Blue to share Idols money with Lloyd
Amanda de Lange, Beeld
Johannesburg – A wave of blue joy swept the country on Tuesday night when Elvis Blue (Jan Hoogendyk) was announced the winner of Idols in Johannesburg.
Blue then announced that he would be sharing his R500 000 prize money with his opponent, Lloyd Cele. They had made an arrangement ahead of time that whoever wins would share the prize money with the other one.
Blue lives in George with his wife, Chireze, and their baby daughter Lila. He had more than 20 000 fans on Facebook by Tuesday night.
The young father has spent the past 12 years trying to make a living from music.
Earlier Blue had said that, should he win, he would use the prize money to make sure that his music career gets going properly and that he’ll be able to release CD’s regularly.
“I’m not going to disappear, I’m going to be a good Idol,” he said.
He also hopes to earn enough with his music to support his family. His new song, The things my father said, has been available on the internet since Sunday and will hit the shelves at music outlets this week.
He chose Elvis Blue as his stage name in memory of his friend, Elvis Blaauw, who died of Aids.
Blue left a short message for his fans on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning: “New horizons... Today is the start of something new. My hope is that we will experience it together.
"Thank you to everyone for everything. Your support has truly astounded me. Thank you very much.”
Among other things, he has also won a recording contract, a car and musical instruments.