Idols SA: Who Will Be This Year’s Idol?
The new season of Idols South Africa have just started and the popularity of this reality show seems to have no end. There are already promises of making season 11 bigger and better than before. The judges this year includes well-known names and faces: Somizi Mhlongo, Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, and Gareth Cliff. The presenter is hip-hop artist ProVerb Thekisho. But, while the new contestants sing their hearts out to become the next South African Idol, it is good to remember all our previous idols.
The winner of the first season of Idols SA in 2002 was Heinz Winkler, who shot to stardom with songs like Once in a Lifetime, Next Stop Happiness, and One Step Closer. The next year saw Anke Pietrangeli becoming the first female Idol, while Karin Kortje won the 2005 season and became the third South African Idol. Jody Williams won the 2007 season and 2009’s season of Idols SA did not disappoint on the drama front when Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids were made co-winners.
The following year Jan Hoogendyk – better known as Elvis Blue – won the sixth season of this hit reality series. The last four seasons of Idols SA have also all been won by men – Dave van Vuuren in 2011, Khaya Mthethwa in 2012, Musa Sukwene in 2013, and Vincent Bones in 2014. But, although the question of gender and race around the SA Idols have been discussed and debated, one thing that is certain is that the fans stand behind their idol 100%.
Season 11 of Idols South Africa promises to cause a stir among South African audiences once again when thousands of hopefuls compete for the chance to become the idol and sweetheart of the country and seeing their name in lights. This is definitely not a show to be missed.
Author: Carin Marais
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