“The journey was incredible” - Idols’ Amanda

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Eliminated Idols contested Amanda Antony returned home to a hero’s welcome from a small group of friends and family at the Port Elizabeth Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year old music student was denied the opportunity to make it into the top six of the MNet singing contest this past Sunday, after failing to receive enough of the 6.4-million votes to make it through.

Originally eliminated during the top 16 selection, she received a lifeline when another contestant withdrew after signing a record deal. Despite her elimination, Antony stated that the experience of showcasing her talents was one that money could not buy.

“It literality took my career to the next level. I don’t want to say too much but Idols has opened many doors for me. I cannot wait to show my supporters that believing in me was not a mistake,” Antony told RNews.

Asked about the pressures of performing on live television, the bubbly singer remarked that everything tended to melt away when the music and cameras started rolling.

“As cliché as it might be, being on that stage is something I have always dreamed about. There were butterfly moments as the start, but this disappeared as events went on”.

She stated that the comments given by judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Gareth Cliff had motivated her to work even harder and to “always believe in myself”.

Her advice to aspiring singers wanting to follow the Idols dreams was simple, “Be prepared to take risks,” she said.

“It is very scary to go for the auditions and stand in front of the judges with the fear that you might get put down by Randall. But as a artist, you have to take risks and work hard so that you don’t one day live with the regret of what could have been".