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Gospel according to idol Yanga

"I hope to remain grounded and focus on the main goal. It's about the music," she says adding that she has put her winnings on hold and does not plan to spend the R1m any time soon.

The youngest contestant in season 14 says she was inspired to enter by Loyis Gijana, who was a contestant in 2015. He was also 16 at the time. "I was literally counting the days to when I turned 16 so I could enter."

Although the grade 11 pupil tried to keep up with her school work through distance learning, due to the demanding rehearsing schedule, she could not keep up with her studies in the end. But she says everything is not lost as she will make up for it through progressive tests to be able to progress to grade 12 next year.

"My school, Rhodes High, was very supportive throughout this journey. And I need to focus next year because I'm passionate about studying the entertainment law and furthering my music beyond matric," she says.

"I also want to do a motivational talks, I want to be able to establish my own music academy so I can give back to young people who are talented. I have to get into the Juilliard Music School, which is like the best musical school ever!" The iconic institution is in New York.

Passionate about many things, succeeding in the gospel genre is by far its main goal.

"I started writing music many years ago. So material for the album is not an issue. I also sang [as a] back-up so I knew I could do this Idols journey. I chose to do gospel pop because it's the perfect platform to reach the youth. It does not have to be boring. "

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