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Paxton wins SA Idols season 13

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South Africa Idols Season 13 ended last night on a magical note with Paxton Fielies, 17, from Bishop Lavis in the Western Cape emerging the winner.


Taking the last performance at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena where the finals were staged, Paxton battled it out against Mthokozisi Ndaba, 25, from KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal on what could be described as a ‘perfect setting for a final showdown.’

After months of battling it out in a bruising contest that started with thousands of hopefuls, Paxton and Mthokozisi showed the country just why they were the last two standing.

Accompanied by the multi award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, Paxton performed Stand Up for Love by Destiny’s Child and Mthokozisi sang R. Kelly’s The Storm Is Over. They also collaborated on a remix of Back to the Beach by Kyle Deutsch and Shekinah.

But before the nail-biting announcement of the Season 13 winner, Idols SA put on a dazzling showcase of home-grown talent that saw the stage feature one formidable act after the other.

This season’s Top 10 opened the two-hour display of showmanship with a high-octane performance of Four Five Seconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

The pageantry continued with special medleys and mixes featuring DJ Tira & Destruction Boys, Tipcee, Naak Musiq, Madness, Season 12 winner Noma, judge Somizi and Heavy K, Kwesta, TLT, ChianoSky, and KidX.

Season 13 vocal coach Donald gave the audience and viewers a taste of his Red Mic Experience when he took to the stage to perform Landela, featuring the Top 10.

There was also a touch of nostalgia courtesy of Boom Shaka and TKZee, who performed a medley of their cool kwaito hits that had the full-capacity audience on their feet.

This was also the season of record breaking votes, with 98 million votes recorded for Season 13, while staggering 30 million-plus votes were cast in the last week for the Top Two.


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