Idols South Africa (season 1)

Idols South Africa I was the first season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It started as the second international spin-off of the original series just days after the first Idol season in Poland. However, as it ended earlier the winner Heinz Winckler is the second Idol winner after the original Pop Idol Will Young.
Simon Cowell, judge of the original series was guest judging during the theater round when the Top 50 was chosen.[1] The remaining contestants where then split in 10 groups of 5 where the most vote getter would move on to the top 10. However, as a voting error occurred during the voting for the first group, Melanie Lowe (who was a close second behind Brandon October) was saved by the producers making it a top 11 instead.
In the beginning the show was hosted by Matthew Stewardson and Candy Litchfield. However halfway through the season Stewardson was axed and replaced by Sami Sabitiin. Soon after that Stewardson checked himself into a rehab center.[2] The show saw a tragic incident when the programme's main photographer suddenly died during the competition.[3] In the course of the season complaints about the results of votings and technical problems became loud and created a mistrust from the audience which eventually lasted over the upcoming seasons.[4]

Season 1
Broadcast from10 March –
17 June 2002
JudgesDave Thompson
Marcus Brewster
Penny Lebyane
Randall Abrahams
Host(s)Candy Litchfield
Sami Sabitiin
Co-host(s)Matthew Stewardson
Finals venueVodaworld
Heinz Winckler
OriginStellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Song"Once in a Lifetime"
Genre(s)Electronic, pop
Brendon October



(ages stated at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Voted Off Spectacular Theme
Heinz Winckler 24 Stellenbosch Winner Grand Finale
Brendon October 25 Johannesburg 17 June 2002
Melanie Lowe 26 Vredehoek
Bianca LeGrange 20 Johannesburg 10 June 2002 Judge's Choice
Ayanda Nhlangothi 19 Durban 3 June 2002 Proudly South African
Ezra Lingeveldt 21 Sea Point
Cindy Bester 19 East London 27 May 2002 My Idol
Lyndle Kearns 17
Rian Swanepol 20 20 May 2002 Greatest Hits
Nicole Billingham 23
David Fourie 21 Bloemfontein

Elimination ChartEdit

Did Not Perform Female Male Top 50 Wild Card Top 12 Winner
Safe Saved first Saved last Eliminated
Stage: Semi Finals
Week: 04/14 04/21 04/27 05/05 05/12 05/20 05/27 06/03 06/10 06/17
Place Contestant Result
1 Heinz Winckler Top 11 Winner
2 Brendon October Top 11 Btm 3 Runner-Up
3 Melanie Lowe Saved Btm 5 Btm 2 Elim
4 Bianca Le Grange Top 11 Elim
5-6 Ayanda Nhlangothi Top 11 Elim
Ezra Lingeveldt Top 11 Btm 3
7-8 Cindy Bester Top 11 Btm 4 Elim
Lyndle Kearns Top 11
9-11 Rian Swanepol Top 11 Elim
Nicole Billingham Top 11
David Fourie Top 11
Final 10
Boitumelo Masemola Elim
Hybre Africa
Lauren Laing
Mallisan Scholtz
Final 9
Gugulethu Shezi
Monique Steyn
Nombulelo Mntaka
Zure Classen
Final 8
Dalen Jooste Elim
Letoya Makhene
Liana Van Zyl
Chad Saaiman
Final 7
Darren Green
Karlien Husselman
Kim August
Lize Nuttall
Final 6
Francois Mulder Elim
Michelle Williamson
Nicola Warwick
Vanessa Grebe
Final 5
Angelique Campher
Bulelwa Ngomane
Lauren Chesling
Rebert Roodbol
Final 4
Duke Motlanthe Elim
Elana Forbes
Kim Milner
Philadelphia Shayi
Final 3
Cecilia Neer
Leanne Steenkamp
Tarryn Lamb
Tasmia Begbie
Final 2
Kerry Hiles Elim
Lauren Matos
Lushe Killian
Yogin Khandoo
Final 1
Liesl Penniken
Malcolm Manuel
Rene Hunter
  • Note: The results of every second semifinal group were announced together.

Live show detailsEdit

Heat 1 (10 March 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Brandon October "She's the One" (Robbie Williams) Advanced
2 Rene Hunter "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) Eliminated
3 Liesl Penniken "One Moment in Time" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
4 Malcolm Manuel "I Turn to You" (Christina Aguilera) Eliminated
5 Melanie Lowe "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield) Saved

Heat 2 (17 March 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Lauren Matos "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor) Eliminated
2 Yoganathan Khandoo "We Are the World" (USA for Africa) Eliminated
3 Kerry Hiles "Special Star" (Mango Groove) Eliminated
4 Cindy Bester "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Advanced
5 Lushé Killian "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan) Eliminated

Heat 3 (24 March 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Tarryn Lamb "It Must Have Been Love" (Roxette) Eliminated
2 Cecelia Neer "The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
3 Leanne Steenkamp "From a Distance" (Bette Midler) Eliminated
4 Tasmia Begbie "I'm Outta Love" (Anastacia) Eliminated
5 Nicole Billingham "Breathe" (Faith Hill) Advanced

Heat 4 (31 March 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Kim Milner "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel) Eliminated
2 Rian Swanepoel "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) Advanced
3 Duke Motlanthe "I Swear" (All-4-One) Eliminated
4 Philadelphia Shayi "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
5 Elena Forbes "Saving All My Love for You" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated

Heat 5 (7 April 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 David Fourie "This I Promise You" (NSYNC) Advanced
2 Laurene Chesling "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) Eliminated
3 Buli Ngomane "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
4 Rebert Roodbol "I Love the Way You Love Me" (Boyzone) Eliminated
5 Angelique Campher "Baby Can I Hold You" (Tracy Chapman) Eliminated

Heat 6 (14 April 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Nicola Warwick "Think Twice" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
2 Bianca Le Grange "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen) Advanced
3 Francois Mulder "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Andy Williams) Eliminated
4 Michelle Williamson "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton) Eliminated
5 Vanessa Grebe "There You'll Be" (Faith Hill) Eliminated

Heat 7 (21 April 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Ayanda Nhlangothi "(Something Inside) So Strong" (Labi Siffre) Advanced
2 Kim August "Woman in Love" (Barbra Streisand) Eliminated
3 Darren Green "Your Song" (Elton John) Eliminated
4 Lizé Nuttall "Again" (Janet Jackson) Eliminated
5 Karlien Husselman "Walking in Memphis" (Cher) Eliminated

Heat 8 (28 April 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Dalen Jooste "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees) Eliminated
2 Letoya Makhene "Declaration of Love" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
3 Chad Saaiman "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Eliminated
4 Liana Van Zyl "I Will Love Again" (Lara Fabian) Eliminated
5 Heinz Winckler "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (Train) Advanced

Heat 9 (5 May 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Zure Classen "Eternal Flame" (The Bangles) Eliminated
2 Nombulelo Mntaka "Moments Away" (Mango Groove) Eliminated
3 Monique Steyn "Fields of Gold" (Sting) Eliminated
4 Lyndle Kearns "All the Man That I Need" (Whitney Houston) Advanced
5 Gugulethu Shezi "Over and Over" (Puff Johnson) Eliminated

Heat 10 (12 May 2002)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Boitumelo Masemola "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
2 Lauren Laing "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
3 Mallisan Scholtz "To Love You More" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
4 Hybre Africa "All by Myself" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
5 Ezra Lingeveldt "Get Over You" (Brian McKnight) Advanced

Live Show 1 (19 May 2002)Edit

Theme: Movie Magic

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Lyndle Kearns "Dancing Queen" (ABBA) Safe
Bianca Le Grange "Ben" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Nicole Billingham "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) Eliminated
Rian Swanepoel "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
Melanie Lowe "Little Bird" (Annie Lennox) Bottom five
Ayanda Nhlangothi "Kiss from a Rose" (Seal) Safe
David Fourie "Hungry Eyes" (Eric Carmen) Eliminated
Cindy Bester "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman) Bottom four
Heinz Winckler "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Safe
Brandon October "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) Safe
Ezra Lingeveldt "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding) Safe

Live Show 2 (26 May 2002)Edit

Theme: My Own Idol

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Lyndle Kearns "Heaven's What I Feel" (Gloria Estefan) Eliminated
Bianca Le Grange "Fantasy" (Earth, Wind & Fire) Safe
Melanie Lowe "Careless Whisper" (George Michael) Safe
Ayanda Nhlangothi "Black Velvet" (Alannah Myles) Safe
Cindy Bester "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper) Eliminated
Heinz Winckler "Higher" (Creed) Safe
Brandon October "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (Chicago) Safe
Ezra Lingeveldt "Rosanna" (Toto) Bottom three

Live Show 3 (2 June 2002)Edit

Theme: Proudly South African

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Bianca Le Grange "Substitute" (Clout) Safe
Melanie Lowe "Acid Rain" (Wendy Oldfield) Safe
Ayanda Nhlangothi "Another Country" (Mango Groove) Eliminated
Heinz Winckler "Shallow Waters" (Just Jinjer) Safe
Brandon October "Hurts So Bad" (Danny K) Bottom three
Ezra Lingeveldt "Starlight" (Grannysmith) Eliminated

Live Show 4: Semi-final (9 June 2002)Edit

Theme: Judges' Choice

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Bianca Le Grange "Superwoman" (Karyn White) "I Don't Want to Wait" (Paula Cole) Eliminated
Melanie Lowe "Torn" (Natalie Imbruglia) "Shackles (Praise You)" (Mary Mary) Bottom two
Heinz Winckler "Every Breath You Take" (The Police) "Soledad" (Westlife) Safe
Brandon October "Truly Madly Deeply" (Savage Garden) "Escape" (Enrique Iglesias) Safe

Live final (16 June 2002)Edit

Artist First song Second song Third song Result
Melanie Lowe "Little Bird" "Acid Rain" "Every Single Thing" Third place
Heinz Winckler "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" "Soledad" "Once in a Lifetime" Winner
Brandon October "She's the One" "Let's Stay Together" "Once in a Lifetime" Runner-up


  1. ^ "Countdown to top 50 places".
  2. ^ "Remember Matthew Stewardson?".
  3. ^ "Idols photographer Hilton-Barber dies".
  4. ^ "Idols fans angry over elimination results".

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