Yanga Sobetwa was 16 when she stepped up to the audition camera in a casual military green jumpsuit and purple gladiators, her hair simply tied into a bun with her twist braids. She turned 17 in the Idols house and has stepped out glowing and confident with gorgeous natural hair. She’s as confident as she was in the start, so certain she’d pick up a golden ticket she’d already arranged longdistance learning with her school, Rhodes High, ahead of the auditions. She had to prove judges Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo wrong, who predicted she’d crash. The girl can unleash high notes with that small body and that hoarse voice, and who can forget her showstopper performance where she belted out Letta Mbulu’s hit anthem Not Yet Uhuru – and scored a standing ovation? Heading into the finale, with Somizi laying his jacket on the floor for her to step on, Ms Yanga is queening.
FIERCE Watching Yanga sing her high notes and powerful songs on stage is bliss
FLEDGLING Yanga Sobetwa was only 16 when she auditioned for the show