show Kwela last year, talking about his Diep Riviere album. Jan was also previously part of the Joburg group Mono who released 3 albums in within a 5 year period. It looks like Elvis Blue is a new project for Jan, and so far he seems to have gripped loads of people heart strings.
Elvis Blue played a cover version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love“. The song was amazing, and even had one of the Idols judges in tears. I know I also felt a couple of goosebumps as well. You can also follow updates from Elvis Blue on his Facebook Fanpage & Twitter
Here is the video of the song from his audition. I’m putting my money on Elvis Blue to take it to the end, and win Idols. Amazing….
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[Hat tip to Justin for prompting this blog post :) ]