Third time’s the charm for 2018 Solo Icon

Solo Icon 2018 winner Simon Kosa

Solo Icon has crowned its 2018 winner Sunday night.

Simon Kosa, 23 from Western and Malaita Province took home the coveted title for the senior category after singing his final song, ‘Somebody to Love’ from Queen.

This was the third time for Mr Kosa to enter the competition. He first participated in 2016 and last year.

Even though he didn’t win then, he never gave up.

“Solo Icon was like a measuring stick for me. I competed against other great singers which allowed me a chance to improve on my singing.

“Each time I entered the competition, I faced new and tougher challenges from my fellow contestants. I competed against some of the best talents here in the country.”

Mr Kosa’s interest in music is different from what other typical young people his age in Solomon Islands are into.

“I am more into classic music. I like Micheal Bolton and Queen.”

Simon and Patrick Paia competed and won the Group category.

In this year’s competition, he sang mostly classic songs.

Kosa also competed in the Group category and won. He sang duets with Patrick Paia.

The young man acknowledged he has a long way to go with his passion in singing and music.

“I still have a lot to learn and along the way I will continue to learn.

“I will release a few singles soon.”

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