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.