Durban Has Done It Again And Produced Another Winner In One Of The Most Popular Reality Shows In South Africa. Idols SA Announced Durbanite Vincent Bones As The Winner Last Night!!
Vincent Bones, who was born in Pietermaritzburg, won the heart of millions when he first auditioned, was announced the winner of 10th season of South African Idols last night. The most heart warming and literal story of rags to riches, Vincent was at one stage homeless and roaming the streets of Pretoria. Living on scraps of thrown food, sometimes desperately eating even orange peels for food, he will now not only be able to buy himself a home but his family a home as well.
Having pulled in a record breaking 24.3 million votes, Vincent was the winner without an doubts. His tragic story of how he became a street child after the passing of his mom and uncle, coupled with his talent and soulful voice was the winning combination for him. He eventually broke away from the street life, going to Boys Town, where him and his talent was nurtured into the ability to provide a living for him.
“Sleeping in the streets is scary at first. It’s a challenge you get used to,” he said. “I believe what I went through in life, is enough to carry my character,” he said about entering Idols. Bones who can play piano, drums, base and saxophone, was a favorite from the second episode when he first appeared and won the judges over.
“I was probably the most nervous person throughout the season,” said Bones. “The best thing I can say is to believe in yourself a little bit. If you know your talent, that will help you, because if you come to a show like Idols you need to make sure that you work on your confidence a little bit. I was terrified from the first day. After making it to the Top 16 I was a mess. It’s a singing competition but you need to be a confident person as well,” were his words.
He Wants To Buy A House
His prize package is more than R800 000 which includes a recording contract with Universal Music Africa. He has great plans to improve many lives with that package. “The first thing I need is a house. That’s one of the only things at the moment right now in my mind, so that I can get a stable place for my family,” he said on Sunday night.
“For me it’s a big moment. For me being the winner, it’s going to sink in later. I didn’t even believe I’m going to make it through the first audition,” said the slightly overwhelmed winner last night.
Durban, of course is no stranger to having it’s talented people winning. Previous Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa also hails from Durban, as well as season 1 and 2 winners of MasterChef SA, Dheena Naidoo and Kamini Pather and Idols runner up Lloyd Cele.
Well done Vincent. We wish you all the best for your future successes. We are sure there will be plenty!
*information sourced from www.news24.com