Con­tes­tants to sing their Idols swan song

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Tonight, more than a mil­lion view­ers will wit­ness ei­ther Thami Shobede or Noma Khu­malo be­ing crowned the coun­try’s new­est pop star in a highly an­tic­i­pated fi­nal show at Car­ni­val City in Boks­burg.

The 12th sea­son of Idols SA, flighted on Mzansi Magic for the first time, has at­tracted more than 80 mil­lion votes since Septem­ber.

The gor­geous look­ing Shobede told City Press this week: “I can’t be­lieve I’ve come this far. How did I get here? Who spends their last cent to vote on a stranger?

“I’m grate­ful that some­one out there recog­nises my tal­ent,” he said.

Shobede, who comes from Mtu­batuba in north­ern KwaZulu-Natal, says that if he wins the prizes – which in­clude R350 000 in cash, a Ford worth R275 900, R100 000 in Tru­worths vouch­ers and Telkom prod­ucts worth R350 000 – it would be self­ish for him to put him­self first.

“I know that for many peo­ple it’s about buy­ing that lux­ury car you’ve been dreaming to own, but for me I’m go­ing to take my young sis­ter, who re­cently com­pleted her ex­ams, to a ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion next year,” he said. “If I win it’s go­ing to be a dream come true. Al­ready last week Sun­day, when I per­formed my sin­gle, Sthandwa for the first time, it felt like my life had changed.” Sthandwa bagged the num­ber one spot on the iTunes SA Sin­gle Chart last week im­me­di­ately af­ter his per­for­mance. Last year he only made it to the top 16, but this year he’s poured his heart into ev­ery per­for­mance. About his new sin­gle he said: “I fell in love with the song from the first time I saw the lyrics. I could re­late to the song be­cause it is about love and I write sim­i­lar songs.” Asked whether he was in love, all he could say was: “I know what it is like to be in love.” This year, Gallo Record Com­pany was ap­pointed as the new record la­bel for the win­ner af­ter Uni­ver­sal Music with­drew. Be­sides music, Shobede would like to see him­self on the small screen. “I would like to use my face as an ac­tor or TV pre­sen­ter,” he said. Un­like Shobede, Khu­malo is not a woman of many words. The stu­dent teacher took part in the com­pe­ti­tion three years ago and was knocked out in the early rounds. Khu­malo, who comes from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, said if she won no words could de­scribe how she would feel. “It is go­ing to be the start of a new chap­ter of my life. But what­ever hap­pens tonight it’s all in God’s will.” She said she’s not had time to re­flect on last week’s per­for­mance be­cause of this week’s hec­tic rounds of ra­dio, TV and press in­ter­views. Last Sun­day, she also per­formed her first sin­gle, Want It To Feel Like It Did With You. She doesn’t yet have plans for the cash prize if she wins. “All I know is that I’m go­ing to in­vest it in my ed­u­ca­tion. I want to fin­ish my teach­ing de­gree,” she said. Her ad­vice to young as­pir­ing women artists is: “They shouldn’t give up on their dreams and al­ways re­mem­ber that ed­u­ca­tion is the key to suc­cess.” Tonight’s show will also fea­ture per­for­mances by Kelly Khu­malo and Bonginkosi “Zola” Dlamini with Idols’ judge Unathi Msen­gana who will per­form their pop­u­lar song Sana Lwami.

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