Cheers, prayers greet Bones’s ‘Idols’ win

2014-11-24 00:00

FROM a street kid to South Africa’s idol. Pietermaritzburg’s own singing ­superstar, Vincent Bones, reigned ­supreme last night, winning Idols SA ­season 10 in a star-studded finale.

The Carnival City auditorium in ­Johannesburg erupted in loud cheers, screams and prayers from adoring fans when Bones triumphed, defeating the charismatic Bongi Silinda from ­Mpumalanga.

Bones’s wife, Jillian, could be seen ­raising her hands in prayer while ­#TeamVincent, decked out in official white apparel, chanted his name and gave him a well-deserved standing ovation.

After more than 4,5 million votes were cast, fans ruled that Bones, who reduced millions of people to tears when he told his touching story, deserved the crown.

“As I’m a family man, I want to buy a house and that is the only thing on my mind right now. I need a stable place with my family,” said Bones, who spent time on the streets after his parents died when he was 17.

“Being the winner hasn’t sunk in. It will when time goes on. I came to Idols with a plan, but never thought I’d be where I am. Now that plan needs to be executed and I’ll continue doing good music.

“Thank you, South Africa!”

Apart from the coveted title, the 30-year-old won R700 000 cash, a sports car, and a contract with Universal Music Africa.

It was evident that Bones was still shocked when he closed the show with his newly-released sultry single Let me Love, which is already burning up the ­airwaves.

Silinda said, “God put me here for a purpose and that kept me going in the competition. I enjoyed myself and learnt a lot. Congratulations to Vincent. He is deserving.”

Managing director at Universal, ­Randall Abrahams, said, “We have two incredibly talented singers with mature voices who are able to cover a large ­spectrum of music.

“They both have bright careers ahead of them. We look forward to working with Vincent on his album.”

All previous voting records were ­shattered as the total number of votes this year amounted to close to 25 million compared to last year’s 7,2 million.

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