It was youngest versus oldest in the season 14 live finale of Idols on Sunday night.
Ultimately it was Yanga Sebetwa (17) who walked away with the crown in a hugely compelling climax for the reality singing competition that producers this year couldn’t have scripted even if they tried.
This season of the show, produced by [SIC] Entertainment, hauled in record-breaking voting numbers even surpassing the 100 million votes cast in the 13th season.
She joins previous winners Paxton Fieles, Noma Khumalo Karabo Mogane, Vincent Bones, Heinz Winckler, Anke Pietrangeli, Karin Kortje, Jody Williams, Jason Hartman, Sasha-Lee Davids, Dave van Vuuren, Khaya Mthethwa and Musa Sukwene.
Along with being crowned the winner, Yanga also walked away with a prize package worth R1.5m: R1m in cash, a Hauwei MateBook, a router and data from Telkom, a Ford Fiesta Titanium 1lite EcoBoost, R100 000 worth of fashion from Truworths, R80 000 worth of musical equipment and a record deal from Gallo Record Company.
Idols SA has been renewed for a 15th season and auditions will kick off in January 2019.