Here’s your Idols SA season 15 WINNER – what they won, and how you could be next!

The victor of Idols SA Season 15 - Luyolo Yiba. (Image: Gallo Images)
The victor of Idols SA Season 15 - Luyolo Yiba. (Image: Gallo Images)

The battle is done, the votes have been counted and the victor has been crowned! Luyolo Yiba has taken home the ultimate title of South Africa’s Season 15 Idols winner!  

In an epic finale showdown featuring incredible guest performances from Season 14 winner Yanga Sobetwa, global hitmaker Sho Madjozi, DJ Zinhle, Vusi Nova, Samthing Soweto, and Boity.

But, after an epic showdown it was Luyolo who won over the crowd, the judges and the viewers and walked away with the title and some incredible prizes!  

While Sneziey's Idol journey may be over, it isn't the end for her and we can’t wait to see how she takes over the music industry with her commanding vocals. You can relive her best moments on the show again here.

The top 3 have all released fresh new singles to keep you dancing and grooving through this summer! 

Take a listen to the three singles below:

Luyolo Yiba's Single: 

Revel in Luyolo's victory by playing his chart topping hitSunshine Through The Rain, on repeat in celebration. Watch the official music video for his single below: 


Sneziey Msomi's Single: 

Take pride in the undeniable vocal prowess of our other favourite Idol, Sneziey may not have won this competition, but this is just the beginning of her story. Listen to her debut single, Kungumusa, below: 

Micayla’s Single:  

Coming third in SA’s biggest singing competition is anything but Tragic - but you can enjoy her single Tragic below: 

The winnings:

So, what does the lucky winner of Idols SA get, aside from a professionally recorded single? 

Well, Luyolo also walks away with the following prizes:

- R350 000 in cash from Telkom

- A brand-new Huawei GT smart watch

- A Huawei, Mediapad, M5 Lite tablet computer 

- A Huawei WIFI router

- 20GB of Telkom data pre-loaded

- An additional R350 000 in cash from Mzansi Magic

- A brand-new Ford Fiesta

- Another R300 000 in cash placed in an Old Mutual Money Account

- A R100 000 fashion voucher from Truworths

- R80 000's worth of musical equipment from Yamaha

- As well as a coveted recording deal with Gallo Records 

But the winnings don’t just end there – the runner-up, in this case Sneziey, gets some exciting prizes too, namely:

- R50 000 in cash from Telkom

- A Huawei Mediapad T5 tablet computer

- 5GB of Telkom, FreeMe data pre-loaded

- An additional R50 000 cash placed in an Old Mutual Money Account

- From Truworths they receive R50 000's in fashion vouchers and clothing from the show 

- And R30 000's worth of musical equipment from Yamaha 

These luxurious gifts it all on top of an existing win of R50 000 in prizes that the entire group from the Top 10 received. 

So, how can you stand the chance at getting in on this prize-dense action? 

Warm up your vocals and keep a keen eye out for the 2020 auditions near you. 

Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking about auditioning for the show:

- Auditions usually take place early each year – and the dates for 2020 have been set. Auditions will be kicking off in Cape Town on 1 February before heading to Pretoria on 15 February, Durban on 22 February and Johannesburg on 7 March. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Idols SA social media pages or on Mzansi Magic’s site for when they announce the official audition venues

- There’s no pre-registration – registration takes place at the venue – so it’s best to arrive early to avoid missing your shot

- Telkom hosts pop-up auditions, so, if you find you’re unable to make it to one of the official venues or live too far out from the 4 venue cities, you can still shoot your shot at one of the Telkom pop-up auditions stands.  

What are some of the dos and don’ts for your audition?

Channel24 previously shared some tips on how to help refine your audition prep and have you ready to go to wow the judges.

- Don’t forget the lyrics of your chosen song

- A cover is a safe bet – try to keep your original songs for later in the show

- Keep it simple – try not to over-sing and focus on keeping your voice consistent and within your comfortable range

- Don’t flirt with the judges – be open and friendly, but it’s important to respect their boundaries the same as you would any other person

- Avoid playing an instrument if you’re prone to nerves or aren’t too confident in playing it 

Some additional tips to remember:

- Remember to breathe – breath control is not only vital to help with your vocal stability, but can also help soothe rattled nerves ahead of your song

- Song choice is important, there’s a reason Idol legend Simon Cowell emphasises this to contestants. Choosing the right song will majorly impact how your voice is received. Knowing your voice and its strengths as well as weaknesses will help you in knowing which genre will fit it best. Ask those around you for constructive feedback on your song choice ahead of time. 

Now that you know what you could win and how to effectively prep for your chance at stardom – it's time to get to work and get those vocals primed for audition season coming soon in 2020. 

This post is sponsored by Ford FIGO produced by Brandstudio24 for Channel24.

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