Idols South Africa (season 3)

Idols South Africa III was the third season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It was running from August to November 2005. All four judges returned for another season. After one season Letoya Makhen left the show making Colin Moss the only host similar to Ryan Seacrest on American Idol. For the first time the semifinal groups where divided into genders. As there were only six males who made it to the top 24, only one group was male though. This resulted in a top 12 with only two males for a second year in a row. There was no wildcard show held. Instead the judges each chose one contestant who was not voted in the top 12 directly in the group phase.[1] Viewer outrage ensued following the elimination of Nhlanhla Mwelse after it was revealed that the 4 judges had a 49% leverage to the total weekly votes & that this happened since the start of the semi finals. Before the series started, it was portrayed that the viewers would account for 100% of the total vote this year compared to the judges' 40% in season 1 & 2. Karin Kortje, a young mother from Grabouw, Cape Town wowed the audience and judges with her big voice and won the final against Gift Gwe with 62.58% and was also leading throughout the competition by a landside.[2] However Kortje was not so lucky in her personal life after the contest ended as her boyfriend was charged of robbery and murder just months after the show. In difference to the other finalists of her season, Kortje was not invited to take part of the final of the next season.[3]

Season 3
Broadcast from31 July –
27 November 2005
JudgesDave Thompson
Mara Louw
Gareth Cliff
Randall Abrahams
Host(s)Colin Moss
Finals venueGold Reef City
Karin Kortje
Song"I'm So Ready"
Gift Gwe



(ages stated at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Voted Off
Karin Kortje 26 Grabouw, Cape Town Winner
Gift Gwe 21 Bishop, Mossel Bay 27 Nov 2005
Veronique "Nicky" de Lange 17 Bloemfontein 21 Nov 2005
Veronique "V" Lalouette 23 Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg
Nhlanhla Mwelase 22 Springs, Gauteng 14 Nov 2005
Ayanda Mpama 21 Seaview, KwaZulu-Natal 7 Nov 2005
Deidré Visser 17 Centurion, Pretoria 31 Oct 2005
Martelize Van Niekerk 19 Kuilsrivier
Kesha Charlton-Perkins 18 Randburg, Johannesburg 17 Oct 2005
Pume Zondi 19 Wybank, Pinetown 10 Oct 2005
Bonolo Molosiwa 24 Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg 3 Oct 2005
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk 19 Magaliesburg 26 Sep 2005


  • 26 September: Hits 2000
  • 3 October: Number 1 Hits
  • 10 October: Film Songs
  • 17 October: Viewers Choice
  • 31 October: Video Hits
  • 7 November: Judges Choice
  • 14 November: My Idols
  • 21 November: Great Songs
  • 27 November: Grand Finale

Elimination ChartEdit

Did Not Perform Female Male Top 24 Wild Card Top 12 Winner
Safe Most votes Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Eliminated
Stage: Semi Wild
Week: 08/30 09/06 09/12 09/19 09/26 10/03 10/10 10/17 10/31 11/07 11/14 11/21 11/27
Place Contestant Result
1 Karin Kortje 1st 1st
2 Gift Gwe 2nd 8th 4th 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd Runner-Up
3 Veronique de Lange Elim Saved 4th 5th 4th 5th 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd
4 Veronique Lalouette 2nd 7th 6th 7th 2nd 2nd 4th 3rd 4th
5 Nhlanhla Mwelse 1st 3rd 2nd 8th 4th 3rd 5th 5th
6 Ayanda Mpama Elim Saved 10th 10th 5th 6th 6th 6th
7 Deidré Visser (van Rooyen) 1st 6th 8th 3rd 7th 7th
8 Martelize Van Niekerk (Voigt) 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th 8th 8th
9 Kesha Charlton-Perkins 1st 5th 7th 9th 9th
10 Pume Zondi 2nd 9th 9th 10th
11 Bonolo Molosiwa Elim Saved 11th 11th
12 Jamie-Lee Blokdyk Elim Saved 12th
Final 4
Bianca Bronn Elim
Nthabiseng Roro
Tumelo Thulare
Final 3
Bjorn Hartnick Elim
Callan Maloney
Mthawelang Nkozo
Roomie Noval
Final 2
Berenice Voigt Elim
Jessica Lourenco
Karabo Moleke
Final 1
Cecile du Preez Elim
Nosipho Zwane

Live Show DetailsEdit

Heat 1 (28 August 2005)Edit

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Bonolo Molosiwa "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey) "You Are Everything" (Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye) Eliminated
Cecile du Preez "Girl" (Destiny's Child) "I Say a Little Prayer" (Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
Deidré Visser "Father and Son" (Cat Stevens) "These Words" (Natasha Bedingfield) Advanced
Nicky de Lange "Since U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson) "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers) Eliminated
Nosipho Zwane "Destiny" (Malaika) "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) Eliminated
Pume Zondi "Dance with My Father" (Luther Vandross) "The Voice Within" (Christina Aguilera) Advanced

Heat 2 (4 September 2005)Edit

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Bernice Breedt "Pieces of Me" (Ashlee Simpson) "Thank U" (Alanis Morissette) Eliminated
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) "Shiver" (Natalie Imbruglia) Eliminated
Jessica Lourenco "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" (Rachel Stevens) "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) Eliminated
Karabo Moleke "Don't Tell Me" (Avril Lavigne) "I Love Music" (Lebo Mathosa) Eliminated
Karin Kortje "A Cry, a Smile, a Dance" (Judith Sephuma) "Ordinary People" (John Legend) Advanced
Martelize van Niekerk "Pretty Baby" (Vanessa Carlton) "Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole) Advanced

Heat 3 (11 September 2005)Edit

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Bjorn Hartnick "Let Me Love You" (Mario) "Sunday Morning" (Maroon 5) Eliminated
Callan Maloney "Evergreen" (Will Young) "Here Without You" (3 Doors Down) Eliminated
Gift Gwe "Holding Back the Years" (Simply Red) "Señorita" (Justin Timberlake) Advanced
Mthawelanga Nkonzo "Daughters" (John Mayer) "Wrap My Words Around You" (Daniel Bedingfield) Eliminated
Nhlanhla Mwelse "Hello" (Lionel Richie) "This Love" (Maroon 5) Advanced
Romie Noval "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Michael Bolton) "Leave Right Now" (Will Young) Eliminated

Heat 4 (18 September 2005)Edit

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Ayanda Mpama "Ndiredi" (Simphiwe Dana) "Not in Love" (Enrique Iglesias) Eliminated
Bianca Bronn "Everywhere" (Michelle Branch) "Superstar" (Jamelia) Eliminated
Kesha Charlton-Perkins "I Bruise Easily" (Natasha Bedingfield) "My Prerogative" (Britney Spears) Advanced
Nthabiseng Roro "Doo Be Doo" (Freshlyground) "Let It Be" (The Beatles) Eliminated
Tumelo Thulare "Always Be My Baby" (Mariah Carey) "Only U" (Ashanti) Eliminated
Veronique Lalouette "I Believe" (Fantasia Barrino) "I Don't Want to Wait" (Paula Cole) Advanced

Live Show 1 (25 September 2005)Edit

Theme: Millennium Hits

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "Video" (India Arie) Bottom three
Bonolo Molosiwa "Amazing" (George Michael) Bottom two
Deidré Visser "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
Gift Gwe "Rhythm Divine" (Enrique Iglesias) Safe
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac) Eliminated
Karin Kortje "Don't Know Why" (Norah Jones) Safe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins "Bad Day" (Daniel Powter) Safe
Martelize van Niekerk "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Cat Stevens) Safe
Nhlanhla Mwelse "Used to Love U" (John Legend) Safe
Nicky de Lange "Try" (Nelly Furtado) Safe
Pume Zondi "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Safe
Veronique Lalouette "All for You" (Janet Jackson) Safe

Live Show 2 (2 October 2005)Edit

Theme: #1 Hits from the '90s

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "Angel of Mine" (Monica) Bottom two
Bonolo Molosiwa "Take a Bow" (Madonna) Eliminated
Deidré Visser "Can't Help Falling in Love" (UB40) Safe
Gift Gwe "I Swear" (All-4-One) Safe
Karin Kortje "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton) Safe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins "Stay (I Missed You)" (Lisa Loeb) Safe
Martelize van Niekerk "Don't Speak" (No Doubt) Safe
Nhlanhla Mwelse "I Wanna Be the Only One" (Eternal & BeBe Winans) Safe
Nicky de Lange "Crush" (Jennifer Paige) Safe
Pume Zondi "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain) Bottom three
Veronique Lalouette "Show Me Heaven" (Maria McKee) Safe

Live Show 3 (9 October 2005)Edit

Theme: Music from the Movies

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) Safe
Deidré Visser "Holding Out for a Hero" (Bonnie Tyler) Safe
Gift Gwe "Love Is All Around" (Wet Wet Wet) Safe
Karin Kortje "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (LeAnn Rimes) Safe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins "There You'll Be" (Faith Hill) Bottom two
Martelize van Niekerk "All by Myself" (Celine Dion) Safe
Nhlanhla Mwelse "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees) Bottom three
Nicky de Lange "Searchin' My Soul" (Vonda Shepard) Safe
Pume Zondi "It Must Have Been Love" (Roxette) Eliminated
Veronique Lalouette "Crazy" (Patsy Cline) Safe

Live Show 4 (16 October 2005)Edit

Theme: Viewers' Choice

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Roberta Flack) Safe
Deidré Visser "Bed of Roses" (Bon Jovi) Bottom three
Gift Gwe "Give Me the Night" (George Benson) Safe
Karin Kortje "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (The Carpenters) Safe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins "Reach" (Gloria Estefan) Eliminated
Martelize van Niekerk "Let the River Run" (Carly Simon) Bottom two
Nhlanhla Mwelse "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Nicky de Lange "What's Love Got to Do with It" (Tina Turner) Safe
Veronique Lalouette "River Deep – Mountain High" (Tina Turner) Safe

Live Show 5 (23 October 2005)Edit

Theme: How It Should Have Been Done

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) N/A
Deidré Visser "Strong Enough" (Cher) N/A
Gift Gwe "Fever" (Michael Bublé) N/A
Karin Kortje "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin) N/A
Martelize van Niekerk "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Bryan Adams) N/A
Nhlanhla Mwelse "Killing Me Softly" (Fugees) N/A
Nicky de Lange "My Immortal" (Evanescence) N/A
Veronique Lalouette "Angels" (Robbie Williams) N/A

Live Show 6 (30 October 2005)Edit

Theme: Music Video Hits

Artist Song (original artists) Result
Ayanda Mpama "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Sinéad O'Connor) Bottom three
Deidré Visser "...Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears) Eliminated
Gift Gwe "Faith" (George Michael) Safe
Karin Kortje "Together Again" (Janet Jackson) Safe
Martelize van Niekerk "That Don't Impress Me Much" (Shania Twain) Eliminated
Nhlanhla Mwelse "I'll Be Missing You" (Puff Daddy & Faith Evans) Safe
Nicky de Lange "Just a Little" (Liberty X) Safe
Veronique Lalouette "Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera) Safe

Live Show 7 (6 November 2005)Edit

Theme: Judges' Choice

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Ayanda Mpama "Another Sad Love Song" (Toni Braxton) "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Randy Crawford) Eliminated
Gift Gwe "Uptown Girl" (Westlife) "Back at One" (Brian McKnight) Safe
Karin Kortje "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Diana Ross) "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman) Safe
Nhlanhla Mwelse "All Night Long (All Night)" (Lionel Richie) "Walking Away" (Craig David) Bottom two
Nicky de Lange "Underneath Your Clothes" (Shakira) "Brass in Pocket" (The Pretenders) Safe
Veronique Lalouette "Call Me" (Blondie) "Other Side of the World" (KT Tunstall) Bottom three

Live Show 8 (13 November 2005)Edit

Theme: My Idols

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Gift Gwe "U Remind Me" (Usher) "End of the Road" (Boyz II Men) Bottom two
Karin Kortje "Never Never Never" (Shirley Bassey) "Never Too Much" (Luther Vandross) Safe
Nhlanhla Mwelse "Here and Now" (Luther Vandross) "Part Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
Nicky de Lange "Foolish Games" (Jewel) "Small Room" (Karen Zoid) Safe
Veronique Lalouette "I Turn to You" (Christina Aguilera) "Work It Out" (Beyoncé) Safe

Live Show 9: Semi-final (20 November 2005)Edit

Theme: Great Singers, Great Songs

Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
Gift Gwe "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) "Stuck on You" (Lionel Richie) Safe
Karin Kortje "When I Need You" (Leo Sayer) "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Safe
Nicky de Lange "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Celine Dion) "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
Veronique Lalouette "Touch Me in the Morning" (Diana Ross) "Rhythm of the Night" (DeBarge) Eliminated

Live final (27 November 2005)Edit

Artist First song Second song Third song Result
Gift Gwe "End of the Road" "Señorita" "Sometimes a Dream" Runner-up
Karin Kortje "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" "If I Can't Have You" "I'm So Ready" Winner


  1. ^ "Idols judges have last say: News 24: Entertainment: South Africa".
  2. ^ "Karin: How Viewers voted: News 24: Entertainment: South Africa".
  3. ^ "News - Media: Snubbed Karin signs the Blues".

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