Come one, come all and watch for the final time as the 8 soloists who made it through the Live Auditions croon, warble and belt their way to the grand finale.
Which Way West will set the stage for Harinee, Shelan, Emmanuel, Sachin, Dilrukshan, Thiysuri, Nigel and Avindra to battle it out for those coveted 4 spots that will guarantee that their names will be remembered in the annals of TNL Onstage. Head down on the 13th of August from 7 PM onward and watch local talent take centre stage.
It was a smorgasbord of talent on Saturday at Which Way West as the 8 soloists hit the stage to battle it out for their place at the finals. The Knockout Rounds saw a large gathering of family and fans who turned up to support and cheer for their favourite soloist.
The evening kicked off with Sachin who performed a spirited rendition of Radioactive (we think it’s the theme for this season) along with a stripped down version of Green Day’s iconic hit “21 Guns”. Setting the atmosphere for the evening, we loved his take on it.
Harinee showcased two of her originals “Sweater” and “Know What It’s About” which showcased not only her ability to play guitar, but her ability to transition from laidback groves to some punk rock vibes. It was brilliant to see originality and creativity on display!
Avindra gave us the first solo mashup for the competition with his masterful combination of Kanye West’s “Heartless” and Chris Daughtry’s “What About Now”. Showcasing his diversity, he also performed a Sinhala track “Sinhayo” by IndrachapaLiyanage.
Nigel sang an acoustic cover of an Above and Beyond track “Sun and Moon” which had much of the audience sighing and rounded off his performance with an up-tempo MichealBuble classic “Haven’t Met You Yet”. He also went on to win the encore round with an ecstatic cheer from his fans.
Shelan got the crowd clapping and screaming in appreciation with his Sam Cooke hit “A Change is Gonna Come” which showcased his powerhouse vocals, before launching into an absolutely dramatic performance of the Kodlaine hit “All I Want”. Super stuff!
Dilrukshan sure blew us away as he channeled some Sam Smith, with his first track “I’m Not the Only One” that got us right in the feels followed by a slightly more up-tempo hit, “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. We can’t wait to see what he’s going to sing next.
Tickling the ivories for his first track, Lukas Graham’s breakout hit, “7 Years”, Emmanuel proved that nothing was going to stop him, even when he was at a loss for words. His next track was definitely high energy as he took on Bastille’s “Pompeii”. We definitely approve.
Thiysuri closed the event with a highly emotional rendition of Adele’s “When We Were Young” and then took on a groovy Joss Stone cover of the original 1969 Dusty Springfield hit “Son of a Preacher Man” to some rousing applause from the audience. Girl power indeed!
Stay tuned to find out where you can see the finalists perform in the upcoming Busk Sessions!