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Idols SA S14: Meet Your Top 16!

After sifting through thousands of aspirant hopefuls from all parts of the country, we are officially now down to the 16 most talented vocalists vying for the Idols SA crown season 14

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After sifting through thousands of aspirant hopefuls from all parts of the country, we are officially now down to the 16 most talented vocalists vying for the Idols SA crown season 14 – which comes with some pretty nifty career launching perks!

This year’s 16 consists of quite a young selection of talented self-starters, some who travelled thousands of kilometres to take aim at their dream to become the next biggest name in the South African music business! Others are giving the competition yet another shot after dusting themselves off previous rejections, and others simply hope to leverage their experience with hard work and finish at the top.

The next Idol will come from these guys;

Thato Makape (23) had to travel over 1250 kilometres to audition in Cape Town, and it’s reportedly the record for the longest travel to an audition for the show in its 14 years. Leaving his hometiwn of Postmasburg with a strong determination to secure the Golden Ticket, Thato got his foot in! Now part of the Top 16, he hopes to make his mother, a proud cancer survivor, proud.

Yanga Sobetwa (16) – Talk about a girl with a plan! Season 14’s youngest contestant stepped into the Cape Town audition room with the single-minded purpose of leaving with a Golden Ticket. Not only did she succeed in scooping a yes from all four judges, she had already arranged for long-distance studies with her school. Now that’s what we call levels!

Lincoln Lewis (22) already had the judges declare his initial performance the best audition from this season yet. In this competition, you that’s sweet music to the ears. The young man from Ravensmead on the Cape Flats has fought to get to this point and is not about to back out now.

Mthokozo Nqcobo (20)’s connection with music is so deep that he plunged into a depression when he had to choose Accounting over pursuing music at UCT, a decision that was informed by financial reasons. Thankfully, music has continued being a source of much healing for him, giving him a soundtrack of hope through his trepidation. He’s not going to let the opportunity go.

Niyaaz Arendse (22) embodies the essence of never giving up! On his forth attempt to woo the judges and get further in this competition, the Cape Town homeboy is determined to win over Randall, who isn’t feeling him. It has to work, music is his life.

Nosipho Silinda (17) – This teenager from Ladysmith in KZN is all about the creative industry; she wants to build a school for the arts in future. For now, she must get through juggling Idols and her Grade 11 studies…oh, and work on her emotions like Somizi suggested.

Sandile Skosana (26) – Representing Tsakane in Ekurhuleni, Sandile knows the meaning of hard work. He’s already attempted a Masters, is a research scientist and is doing his post graduate certificate in Education. He is also the music director at his church and believes this is the right time for him on Idols.

Ntokozo Makhathini (18) – There must be something in the air in Witbank! Ntokozo comes from the same neighbourhood as previous winner Musa, and bowled over the judges during auditions, resulting in four yeses. She’s passionate about nature and tourism, but for now is taking a gap year to concentrate on Idols.

Mnqobi Dlamini (21) – He came all the way from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to audition in Pretoria. A returnee who got his Golden Ticket during the “mass returnee audition”, his life is about gigs and trying to provide for his family.

Delene Swartz (21) – Unathi called her one of her favourites and couldn’t get enough of her voice. As a vocalist for a working band, it was no surprise when Somizi complimented her on being well prepared and “blessing” them with her voice. She comes from Ennerdale in Jozi.

Basimane Boys Melato aka King B (20) – Big in voice and big in personality, King B’s vosho is sure to become his trademark. The HR student from Kagiso says he is inspired by Miss Universe and is here to soar.

Thando Mngomezulu (19) – She epitomises the saying “dynamite comes in small packages”. However, her crippling lack of confidence has been a talking point among the judges from audition all the way to Top 16. The Media Studies student says she’s always wanted to be in the music business.

Lethabo Ramatsui aka Wattahmelon (18) – Hailing from Attridgeville in Pretoria, the sassy theatre student says she’s obsessed with fruits and loves watermelon especially. She attends the YIT Academy at the State Theatre, where she trains in drama, music and dance.

Zamagambu Memela aka Xae (18) – The Pinetown, Durban, teen is the first in the history of Idols to get a Golden Ticket autographed – by all the judges. And no, it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s still nice. She says winning Idols would make her dreams come true.

Victor Matalane (25) – Originally from River Cross, Limpopo, he auditioned in Johannesburg and was saved by Unathi during Theatre Week. He is a praise and worship singer.

Bongiwe Pearl Mdaka (23) – A boutique sales lady from Melelani in Mpumalanga, Bongiwe once had twelve fingers before she had the extras surgically removed. She prides herself on playing guitar well

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Yanga Wins Idols SA Season 14!

The 17-year-old on Sunday became one of the youngest contestants to bag the title

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The race between Yanga and Thato came to a dazzling conclusion tonight when 17-year-old Yanga snatched victory to become South Africa’s next superstar.

Mzansi collectively held its breath as millions of eyeballs trained on host Proverb, crossing fingers for their favourite to be named the SA Idols Season 14 winner. Yanga, who becomes the second consecutive teenage girl from the Western Cape to win the title after last year’s Paxton, becomes an instant millionaire thanks to a staggeringly awesome prize package that includes a record deal, car and a myriad of other glamorous prizes.

“I can’t put into words how I feel right now, but I can say it in song,” said a shell-shocked Yanga a few seconds after her name was called, before bursting into a gratitude chorus.

Her runner-up, Thato, gave her a warm congratulatory hug and thanked Mzansi for the immerse support. And what support South Africa has shown, with a season record of 142 million votes, surpassing the targeted 100 million that Proverb had set in the beginning of the season.

After gruelling months of sweat, blood and tears, tonight was a two-hour celebration of a great season that saw some of the youngest contestants on the Idols stage in a while.

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Game of Thrones Final Season Set To Premier in April 2019!

The End is Near…

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After months of mounting anticipation – and a whole year of playing around with possible finale plot twists amongst avid fans – the hotly anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones finally has a date!

HBO on Tuesday confirmed that Throners can expect the epic wrap up of the world’s biggest television series in sometime in April, 2019.

HBO accompanied the announcement with an epic promo for the final season, which features some of the most iconic moments in the show’s groundbreaking 7 seasons. While there’s no official word yet on when the show will be airing in South Africa, we know M-Net had previously confirmed they would be airing the final season Express from the US, as usual.

Who’s ready?

 

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Idols SA: Thando Sent Home as Thato and Yanga Sprint To The Finish Line!

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The road to the SA Idols final may have come to an end for Thando, but last night’s live show was more of a celebration than a sad farewell.

The Top 10 made a surprise return to the stage to memorialise the record-breaking 110 million votes garnered over the season so far, with nearly 22 million of those coming in over the past week as Mzansi fans fought to keep their favourites in the competition.

Small in stature and big in voice, Alberton’s pride leaves Idols with a bagful of memories and an amazing experience including a Dubai trip and a newly-recorded single called Wasting Time, which she performed live and is already available on most digital platforms.

Yanga and Thato, who Mzansi chose as their finalists for Season 14, also debuted their first-ever singles tonight.

Yanga received a standing ovation from the audience and two of the judges for her deeply emotive performance of Scars (All Over Me), which left Unathi near-tears and calling her “wonderous”. Somizi was happy that she took his advice last week to “not relax” until the competition is over. Randall told her: “You have chosen to be a winner.”

Thato’s single, Blow By Blow, is an up-tempo breakup tune where he seeks to understand what happened to the love. Somizi didn’t think the song suited him but agreed with the other judges that his energy and performance keep drawing people in and make him one of the most likeable contestants on the show.

Their second performance was preceded by lively entertainment courtesy of the vibrant Tsonga rap princess Sho Madjozi, performing her hit Huku.

When the finalists came back for the Theatre Week song, they blessed Mzansi with even more beautiful music. Yanga sang Heaven by Emeli Sande, and Thato’s song was Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One.

Tonight, the Idols certainly pushed boundaries as they sang three songs each. Their last performance was Song Of The Season, which they felt was their best. Yanga went with Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart by Alicia Keys. Thato chose If by Davido, closing off the last ever voting show of the season.

Unathi surmised Yanga by calling her a blessing to Mzansi. “Thank you for sharing your gift on music with us, and I’m honoured to have been witness to your greatness.” Somizi said he was a happy man and at peace, and Randall told her “You’ve got it!”

Thato was also showered with great compliments. Randall even did a “zaka zaka; whoo shem!” for him, shortly before Somizi bestowed his own upon him. Unathi said: “You make us fall in love with you; that’s your power. Thank you for your gift!”

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