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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


25-year-old Khaya Mthethwa from Durban has made KZN very proud tonight by becoming the eighth South African to win South African Idols!

Almost 3 million South Africans voted in the past week in the hottest Idols contest in many years.

Even before the big moment when Khaya took the title, the Idols Season 8 FinalĂ© was a spectacular live show, starting with a guest appearance by South Africa’s “zef” rapper Jack Parow. The star-studded show also included a performance by Zakes Bantwini and the guys of the Season 8 Top 10, Toya Delazy with the girls, last season’s winner Dave van Vuuren, and Freshlyground, singing their latest single, Take Me to the Dance.

As the winner of Idols Season 8 Khaya takes home with him a prize package worth almost a million Rand, which includes a recording contract with Universal Music South Africa; R250,000 from Samsung (plus R50,000 worth of Samsung products including a LED TV, a printer, a laptop and a camera); R48,000 airtime and 24 GIGS of data from Vodacom; R250,000 cash from KFC; a Ford Fiesta 1.6 Titanium and a R30,000 fashion voucher from Truworths. He also received a R50,000 voucher for musical equipment from Yamaha plus a Yamaha Waverunner VX700S jet-ski and trailer and a precision-crafted Shure UHF-R Premium wireless microphone system and a PSM®900 personal monitor system.

Khaya will start working on his album with Universal Music within the next couple of weeks and his first single, Move, which he debuted in the Top 2 Spectacular last week, is already getting airplay.

The video for Move can be seen on the official Idols Season 8 website at  and fans can also download it simply by SMSing 'Khaya' to 39006. It costs R15 per full track download and data charges are dependent on specific operator deals. T's&C's apply.

Season 8 of Idols was a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic.