Cape Town’s last man standing in Idols SA this year says he’s ready to bring the title back to the Kaap.
Tebogo Louw, 24, has made the Top 9 of the popular singing contest on Mzansi Magic and he says it’s because he’s never given up on his dream of stardom.
This was the third time the Stellenbosch musician has entered the show and he is so determined to succeed he hasn’t had time to stop and think about his achievements so far.
“This is the first time I actually think about it. Yes! I am the last Cape Town singer,” he tells the Daily Voice.
Tebogo has been hard at work this week preparing for the Top 8 live show on Sunday and he says he can’t afford to be distracted.
“I’m not even really focused on the other singers,” he says.
“Really I’m taking it one song at a time. I’m doing the best I can with the songs I’m singing because I want to prove that no matter what, I’m going to be a successful artist after the show,” says Tebogo.
And his fighting spirit is the ultimate motivation because he only has his dad supporting him in Gauteng, while the rest of his family is cheering from home in Stellenbosch.
“My dad is at the show every Sunday, and last week was the first time my mom was able to come and watch,” he says.
Tebogo believes Idols SA is the perfect stepping stone to launch his career in the entertainment industry.
The bluesy RnB singer is also becoming comfortable playing guitar on stage.
Last week he sang his version of Black Coffee’s Superman and the week before that performed Jodeci’s Lately.
He’s also keen to get into acting and modelling and “win or lose, I think I’ll keep working in Johannesburg.”
“The support I am getting from Cape Town fans is great. I see all the messages on Twitter, Facebook and WeChat,” says Tebogo.
His last message to Cape Town fans is a simple one: “There’s a lot of talent in Cape Town and people need to come out of their shells and take the risk.”
Idols SA is on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161, on Sundays at 5pm.