IT was a showdown between two young men from Mpumalanga but last night, Musa Sukwene, 26, of Witbank was named the winner of this year’s Idols in a closely contested competition.
More than two million votes for the final two were counted, with the emotional Sukwene winning by 1000 votes.
Sukwene and Brenden Ledwaba battled it out for South Africa’s votes for the last time on Sunday night during the Top2 Spectacular at the 6000-seater Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria.
The highlight of the evening was when the pair performed their individual brand-new singles for the first time.
Judge Unathi Msenga said Brenden’s new single Fingerprints was “catchy, funky pop but there’s a big soulful element to it”.
She found Musa’s single I Still Feel It refreshing. Brenden stole the hearts of many from his first audition where he showed off his piano-playing skills while singing Miguel’s Adorn. “I’ve dreamt about holding that golden ticket in my hand,” he said.
“That would be good for me; that would be good for my family. I want to bring back something to my mom and show her what I have accomplished.”
He impressed all three judges and was on his way to Sun City and continued to wow fans throughout the show.
Musa, who auditioned in Johannesburg with Maxwell’s bitter-sweet love song Pretty Wings, blew judges Msengana and Gareth Cliff away with his honest rendition of the song.
Randall Abrahams, considered the show’s toughest judge, said of Musa: “I always like amateur singers with talent because they can be moulded in a direction.”
Winner Sukwene walked away with more than R1-million in prizes, including a Ford Fiesta, and a recording deal with Universal Music.