From Substitute Teacher To Idols Winner – Noma Takes The Crown

For the first time in seven seasons, Idols SA crowned a queen as Pietermaritzburg’s Noma Khumalo was named this year’s winner!

Noma Khumalo - Idols 2016 winner
Noma Khumalo – Idols 2016 winner

In a tight race against fellow KZN rival, Thami Shobede, the substitute teacher was announced the ultimate Idol after a record vote that saw over 83 million votes cast throughout Season 12.

Mzansi Magic viewers were treated to a spectacular high-octane showcase. Carnival City’s Big Top Arena reverberated with screams of excitement, loud applause and name chants as the live audience – and TV viewers – were treated to one sensational act after another. There were pyrotechnics, a laser light show and some of the best live music in Mzansi today.

The thrill-a-minute showcase got off to a dazzling start as this season’s Top 10 reunited on stage, performing This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris feat Rihanna. The fireworks continued as AKA blessed the country with an exclusive Idols debut of two new singles, all while standing on top of a grand piano. It doesn’t get any more Super Mega than that!

Romance was the order of the evening as the Top Two performed Afro-soul love jams with local superstars known for their top-charting, heartstring-pulling tracks. Noma paired with Nathi for the track Noma Kanjani, while Thami sang Sobabili with a pearl-draped Kelly Khumalo. The audience delightfully lapped up every single minute of the performances.

More entertainment came in the form Season 11 winner Karabo, Idols judge Unathi who reunited with her kwaito collaborator Zola, the Top 10 again with Beyonce’s Flawless as well as this year’s Wooden Mic winner Mbishop Shezi performing an operatic duet that had the crowd their feet.

The last week of being an Idols SA contestant was anything but relaxed for Noma and Thami. Last week they recorded their singles, and this week shot the videos which were debuted on the show. The highlight for the crowd? Finally seeing Thami with his shirt off!

Before the life changing result was announced, Noma and Thami treated everyone to their last performances as contestants on the stage. Noma was sensational as she covered Mariah Carey’s Without You while Thami brought the house down with Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered, both accompanied by the reigning winners of Clash of The Choirs.

Noma Khumalo - Idols 2016 winner

After Noma was announced the winner, she treated viewers and audiences to her single Want It to Fell Like It Did with You as confetti rained down on her.

This was, undoubtedly, the best Idols SA season so far! See you next year!

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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

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