In an emotional climax to Idols SA's farewell season, Thabo was announced as the final victor of the show, marking the end of an era for Mzansi's longest-running talent search show. After electrifying audiences for 19 seasons, the stage of Mosaïek Teatro in Johannesburg saw its last notes echoed by the undeniable talent of the final contestants.
At 26, the Witbank-born singer has shown that embracing one's true self can lead to greatness. From sharing stages with gospel icons to now holding the title of the last South African Idol, Thabo's journey has been one of courage, faith, and unyielding talent. His final performances, including the soulful A Thousand Years, the powerful Lakutshon Ilanga and now his first single iSlungu , not only won him the title but the hearts of fans.
"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.
With the haunting rendition of Queen's The Show Must Go On performed by Thabo and Princess alongside the top 10 contestants, Idols SA has not just concluded a season, it has also ended an era.
The finale was nothing short of a festival, with show-stopping performances by artists including Cassper Nyovest, PJ Morton, and the legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuza. A highlight of the night was Somizi's performance of Pharrell Williams' Happy.
The judging trio, Somizi, Thembi Seete, and JR Bogopa, provided their expert guidance for one last time as supporting acts, energising the room with interactions that have been the show's hallmark.
In a fitting tribute to the Wooden Mic contestants, a collective known for their heart and dedication despite not making it past auditions, Idols SA said goodbye with a touching tribute. Bhortee, the Wooden Mic winner for season 19, and other memorable contestants – Skaqakaqa, Mbefu, Rugene, Moemish and Mbishop – delivered a passionate rendition of Andrea Bocelli's Time to Say Goodbye.
While Idols SA may have concluded, fans can relive the magic of season 19 on DStv Stream, as well as enjoying clips on Mzansi Magic’s official YouTube channel.
It’s been a season of dreams realised and talents discovered, all located within the heart of Mzansi's entertainment.