Yanga Crowned Idols South Africa Champion
RECENTLY Idols South Africa crowned 17-year-old Yanga Sobetwa as its 14th winner, making her the show’s youngest singer so far. Yanga, who becomes the second consecutive teenage girl from the Western Cape to win the title after Paxton Fielies won last year, wowed the judges and fans with her flawless delivery, originality and creativity, ultimately scoring more votes than runner-up Thato Makape. The star won over R1.5-million in prizes which includes R1-million in cash, a Huawei 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. 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. In fact, this has became one of the most successful seasons to date, so it should come as no surprise that the programme has been renewed for a 15th season, planned for 2019. Auditions start in Pretoria on January 26, before heading to Durban on February 9, Johannesburg on February 16 and Cape Town on March 2.