Idols SA season 15 finale: Here's how it went down

2019-11-17 16:45

A minute-by-minute update of the live broadcast of the 'Idols SA' season 15 finale in Johannesburg.

'Idols SA' winner Luyolo Yiba.

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Last Updated at 23:09
17 Nov 19:34

'Idols SA' season 15 winner crowned

Cape Town - After a gruelling competition and over 186 million votes cast the winner of Idols SA season 15 has been announced. The grand finale took place at Carnival City where Luyolo Yiba was crowned as the winner during a spectacular live show. Missed our EPIC #IdolsSA finale or #IdolsLuyolo's winning moment?

17 Nov 19:09

And it's a wrap. 

See you for season 16!

17 Nov 19:05

Congratulations Luyolo!

17 Nov 18:55

The 24-year-old from Buffalo River was one of only two men to make it through to the top 10 and is the first male winner in three years.

17 Nov 18:54

Luyolo Yiba has been crowned the winner of Idols SA season 15!

17 Nov 18:53

186 million votes were cast this season.


17 Nov 18:52

Over 36 million votes were cast this week!

Well done, South Africa. 

17 Nov 18:51

One of the performances of the night right here. 

17 Nov 18:51

One of the performances of the night right here. 

17 Nov 18:49

Dim the lights, cue the music... let's go to an ad break. 

17 Nov 18:49

In just a few minutes the winner will be announced. 

17 Nov 18:46

That duet by the top 2 was so heartwarming. 

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17 Nov 18:40

We're international baby!

17 Nov 18:38

The winner will walk away with the title, a recording deal with Gallo and over R1.5 million in prizes. 

From Telkom: R350 000 in cash, a Huawei, GT smart watch, a Huawei, Mediapad, M5 Lite tablet computer, a Huawei Wi-fi routerand 20GB of Telkom data pre-loaded.

From Mzansi Magic: R350 000 in cash.

From Ford: A brand-new Ford Fiesta 1.0L Ecoboost.

From Old Mutual: R300 000 cash in an Old Mutual Money Account.

From Truworths: A R100 fashion voucher.

From Yamaha: R80 000's worth of musical equipment.

17 Nov 18:33

It's not only the winner who walks away with prizes.

The runner-up also takes home an awesome prize package of R180 000 worth of prizes.

From Telkom: R50 000 in cash, a Huawei Mediapad T5 tablet computer, 5GB of Telkom and FreeMe data pre-loaded.

From Truworths: R50 000 is fashion vouchers and clothing from the show.

From Yamaha: R30 000 worth of musical equipment. 

17 Nov 18:25

This was such a beautiful performance by Vusi Nova and the finalists. 

17 Nov 18:16

Last year's winner Yanga is jetting off to Sweden soon. 

17 Nov 18:15

Warm up you vocal chords and start practising your audition song. 


Cape Town - 1 February 2020

Pretoria - 15 February 2020

Durban - 22 February 2020

Johannesburg - 7 March

17 Nov 18:08

We'll just leave this here...

17 Nov 18:04

Idols SA has been renewed for a 16th season!

Auditions will kick off in Cape Town on 1 February.

17 Nov 17:56

Here's what went down behind-the-scenes of Luyolo’s music video.

17 Nov 17:54

Here's what went down behind-the-scenes of Sneziey’s music video.

17 Nov 17:48

Luyolo's single is number 2 on iTunes.

Watch the official music video for, Sunshine Through the Rain

17 Nov 17:46

Sjoe! Luyolo didn't come to play tonight what a performance. 

We're sure John Legend would approve (maybe he can be the opening act next time John comes).

17 Nov 17:44

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17 Nov 17:36

Sneziey has the number 1 single on iTunes. 

Watch the official music video for her gospel hit, Kungumusa.

17 Nov 17:33

How hot was that Umlilo performance. 

17 Nov 17:30

In case you're wondering where Viggy and Virginia are. 

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17 Nov 17:25

And this year's wooden mic winner is Beatrice. 

17 Nov 17:22

Another look at Somizi's train that was escorted in ...

17 Nov 17:11

A young throwback to the finalists performance. What a beautiful message this song is. 

17 Nov 17:10

Somizi sure does know how to make an entrance.

Wooooo shem!

17 Nov 17:10

The finalists have some heartfelt well-wishes for the last two standing.

17 Nov 17:07

We are in for a treat tonight with a host of South African stars set to perform.

Last year's winner Yanga, Sho Madjozi, DJ Zinhle, Vusi Nova, Samthing Soweto, and Boity will all hit the stage tonight. 

17 Nov 17:02

What a powerful opening by the top 10 contestants. 

17 Nov 16:57

Get to know Sneziey here:

17 Nov 16:56

Get to know Luyolo here:

17 Nov 16:51

In case you haven't been following the entire season meet the top 2 Luyolo Yiba and Sneziey Msomi.

17 Nov 16:46

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Join us as we watch the grand finale of Idols SA season 15.

We give you minute-to-minute updates of all the action as it happens. 

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