Bones reached for his dream – and won Idols

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FROM streetkid to Idol, KwaZulu-Natal’s Vincent Bones, 30, was the clear win­ner of last night’s Idols Sea­son 10 fi­nale.

And, although Bones’s win came as a sur­prise, Twit­ter had been abuzz yes­ter­day with fans pre­empt­ing the re­sult, say­ing it was “ob­vi­ous”.

The last time KwaZu­luNatal had an Idols win­ner was in 2012, with Khaya Mthethwa.

Bones walks away with R700 000, among other prizes.

Be­fore he en­tered Idols, South Africa’s new­est star was the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the Ea­gle Christian Cen­tre in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

“I found my love for singing and writ­ing songs very late, around 17 or 18. Be­fore that I was only in­ter­ested in soc­cer,” said Bones, who is a diehard Kaizer Chiefs fan.

“I left my job at the church to pur­sue Idols, and I want to in­spire oth­ers to reach for their dreams, too.

“I want to be singing un­til I am 60. Some of our past is painful but we all need to move on and look to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture and fight for our dreams.”

Orig­i­nally from Joburg, Bones grew up in El­do­rado Park, but his mother and an un­cle died by the time he was 12.

Cir­cum­stances forced him to leave home and he sur­vived on the streets of Pre­to­ria for sev­eral years un­til he joined Girls and Boys Town, the largest pri­vate child­care or­gan­i­sa­tion in the coun­try, which

Some of our past is painful, but we need to move on

changed his life.

“Vincent is liv­ing proof of what love, un­der­stand­ing and dis­ci­pline can do and the good work that has been done here over the last half a cen­tury,” said Girls and Boys Town chief ex­ec­u­tive Lee Loynes.

Run­ner-up Bongi Silinda, 24, from Mbombela, said in an in­ter­view last week that, win or lose, she would pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic.

She said she had al­ways been drawn to per­form­ing, study­ing mu­sic at the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal and later drama in Gaut­eng.

The dates for Sea­son 11 au­di­tions will be an­nounced early next year.

PIC­TURE: COBUS BO­DEN­STEIN

NO LOOK­ING BACK: Idols win­ner Vincent Bones lived on the streets of Pre­to­ria for sev­eral years after his mother and un­cle died. No mat­ter what the past brought, “we need to look to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture and fight for our dream,” he says. Bones hopes to be singing well into old age.

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