A deaf 19 year-old South African Indian hip-hop dancer Darren Rajbal has won South Africa’s Got Talent. The show, which follows the exact format of Britain’s Got Talent, has been going on for the past three months and featured hundreds of contestants looking to be South Africa’s next big thing.
Darren won the prize with his remarkable dance routines that wowed the judges and general public, with his final performance drawing a resounding response from the audience.
The result was a landslide victory, a first time something like this has happened on the show, showing the immense popularity of the performer.
After the win Rajbal used a sign-language interpreter to express how happy he was to win the contest and to thank the people of South Africa for voting for him. Rajbal now plans to start a dancing school for deaf students using part of his winnings.
Revelling in the victory Darren’s mum Sheeren said her son was “an inspiration to deaf people.”
She said, “He won a competition in which everyone was involved and not just deaf people, which makes the feat even more amazing.”
Judge Randall Abrahams also commented on Darren’s win: "We shouldn't even mention the fact that he has a hearing disability. The guy can dance."
It is believed the win could have a big impact on the deaf community, as it will help raise exposure of deaf issues to accomplish more for those hard-of-hearing.