IDOLS SA Season 14 had the youngest contestants in the history of the show. This year’s top two finalists, Yanga Sobetwa and Thato Makape, went head to head in the finale and Yanga came out tops.
The 17-year-old has big plans for herself and the industry. She makes it clear that she will pursue a career in gospel despite winning a pop music competition. She also shares with Move! what she intends to do with her R1-million cash prize.
A DESERVING WINNER
The star, who is excited and has graciously accepted her win, says, “I don’t deserve to be here. I did nothing to deserve to be here. But I feel really blessed and privileged to have people that feel I deserve to be here.”
Even though Idols is a pop show, Yanga says her calling is in the gospel genre. “I’ve always had a vision to bring teenagers closer to God through music and because it has been my vision before Idols, it doesn’t have to change now,” she says. “So, it’s going to be vibey gospel with a touch of pop. I’m bringing my vision to completion through His grace.”
A TOUGH COMPETITION
Yanga has given it her all throughout the show and was often compared to musician, Zahara, because of her appearance and vocals. During the top six episode, she wowed the crowd when she sang Zahara's song, Xa Bendino Mama.
One of the highlights of the show must be when Yanga perfected Alicia Key’s Sleeping with a Broken Heart. Idols judge, Somizi Mhlongo, joined the singer on stage, mopped the stage with his expensive designer jacket and then used it as a mat for Yanga to stand on. “It is humbling to have received a standing ovation from the crowd. I was surprised and happy when Somizi asked me to stand on his jacket,” she laughs.
The support that Yanga's parents also gave her, helped her outperform herself week after week. Yanga describes herself as a book worm and says she will be going back to school. “I have so many things that I want to fulfil, such as studying entertainment law,” she says.
She also dreams of one day getting a PhD in music, opening her own production company and a music academy. “For now, I plan to invest the cash prize money for about a year and live off the interest and sponsorships,” she says.