Karabo crowned ‘Idols SA’ winner

TOP OF THE POPS: Karabo Mogane celebrates with ‘Idols SA’ finalists as he is crowned the winner of season 11. Picture: COBUS BODENSTEIN
TOP OF THE POPS: Karabo Mogane celebrates with ‘Idols SA’ finalists as he is crowned the winner of season 11. Picture: COBUS BODENSTEIN

Mbombela youth comes out tops in season 11 finale

JOHANNESBURG’S throat lozenge sales are likely to boom after the Idols SA season finale at which Karabo Mogane was announced as the winner of season 11, having secured the bulk of 16 million votes.

As the excited live audience filled the Carnival City auditorium last night, the ground vibrated each time the Idols contestants took to the stage.

Ultimately, 24-year-old Karabo was crowned the winner and walked away with a prize worth about R1.2-million, a recording contract with Universal Music Africa.

Karabo will also be in the audience at the spectacular live American Idol final in the US next year.

But it was judge Somizi “SomGAGA” Mhlongo who was the performer of the night with his performance of Black Coffee and Nakhane Toure’s We Dance Again.

With his back-up dancers and killer choreography, it was an award-winning performance.

Making it the ultimate finale was the top 10’s powerful opening performance, as well as Mmatema Moremi’s and Karabo’s respective duets with Micasa’s J’ Something and Judith Sepuma.

Between the fireworks, the smoke and the dancers, it was evident that this year’s season was the best, leading many to wonder “what was Idols before Somizi?”

But the night ultimately belonged to Karabo, from Mbombela in Mpumalanga, who consistently left the audience with goosebumps.

However, there is no denying Mmatema is a great performer and epitomises perseverance, as this was her third attempt at the competition.

Silvia Mogane, Karabo’s mother, remembers how her son used to love singing Barry White’s Practice What You Preach.

“When I was going through a traumatic time, I remember one day he walked past and sang a Zulu song and that’s when I knew my boy could sing – and he was only six years old,” Silvia said.

The families, dressed in red in support of Karabo and yellow for Mmatema, were emotional and stood in awe of the two throughout their rendition of Beyonce’s I Was Here.

Tirelo Moremi, Mmatema’s sister, said it was amazing for the family to see her on stage.

She remembers the first time she realised her sister could sing when she was in primary school and sang Brenda Fassie’s Black President.

She said of the road from Zebediela to national fame: “We always thought it would never happen for someone coming from rural Limpopo, and so seeing her on stage is a dream come true.”

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