Last week, Idols South African crowned 17-year-old Yanga Sobetwa as it’s 14th winner as she made history by becoming the youngest singer to win the show. Yanga, who becomes the second consecutive teenage girl from the Western Cape to win the title after Paxton Fielies won the show last year, wowed the judges and fans with her flawless delivery, originality and creativity and, ultimately, scored more votes than runner-up Thato Makape.
The star won over R1,5 million in prizes which includes R1 million in cash, a Hauwei MateBook, a router and data from Telkom, a Ford Fiesta Titanium 1lite EcoBoost, R100 000 worth of fashion from Truworths, R80 000 worth of musical equipment and a record deal from Gallo Record Company.
I can’t put into words how I feel right now, but I can say it in song,” the star said shortly after winning. Director and Executive Producer, [sic] Entertainment Gavin Wratten, said: “Idols SA season 14 has beaten all our expectations; surpassing a 100 million votes is a landmark achievement for reality TV in this country.”
The show continues to be a ratings winner for Mzansi Magic. With a season record of 142 million votes, surpassing the targeted 100 million that Proverb had set in the beginning of the season, the season became one of the most successful seasons to date.
In fact, the show has become so successful that a 15th season of the show has been announced for 2019. Auditions for the show’s new season starts in Pretoria on 26 January, before heading to Durban on 9 February, Johannesburg on 16 February and Cape Town on 2 March.
Yanga’s debut single ‘Scars (All Over Me)’ is out now.
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