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King Williams Town’s Yiba in Idols top 7


Shining star, Luyolo Yiba.

Luyolo Yiba (24) has made it to the Top 7 of season 15 of South African Idols 2019.


He impressed the judges and the public with an emotional Top 8 performance of I Love You, a song by the late fellow Idols contestant, Thami Shobede.


He later “broke out of his shell” and connected with the audience for his second performance of Green Light by John Legend; leaving the judges and the audience wowed.


He is perceived to be a reserved contestant but after these performances, his fans were in disbelief as he appeared to be very comfortable and not holding anything back.


Comments from the Mzansi Magic YouTube Channel raved about his chances of winning the competition.

“Luyolo’s voice is not of this planet, this is pure talent. This contestant here touches my soul. I pray he reaches the Top 2, he is so humble,” commented Prudence Emkay.


Mendy also commented that she voted 400 times because Yiba deserved every cent after his Top 7 performance. Fey Frank said, “Thami Shobede is watching Idols from heaven smiling for the fact that he left his mark in this world. You did justice to this song man and thank you for that.”


One lucky contestant will take home the grand prize of winning the yearlong Idols SA 2019 competition.


Aside from the title, the prize package includes R1 million in cash, a MateBook, a router and data, a brand-new vehicle, R100 000 in fashion, R80 000 on musical equipment and a record deal with Gallo Record Company.

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