Luyolo Yiba wins SA Idols 2019

Luyolo Yiba wins SA Idols 2019

It all started with several thousands of dreams. And nine months later, it has all boiled down to one dream that has come true for one contestant – Luyolo Yiba, SA Idols winner for 2019.

In a tightly-contested competition, Yiba was named the winner of the 15TH season of SA Idols at the Idols finale at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Ekurhuleni, with KwaZulu-Natal’s Sneziey Msomi the runner-up.

The 24-year-old software developer from King William’s Town auditioned in Cape Town, and week after week captured the imagination of Idols fans as the dark horse who progressed to be a true contender for the Idols title, ultimately emerging victorious.

As SA Idols for 2019, Yiba has won a recording deal from Gallo, and also becomes an instant millionaire, with R1m in cash and a Ford Fiesta, among other prizes.

Asked by Proverb how he felt about making it to the finale, he said “I feel great, I really appreciate the spot I’ve been put in.”

The Idols finale was a spectacular affair that pulled out all the stops to showcase this year’s talent, and the exceptional star quality  of 2019’s Top 2 in particular.  The Top 2 performed reminded us once again why they had made it this far, with Yiba performing  Legend’s Green Light, accompanied by the Mzansi Gay Choir, while Msomi performed Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s Burnout.

The two also performed a duet, You are the Reason by Leona Lewis and Calum Scott.

Yiba and Msomi were also reunited with some of our earlier contestants and together they delivered a powerful message of unity in SA as they performed John Legend’s Preach.

Also taking to the stage to support our Top 2 as guest artists were some of SA’s hottest acts, who set the stage on fire with their biggest hits of the season. The audience could not get enough of DJ Zinhle, Samthing Soweto, Boity, Vusi Nova, Sho Majozi and Season 14 SA Idols winner Yanga.

Of course, there were plenty of light moments, one of them being the announcement of that other coveted accolade – The Wooden Mic. This year’s dubious award went to Beatrice from Cape Town, who had tried her best to sing the 2010 World Cup anthem by ShakiraWaka Waka. In the words of Idols executive producer and presenter, Proverb, displayed courage and resilience.

For Yiba, who’s encore for the Idols Season 15 finale was his first single Sunshine Through the Rain, this is the start of a brave new journey as 2019’s SA Idol.

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