The musical battle lines have been drawn and the voting lines are closed, on Sunday either Noma Khumalo or Thami Shobede will be crowned the winner of Idols SA season 12.
It’s a showdown between the two singers from KwaZulu-Natal – Noma, 22, is from Pietermaritzburg and Thami, 28, is from Mtubatuba.
Days before the final, they both look relaxed and ready for the finale which is on Mzansi Magic on Sunday at 5pm.
For Noma it’s been a whirlwind ride that she says has often swept her off her feet.
“I entered because the children at the school where I teach didn’t want me to hide my talent,” she says.
And as she progressed in the singing competition, she says she became more and more confident.
“It was at the Top 5 stage when I realised: ‘You can do this’, and that’s what I told myself,” she says.
And she had to deal with harsh criticism on social media, about her voice and her body.
“When [judge] Unati called me out, she knew that there was something wrong and it kind of shook me up when she spoke to me after my performance,” says Noma.
Now she has her eyes on the top prize: “No matter what, I want them to see that if you live your passion, anything is possible.”
For Thami its also not been an easy Idols journey, which started when he first entered the competition at age 16.
Last year he was kicked off the show before even reaching the Top 10 stage and when he returned to audition this year, he was labelled: “The Comeback Kid.”
“I’m OK with people calling me that,” he says.
Thami was a full-time musician when he entered the show and he says win or lose on Sunday, this is the start of his professional music career.
“When I sang my single on Sunday, the one I’ve released, I actually cried backstage,” he says.
He says he wants to continue singing Afro Pop music after Idols, which is his musical dream.
Both singers have promised that Sunday is going to be jam-packed entertainment, with special guests and great music.