Idols South Africa (season 15)

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The fifteenth season of South African Idols premiered on July 7, 2019, 17:30 SAST and concluded on November 17 2019 on the Mzansi Magic television network. The season was won by Luyolo Yiba and the runner-up was Sneziey Msomi.

ProVerb remained as the show's host and an executive producer while Somizi Mhlongo, Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams also remained as the main judges, with guest judges at each of the four audition cities.

Idols South Africa
Season 15
Broadcast fromJuly 7 (2019-07-07) –
November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)
JudgesSomizi Mhlongo

Randall Abrahams

Unathi Nkayi
Host(s)ProVerb
BroadcasterMzansi Magic
Websitewww.idolssa.tv
Winner
Luyolo Yiba
Song"Sunshine Through The Rain"
Runner-up
Sneziey Msomi
Chronology

Preliminary AuditionsEdit

City Venue Guest Judge Date
Pretoria State Theatre Rebecca Malope 26 January 2019
Durban North Beach Ampitheatre Vusi Nova 9 February 2019
Cape Town Century City Conference Centre Dj Fresh 2 March 2019
Johannesburg Ellis Park Arena Lady Zamar 16 February 2019
Pop-up Auditions[1]
City Venue Date
Bloemfontein PACOFS - Performing Arts Centre of the Free State 2 February 2019
Polokwane Meropa Casino & Entertainment World 23 February 2019
Port Elizabeth Dolphins Leap Conference & Events Centre 23 February 2019

A total of 86 golden tickets were issued at all four stops including pop-up stops this season.[2] Season 15 came with many surprises defying the history of the show, rules changed a bit during theatre week, back up singers were provided, with no backing required from the contestants, each contestant had to out-perform the other, and for the first time, 17 contestants were selected for the next round instead of the traditional 16 to accommodate twins Viggy and Virginia Qwabe.

Theatre week: Group PerformancesEdit


Color key:

       Male contestant        Female contestant        Eliminated        Advanced


The group performances were not like those of previous seasons, contestants would sing as a group but would battle against each other for a spot in the next round.

Group Performances
Contestants Song Choice Result
Group 1 Muntuza Something Inside So Strong - Lira Eliminated
Lebohang Eliminated
Craig Advanced
Group 2 Thanzi Remedy - Adele Eliminated
Gugulethu Advanced
Micayla Advanced
Group 3 Thoriso Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrel Williams Advanced
Serrano Eliminated
Lusanda Eliminated
Group 4 Lance Umbrella - Rihanna Advanced
Thula Advanced
Wanda Eliminated
Group 5 Sizwe Ngeke Klunge - Afrotraction Advanced
Sfiso Advanced
Andy Keys Advanced
Nolo Advanced
Group 6 Solo Ntombiyethu Because of you - Ne-Yo Eliminated
Group 7 Jooma Bended Knee - Boys II Men Advanced
Luyolo Advanced
Katara Advanced
Group 8 Marcha Umbrella - Rihanna Eliminated
Zia Advanced
Xola Advanced
Group 9 Virginia Ngeke Klunge - Afrotraction Advanced
Nodumo Eliminated
Group 10 Snenhlanhla Something Inside So Strong - Lira Advanced
Neo Advanced
Harrison Eliminated
Group 11 Teddy Something Inside So Strong - Lira Eliminated
Nqobile Advanced
Snegugu Eliminated
Bonga Eliminated
Group 12 Likhona Umbrella - Rihanna Eliminated
Naledi Advanced
Treasure Advanced
Louise Advanced
Group 13 Luthando Remedy - Adele Eliminated
Shalom Eliminated
Group 14 Zoe Zoe Something Inside So Strong - Lira Eliminated
Sindiswa Eliminated
Khanyisile Eliminated
Thandokazi Advanced
Group 15 Oratile Bang Bang - Jessie J Eliminated
Qhawe Eliminated
Group 16 Lenthea Something Inside So Strong - Lira Eliminated
Sandy Advanced
Dinky Advanced
Group 17 Viggy Ngeke Klunge - Afrotraction Advanced
Mmangaliso Advanced
Nolusindiso Advanced
Group 18 Melanin Something Inside So Strong - Lira Advanced
Sneziey Advanced
Innocentia Advanced
Motheo Advanced

Theatre week: Solo PerformancesEdit


Color key:

       Male contestant        Female contestant        Eliminated        Advanced
Solo Performances
Contestant Audition Number Audition City Age Hometown Songchoice Result
Viggy Qwabe 5578 Durban 22 Stanger Noba Ngumama - Nathi Advanced
Virginia Qwabe 5579 Durban 22 Stanger Lengoma - Zahara Advanced
Nqobile Gumede 6315 Durban 21 Kwamashu Jik'izinto - Zonke Advanced
Sneziey Msomi 5758 Durban 25 Umlazi Through the fire - Chaka Khan Advanced
Micayla Oelofse 6470 Port Elizabeth 18 Port Elizabeth Issues - Julia Michaels Advanced
Sfiso Mlangeni 8353 Bekezela - Bekezela Eliminated
Thandokazi Goduka 11650 Woza - Jeziel Brothers Eliminated
Dinky Swartz 3269 Johannesburg 22 Ennerdale For you Advanced
Mmangaliso Gumbi 8018 Johannesburg 24 Ladysmith Mariah Carey - I still believe Advanced
Zia Fielies 11551 Cape Town 19 Mannenberg, Cape Town How fall ill go - Lin-Manuel Miranda Advanced
Melanin Zwane 5384 Durban Aaliyah - At Your Best (You Are Love) Eliminated
Innocentia Sibi 7791 Johannesburg 30 Khuma, Stilfontein Life is going on - Brenda Fassie Advanced
Andy Keys 3648 Pretoria 20 Embalenhle, Secunda One love - Bob Marley Advanced
Nolo Seodisha 3471 Pretoria 26 Soshanguve Anytime - Brian Mcknight Advanced
Luyolo Yiba 11839 Cape Town 24 Kwamashu Zanele Advanced
Motheo Tshabangu 3000 Pretoria I'll Be There Eliminated
Thoriso Seodisha 2819 Pretoria One Last Cry Eliminated
Thula Mnisi 1928 Pretoria No One Comes Close - Joe Thomas Eliminated
Sizwe Hlatshwayo 2931 Pretoria 27 Emalahleni Afrotraction - Imali Yamalobolo Advanced
Treasure Mngadi 6325 Durban 23 Kwamashu Justin Bieber - Purpose Advanced
Gugulethu Gumede 4568 My Baby Eliminated
Graic Jordan 11675 Cape Town 21 Elsies River (Epping Forest) Lets Stay Together - Al Green Advanced
Xola Toto 11004 Cape Town 21 Cape Town Down Advanced
Katara Maroro 7318 Johannesburg Kuruman Mercy Mwecy Me - Usher Eliminated
Louise Nicholls 11469 Cape Town 29 Strandfontein Village IDGAF - Dua Lipa Advanced
Naledi Gwam 3238 No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande Eliminated
Sandy Bota 2783 I Remember - Judith Sepuma Eliminated
Jooma Mize 3115 Don't Judge Me - Chris Brown Eliminated
Snenhlanhla Khumalo 4200 Ngeke Ngikulahle - Jobie Clark Eliminated
Neo Dube 5740 Video - India Arie Eliminated
Lance Florence 11166 Heartboxing - Jimmy Nevis Eliminated

Top 17Edit

The judges' job was now over and it was now up to the public to vote for their favourite contestant to advance to the next level of the competition, two methods were introduced to the public, every contetant was allocated a unique voting number. Contestants could be voted either by SMS, the voting number remained the same as other seasons 37400, or voting could be done for free on www.idolssa.tv.


Color key:

       Male contestant        Female contestant        Eliminated        Advanced


Non-Competition performance(s)
Collaborator(s) Song Original Artist
Top 17 Group A Contestants Fela in Versace AKA
Top 17 Group B Contestants Move for me Cassper Nyovest

Group A Theme: Songs that TrendedEdit

Group A
Date: 25 August 2019
Contestant Voting Number Audition City Age Hometown Songchoice Result
Andy Keys 5 Pretoria 20 Embalenhle, Secunda Maroon 5 - Girls like you Eliminated
Sizwe 1 Pretoria 27 Emalahleni Sands - Tigi Eliminated
Nolo 8 Pretoria 26 Soshanguve Khalid - Talk Advanced
Dinky 2 Pretoria 22 Ennerdale Daniel Caesar - Get you Advanced
Louise 4 Cape Town 29 Strandfontein Village Halsey - Without Me Eliminated
Mmangaliso 3 Johannesburg 24 Ladysmith Mlindo - Egoli Advanced
Viggy 7 Durban 22 Stanger Zahara - Mgodi Advanced
Xola 9 Cape Town 21 Cape Town Black Coffee - Come With Me (You Set My World On Fire) Eliminated
Virginia 6 Durban 22 Stanger Kelly Khumalo - Themba Advanced

Group B Theme: Songs that TrendedEdit

Group B
Date: 1 September 2019
Contestant Voting Number Audition City Age Hometown Songchoice Result
Craig 6 Cape Town 21 Elsies River (Epping Forest)   Dancing With A Stranger - Sam Smith and Normani Eliminated
Innocentia 8 Johannesburg 30 Khuma, Stilfontein Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara Public Wild Card
Sneziey 1 Durban 25 Umlazi Ewe Getsemane - Sbu Noah Advanced
Micayla 7 Port Elizabeth 18 Port Elizabeth New Rules - Dua Lipa Advanced
Zia 4 Cape Town 19 Manenberg, Cape Town Better - Khalid Eliminated
Luyolo 3 Cape Town 24 King Williams Town Just Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur Advanced
Nqobile 2 Durban 21 Kwamashu Love Theory - Kirk Franklin Advanced
Treasure 5 Durban 23 Kwamashu The Middle - Zedd ft. Grey[3] Eliminated

Top 10 AnnouncementEdit


Non-competition performance(s)
Collaborators Song Original Artist
Top 17 & ProVerb RESPECT Aretha Franklin
Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Unathi Nkayi Halo Sana (Buya Mama) Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Unathi Nkayi
Top 17 Group A Contestants Giant Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man
Shado M Intliziyo Yami Ithi Hey Shado M
Top 17 Group B Contestants Level up Ciara
Tresor & Paxton Kiss The Haze Tresor & Paxton
Syleena Johnson Woman Syleena Johnson

Top 10: Inspirational HitsEdit

Contestants got new voting numbers, and another method for voting was introduced, contestants ontop of SMS and the website, could now be voted via the DSTV App.

Non-competition performance(s)
Collaborator(s) Song Original Artist
Dr Tumisang, Tshwane Gospel Choir & Top 10 Contestants Nothing Without you Dr Tumisang

Color key:

       Male contestant        Female contestant        Eliminated        Advanced


Top 10[4]
Date: 15 September 2019
Contestant Voting Number Audition City Age Hometown Songchoice
Virginia 6 Durban 22 Stanger Yebo Linamandla - Benjamin Dube
Viggy 2 Durban 22 Stanger Phumelela - Amanda Black, Sjava
Nolo 7 Pretoria 26 Soshanguve Modimo ke Lerato - Joyous Celebration
Dinky 1 Pretoria 22 Ennerdale One Wing - Jordin Sparks
Mmangaliso 9 Johannesburg 24 Ladysmith Ngangingazi - Benjamin Dube
Sneziey 5 Durban 25 Umlazi Heal My Soul - Tshwane Gospel Choir
Nqobile 4 Durban 21 Kwamashu I Judt Can't Give Up Now - Mary Mary
Luyolo 3 Cape Town 24 King Williams Town Fire To The Rain - Adele
Micayla 10 Port Elizabeth 18 Port Elizabeth Rise Up - Andra Day
Innocentia 8 Johannesburg 30 Khuma, Stilfontein Ave Maria - Beyonce

Elimination ChartEdit

Top 17 Top 10 Top 9 Top 8 Top 7 Top 6 Top 5 Top 4 Top 3 Top 2
Contestant Result
1 Luyolo Yiba Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
2 Sneziey Msomi Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
3 Micayla Oelofse Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
4 Nolo Seodisha Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
5 Viggy Qwabe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Withdrew
6 Virginia Qwabe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
7 Mmangaliso Gumbi Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
8 Nqobile Gumede Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
9 Dinky Swartz Safe Safe Eliminated
10 Innocentia Sibi Public Wild Card Eliminated
17 Louise Nicholls Eliminated
Xola Toto
Zia Fielies
Craig Jordan
Andy Keys
Treasure Mngadi
Sizwe Hlatshwayo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Idols 15 adds three pop-up audition venues: dates and deets". TVSA.
  2. ^ "Jozi bags 14 golden tickets in the final round of auditions". Channel 24.
  3. ^ "Mzansi Magic Official Website - Top 17 Group B: Song Choice – Idols SA".
  4. ^ "Mzansi here are your idols sa season 15 top 100". iol.co.za.