Top 5: Thando, Niyaaz, Yanga, Thato and King B are in the running for the top prize.

DURBAN - The remaining five contestants in the 2018 season of the competition said they were proud to make it into the Top 5.

At the weekend, Ladysmith songbird Nosipho Silinda was voted out after receiving the fewest votes. She was the last remaining KZN contestant after Pinetown’s Zama ‘Xae’ Memela and Umlazi’s Mthokozisi Ngcobo were voted out in previous rounds.

The remaining five contestants all hope to claim victory on November 18 when the winner is announced at Carnival City.

Speaking to Isolezwe, Thato Makape, 24, who is coincidentally the oldest remaining contestant, said he was proud to have made it this far.

“Thank you to everyone for showing me love and voting for me, if it wasn’t for your votes I would not be where I am in the competition, thank you so much,” he said.

THATO MAKAPE

The Pretoria-born King B said it was a life changing experience to be on Idols.

“I am really happy, I will not change anything going forward and I plead with people to carry on voting for me,” he said.

Thando Mngomezulu of Alberton said facing social media criticism and harsh comments from the judges helped her.

“And the support I have from many different people has also helped me, I aim to sing more local songs going forward,” she said.

Cape Town’s Niyaaz Arendse said he did not think he would make it this far.

NIYAAZ ARENDSE

“Not changing who I am has helped me, and also listening to the judges has helped me. The vocal coaches on Idols who help us with our song selections have also been helpful,” he said.

Yanga Sobetwa, 16, this season’s youngest contestant,

“I love singing with all my heart, but I am deeply humbled by making it thus far. I promise to work hard and please the fans who continue to show me love and support,” she said.

YANGA SOBETWA

Meanwhile, Silinda, who was voted out this past weekend - said she had done all that she could in the competition.

“I had a feeling that I was on my way out, that is why I did not cry, but with that said, I want to say thank you to everyone for the experience,” she said.

She said she would continue to pursue her studies and her music passion concurrently.

Sunday Tribune