18-year-old Kenyan Wanyonyi wins Sweden's The Idol singing competition

Kenya's Cimberly Wanyonyi wins Sweden's The Idol singing competition

18 year old Kenyan-Swedish Idol 2023 winner Cimberly Wanyonyi
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Another major win for Kenya as sensational vocalist Cimberly Wanyonyi wins the 19th series of the televised singing competition Swedish Idol!

18-year-old Cimberly won the 2023 Swedish Idol which was held at the Avicii Arena, johanneshov Sweden.


Sharing the exciting news on her Instagram page the teen noted she was still in shock at the fact that she had clenched first position.

"I don't even know where to start. I've spent all day trying to grasp what happened yesterday. 

Last night my life changed forever. About exactly 24 hours ago I stood and sang in Avicii Arena. Just something like this I thought would never happen. And now I have won?! This is absolutely insane. Can't believe it. ," started off the elated singer.


Cimberly went on to highlight how grateful she was to have had the chance to chase after her dream and emerge victorious amidst it all. She went on to recall the first moment she was on stage auditioning for Swedish Idol noting how surreal everything felt at this very moment.

Sweden's Idol 2023 winner

"I'm struggling with formulating this text because I don't know how to put into words how grateful I am for what I've been through.

This journey, which started almost as crazy as it ended. I wrote at the beginning of the text that my life changed forever last night, that's a little wrong to say maybe. Because my life changed the day I stepped into my audition and fought to stand there. There I started to shape my future. Therefore, it does not matter if the trip in idol lasts a week or 2 months. The courage you build from being in an idol is something you can carry with you all your life," added Cimberly. 

Finishing up she went on to thank her team, her judges and literary everyone else who in one way of the other had supported her journey and helped make her dream come true.

"THANK YOU! To all the nice messages, everyone who voted and all of you who supported. Not just my family and friends and my town, people who don't even know me have seen how much this means to me.

Thank you for letting me be myself, and that you have liked me for who I am, there is no nicer response to get than that. You have been there during some of the happiest and heaviest weeks of my life. I have so much love for you ❤️

Cimberly (left) alongside fellow Sweden's The Idol contestant Saga (right)
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THANK YOU! to everyone I met along the way of the journey, everyone from the jury, to participants, to every single one of you who works to make the program the magic it is. You are a newfound family, that will forever mean the world to me.

Couldn't have done this without you guys. Feels sad that autumn is coming to an end, but I know we will meet again one way or another. ❤️And thank you Saga! You are something absolutely amazing, and I can't wait to see you shine like the star that you are. Thanks for letting me share the final with you ❤️❤️❤️Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you out there .Now something brand new begins ✨," the last of the teen Idol's post read.

Interestingly Cimberly almost missed being in this years show. She arrived late to the auditions and found the doors shut but luckily fate was on her side.  

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