Idols South Africa (season 5)

Idols South Africa V was the fifth season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It premiered on Sunday, 1 February 2009, with a summer vibe and new rules. Instead of the search happening in autumn–winter as with previous seasons, the auditions began in mid-December and run through the holiday season.[1]

Season 5
Broadcast from1 February –
10 May 2009
JudgesDave Thompson
Mara Louw
Gareth Cliff
Randall Abrahams
Host(s)Liezel van der Westhuizen
Jason Hartman /
Sasha-Lee Davids
OriginCape Town / Durban
Genre(s)Rock, folk / soul, pop

Colin Moss was unable to be the host of Season 5 due to movie commitments and the role open for auditions. Among those who auditioned were Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren, SABC 3 continuity presenter and radio DJ Liezl van der Westhuizen, television presenter and DJ Pabi Moloi - most recently seen in SABC 1s The Amazing Date —and Sami Sabiti, co-host of Idols 1. M-Net made an official announcement that Liezl van der Westhuizen will be the new host. She was presented to viewers in the first episode of Season 5 when Colin was run over by a car in a scene and she took the reins from him as the new host.

Final voting disasterEdit

On the official finale Sasha Lee Davids was announced the winner, with 52.77% of the votes. Four days later, Idols announced that there had been problems with the voteline, and some of the votes that were sent before the cut-off time were not counted. The investigation hit the front page of the Times on 8 May 2009 and later in the day it was announced on that the recount had showed that Jason Hartman had received 200000 more votes than Sasha Lee Davids(of 2.3 million total votes in the finale (recount)). After discussion between M-Net and FremantleMedia (the format owners), Jason Hartman and Sasha Lee Davids were declared winners. They both received identical full prizes.[2] This was the first time a win was shared on an Idol show. Neither Hartman nor Davids ever appeared in the bottom 3 or 2 prior to the final.



(ages stated at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Voted Off
Jason Hartman 29 Durban joint Winner
Sasha-Lee Davis 18 Cape Town joint Winner
Graeme Watkins 26 Cape Town 27 Apr 2009
Lendel Moonsamy 23 Durban 20 Apr 2009
Sithembiso Nkosi 19 Johannesburg 13 Apr 2009
Cameron Bruce 17 Johannesburg 6 Apr 2009
Pixie Bennett 24 Durban 30 Mar 2009
Lize Heerman 21 Durban 23 Mar 2009
Daniel Barron 17 Johannesburg 16 Mar 2009
Ntsepa Pitjeng 26 Johannesburg 9 Mar 2009

Elimination chartEdit

Did Not Perform Female Male Top 14 Top 10 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi Finals
Week: 02/23 03/02 03/09 03/16 03/23 03/30 04/06 04/13 04/20 04/27 05/03
Place Contestant Result
1 Jason Hartman Winners
Sasha Lee Davids
3 Graeme Watkins Btm 5 Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
4 Lendel Moonsamy Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
5 SiThembiso Nkosi Btm 3 Elim
6 Cameron Bruce Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim
7 Pixie Bennett Btm 5 Btm 4 Btm 2 Elim
8 Lize Heerman Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
9 Daniel Baron Btm 3 Elim
10 Ntsepa Pitjeng Elim
11-12 Mathew Moolman Elim
Suzzi Swanepoel Btm 4
12-14 Thubalethu Myeki Elim
ReThabile Kgoroeadira

Live Show DetailsEdit

Heat 1 - Top 14 (22 February 2009)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Thembi Nkosi "Hot Stuff" (Donna Summer) Safe
2 Cameron Bruce "Knock on Wood" (Eddie Floyd) Safe
3 ReThabile Kgoroeadira "Rehab" (Amy Winehouse) Eliminated
4 Thubalethu Myeki "You'll Be in My Heart" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
5 Mathew Moolman "Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton) Safe
6 Pixie Bennet "Valerie" (Amy Winehouse) Bottom five
7 Daniel Baron "Won't Go Home Without You" (Maroon 5) Bottom three
8 Sasha-Lee Davids "Too Little Too Late" (JoJo) Safe
9 Lizé Heerman "Fever" (Peggy Lee) Safe
10 Jason Hartman "Undiscovered" (James Morrison) Safe
11 Ntsepa Pitjeng "I Don't Want to Wait" (Paula Cole) Safe
12 Lendel Moonsamy "Wait for You" (Elliott Yamin) Safe
13 Graeme Watkins "Beat It" (Michael Jackson) Safe
14 Suzzi Swanepoel "Strong Enough" (Cher) Bottom four

Heat 2 - Top 12 (1 March 2009)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Lendel Moonsamy "Over You" (Daughtry) Safe
2 Mathew Moolman "A Foggy Day" (Fred Astaire) Eliminated
3 Lizé Heerman "Relax, Take It Easy" (Mika) Bottom three
4 Cameron Bruce "Goodbye Philadelphia" (Peter Cincotti) Safe
5 Suzzi Swanepoel "I Try" (Macy Gray) Eliminated
6 Jason Hartman "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) Safe
7 Thembi Nkosi "Immortality" (Celine Dion) Safe
8 Pixie Bennet "Black and Gold" (Sam Sparro) Bottom four
9 Graeme Watkins "Stop and Stare" (OneRepublic) Bottom five
10 Daniel Baron "Feel" (Robbie Williams) Safe
11 Ntsepa Pitjeng "If I Were a Boy" (Beyoncé) Safe
12 Sasha-Lee Davids "Bring Me to Life" (Evanescence) Safe

Live Show 1 (8 March 2009)Edit

Theme: Greatest Hits

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Ntsepa Pitjeng "Dancing in the Street" (Martha and the Vandellas) Eliminated
2 Lendel Moonsamy "Lady Soul" (The Temptations) Safe
3 Sasha-Lee Davids "I Will Love Again" (Lara Fabian) Safe
4 Thembi Nkosi "Always Be My Baby" (Mariah Carey) Bottom three
5 Cameron Bruce "Old Time Rock and Roll" (Bob Seger) Safe
6 Daniel Baron "Your Song" (Elton John) Safe
7 Lizé Heerman "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) Safe
8 Pixie Bennet "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Bottom two
9 Jason Hartman "With a Little Help from My Friends" (The Beatles) Safe
10 Graeme Watkins "Unchain My Heart" (Joe Cocker) Safe

Live Show 2 (15 March 2009)Edit

Theme: Divas and Crooners

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Cameron Bruce "Everything" (Michael Bublé) Safe
2 Jason Hartman "Can't Buy Me Love" (The Beatles) Safe
3 Thembi Nkosi "Dangerously in Love" (Beyoncé) Safe
4 Graeme Watkins "My Way" (Frank Sinatra) Safe
5 Sasha-Lee Davids "All by Myself" (Celine Dion) Safe
6 Lendel Moonsamy "Moondance" (Van Morrison) Safe
7 Pixie Bennet "Little Bird" (Annie Lennox) Safe
8 Daniel Baron "Save the Last Dance for Me" (The Drifters) Eliminated
9 Lizé Heerman "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Fergie) Bottom two

Live Show 3 (22 March 2009)Edit

Theme: New Millennium

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Jason Hartman "Love's Divine" (Seal) Safe
2 Sasha-Lee Davids "Run" (Leona Lewis) Safe
3 Lizé Heerman "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley) Eliminated
4 Cameron Bruce "Breakeven" (The Script) Bottom two
5 Graeme Watkins "Clocks" (Coldplay) Bottom three
6 Thembi Nkosi "Right Here (Departed)" (Brandy) Safe
7 Lendel Moonsamy "Closer" (Ne-Yo) Safe
8 Pixie Bennet "I'm Outta Love" (Anastacia) Safe

Live Show 4 (29 March 2009)Edit

Theme: Best of South Africa

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Sasha-Lee Davids "Destiny" (Malaika) Safe
2 Pixie Bennet "Quick Quick" (MarcAlex) Eliminated
3 Lendel Moonsamy "Weeping" (Bright Blue) Bottom two
4 Thembi Nkosi "Ndihamba Nawe" (Mafikizolo) Safe
5 Jason Hartman "Great Heart" (Johnny Clegg) Safe
6 Graeme Watkins "Another Universe" (Arno Carstens) Safe
7 Cameron Bruce "Treasure" (Tree63) Bottom three

Live Show 5 (5 April 2009)Edit

Theme: Rock Classics

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
1 Thembi Nkosi "Going Under" (Evanescence) "When You're Gone" (Avril Lavigne) Safe
2 Cameron Bruce "Love the One You're With" (Stephen Stills) "Free Fallin'" (Tom Petty) Eliminated
3 Lendel Moonsamy "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Bad Company) "Here Without You" (3 Doors Down) Bottom two
4 Sasha-Lee Davids "Mamma Mia" (ABBA) "Because of You" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
5 Graeme Watkins "Always" (Bon Jovi) "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns N' Roses) Safe
6 Jason Hartman "Lightning Crashes" (Live) "Hanging by a Moment" (Lifehouse) Safe

Live Show 6 (12 April 2009)Edit

Theme: DJ's Choice

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
1 Sasha-Lee Davids "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis) "Angels" (Robbie Williams) Safe
2 Jason Hartman "The Living Years" (Mike + The Mechanics) "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
3 Graeme Watkins "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (The Script) "Loslappie" (Kurt Darren) Safe
4 Lendel Moonsamy "Sunday Morning" (Maroon 5) "7 Days" (Craig David) Bottom two
5 Thembi Nkosi "Weekend Special" (Brenda Fassie) "No One" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated

Live Show 7 (19 April 2009)Edit

Theme: Unplugged

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
1 Jason Hartman "One" (U2) "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Safe
2 Sasha-Lee Davids "8th World Wonder" (Kimberley Locke) "Apologize" (OneRepublic) Safe
3 Graeme Watkins "Sex on Fire" (Kings of Leon) "What's Up" (4 Non Blondes) Bottom two
4 Lendel Moonsamy "Redemption Song" (Bob Marley) "Save Tonight" (Eagle-Eye Cherry) Eliminated

Live Show 8: Semi-final (26 April 2009)Edit

Theme: Choices

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Third song Result
1 Sasha-Lee Davids "Listen" (Beyoncé) "I Believe" (Yolanda Adams) "Spotlight" (Jennifer Hudson) Safe
2 Jason Hartman "Hey Jude" (The Beatles) "Kiss from a Rose" (Seal) "Summer Love" (Justin Timberlake) Safe
3 Graeme Watkins "Every Car You Chase" (Party Ben) "She Always Gets What She Wants" (Prime Circle) "Song 2" (Blur) Eliminated

Live final (3 May 2009)Edit

Artist First song Second song Third song Result
Jason Hartman "Great Heart" "With a Little Help from My Friends" "Break the Silence" Runner-up
Sasha-Lee Davids "Bleeding Love" "Mamma Mia" "True Believer" Winner


  1. ^ "Local gossip: South Africa Idols 5 is back!!!! (Auditions details inside)". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Sasha-Lee and Jason to share Idols' crown". Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.

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