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Saturday, 04 November 2023 22:25

Thabo from eMalahleni crowned Idols SA Season 19 winner.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Thabo Ndlovu (27) from Witbank in Mpumalanga, was crowned the winner of the nineteenth and final season of South African Idols.

The grand finale took place on Saturday night, 4 November at Mosiaék in Fairland, Johannesburg.

The show had jam-packed guest performances from Rapper Cassper Nyovest, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Vusi Nova, PJ Morton and one of the Judges Somizi also gave a performance.

Ndlovu and Princess McDonald (24), both representing Mpumalanga, were the last two standing.

Ndlovu walk away with a whopping R1 million in cash, a record deal from JR's FeelGood Music, a brand new Toyota Vitz courtesy of Toyota, fashion vouchers and their entire Idols SA wardrobe courtesy of Truworths and more.

Ndlovu said, he was grateful and thankful to be voted the winner.

He said, "the best advice he received during the show which kept him going, was to be authentic to himself, and to pray."

Ndlovu was bullied in high school because of how he sounded when he spoke. He then decided to see his voice as a gift to be embraced.

Idol's judge JR said they will not just be signing Thabo to his record label but also Faith and Princess.

"We are excited and our big thing is that we decided to exercise our right to kind of take up all three," he said.

"This season has shown the resilience and incredible talent that our country has to offer. Idols SA has been a platform of empowerment, not just for the contestants but for our viewers as well. We've laughed, we've cried, and we've been connected through music. As we lower the curtain on this memorable 19-season journey, we are proud to have partnered with SIC Entertainment to provide the stage for dreams to come true. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for a partnership that has made this show a success," says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

The Idols SA title has been won by Witbank singers twice- Zama Khumalo took it in 2020 while Musa Sukwene walked away with the title in 2013. Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit also did it for the Mpumalanga province in 2015.