Yanga Sobetwa (17) from Leiden in Delft told TygerBurger she can’t believe she is finally living her dream as she has made it to the Idols Season 14 top 10.
The Rhodes High learner, who is the youngest contestant on the show, said her dream has always been to release an album, and now she is able to use Idols as a platform to start her lifelong dream.
“I’ve always watched Idols and dreamed of being part of the competition. My passion for music and singing started in grade 4 when I entered a competition and by the grade of God I won.”
She has explained that through her music, and hopefully her album, she aims to reach out to teenagers and serve as an inspiration to them.
Yanga, who is the second eldest of three daughters, has described the Idols journey as “tiring, but very exciting. It’s more exciting than it is tiring.”
“The journey has been a very humbling one and I’ve learned so much along the way.”
When asked about how she manages her schooling as she is a grade 11 learner, she explained that arrangements were made with the school principal.
“I made arrangements with the principal because I don’ intend to drop out of school. I’m very passionate about my studies. Should I win the competition, I’ll consider homeschooling.”
Yanga explained what the day in the life of an Idols contestant is like: “I wake up, pray and than God for the day. Then we have breakfast and thereafter we have vocal coaching, choreography, cardio and sometimes we have photo shoots.”
While improving her vocals, Yanga said she seeks to improve her skills in piano playing. “Three years ago she joined the Yogim Movement which is a Khayelitsha based movement. This is where I learned how to harmonise and blend, I was basically taught the skill of music.”
She said she believes her best performance was when she sang ‘Don’t You Remember’ during her top 16 performance.
“The best comment I received from the judges is that of sis’ Unathi who told me that I take the crowd on an emotional journey when I sing.”
In an emotional response, Yanga said being the top 10 feels surreal for her: “I still can’t believe I’m here. I still don’t believe I’m experiencing this.”
Communication with her parents and sisters happens on a daily basis: “I love video calling.”
As the youngest contestant on the show, Yanga said she is often referred to as the baby of the house. “My housemates (Idols contestants) would often tease me, but we’re like a real family. We are very strong. When one of us is feeling down, we confide in each. There is a very strong support system amongst us.”
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