YANGA Sobetwa has a powerful voice.
The 16-year-old is one of the top 6 contestants on Idols SA.
On Sunday, she performed songs by Zahara and Jennifer Hudson which left the judges and the audience excited.
Judge Somizi was so overwhelmed that he assured her that she would be crowned 2018 SA Idols Winner. Judge Randall Abrahams said he would not go into predicting that she would win this year’s top price, but assured her that she would certainly make it into top 3.
Her family told the SunTeam that her success on Idols SA has made them happy and proud.
Yanga is even an inspiration to her kasi of Delft, near Cape Town.
Yanga’s dad, Ayanda Sobetwa (51), said he was happy with the support his daughter received from people.
“I’m overwhelmed by her success. I used to see these things happening to other people.
“I didn’t know it would happen to me as well. I’m over the moon.”
Yanga’s uncle Mandla Budu, who is the family’s spokesman, said they’ve been urging residents to vote for Yanga.
Three weeks ago, the family and their friends took to the streets of Delft. They were carrying banners and wearing T-shirts with Yanga’s face on them. They urged residents to keep voting for Yanga.
Mandla said they were planning to take to the street again for Yanga.
“To be honest, Yanga shocked us. We supported her to go to Joburg to get exposure, but we didn’t expect her to reach this level.”
Her performances shocked veteran music superstars, Amanda Black and Zahara, who both took to social media to applaud the star and offer their support.
Zahara commented on Twitter about Yanga after she sang her song, Xa Bendingena Mama.
In a short video clip, Zahara said: “Hey Yanga, my sisters just called me right now. They say it’s like you are my younger sister and I’m their older sister. I just want to say keep up the good work.”
— ZAHARA (@ZaharaSA) October 14, 2018
Amanda Black, a former Idols SA contestant herself, was also impressed by Yanga’s performance. She said she couldn’t breathe as the teenager’s performance was so sweet and outstanding.
I’m not gonna lie guys!! I couldn’t breathe!!! Yanga ❤️😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 #IdolsSA
— Amanda Black (@AmandaBlackSA) October 14, 2018
Prior to Yanga’s performance on Sunday evening, fans of the star nearly had a heart attack when their fave was left on stage with Xae waiting for Proverb to announce who received the least votes for the week. Xae’s number came up and she left the show.
Yanga celebrated her narrow escape by giving a show-stopping rendition of Zahara’s Xa Bendingena Mama and closed the show with If This Isn’t Love by Jennifer Hudson, much to the excitement of the whole nation.