Idols winner thanks pupils

Idols winner thanks pupils

INSPIRED: Idols star and teacher Noma Khumalo

Noma: I don’t think there’s a gift big enough I can give them.

Idols winner Noma Khumalo says she’d love to throw the biggest class party for the school kids who encouraged her to audition for the show.

The Pietermaritzburg student teacher beat Thami Shobede, 28, from Mtubatuba, KZN, in the public vote to become the season 12 winner and the first female Idols winner in seven years on Sunday night.

The songstress says if it weren’t for her pupils, she’d probably not have entered: “I don’t think there’s a gift big enough I can give them.

“I’d like to fly home, jump off the plane, go straight to them at school and then to my family.”

It’s this energetic spirit Noma hopes will also be the reason she breaks the so-called “Idols winner curse”.

In the 12 year history of the show, Idols SA winners have struggled to stay on the music charts while some of them have disappeared from the music scene completely.

Noma says: “I’m not there to compete with anyone or any musician. There are things I aim to do and I want to push myself and see what Noma can do.”

She now plans to give “100 percent” to her singing career, while putting her teaching studies on ice.

“I have to finish my studies, but I will put that on hold for now.”

“Teaching is something I can still do in the future but for now I want to focus on my music career,” says Noma.

Noma not only won a recording contract with Gallo Music, but also a prize package worth R1.2 million.

Meanwhile, the dates for the auditions for Season 13 of Idols SA has already been confirmed. Cape Town singers can prepare themselves for Saturday, 14 January 2017.

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