7 South African Idol winners you may have forgotten
Noma Khumalo (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo)
Idols SA crowned their Season 15 winner 17-year-old Yanga
Sebetwa on Sunday night – and it was a finale to remember.
The singing competition has had 15 (or rather 16) winners in
the past and with so many winners over the years it can be easy to forget some
of the former crowd favorites who were also successful in winning the
Here are 7 Idols SA you may have forgotten over the years.
Heinz Winckler, 2002
Heinz Winckler who is now
also an actor was the winner of the first season of South African Idols. The
musician who has so far been awarded three South African Music Awards (SAMA),
recently released a brand new single in collaboration with Loyiso Bala and
Nelville D which is titled It’s time.
Jody Williams, 2007
Jody Williams was only 17-years-old when she was crowned the
South African Idol for season seven, making her the youngest Idol at the time. She
has since gone on to work in collaboration with artists such as Sean Kingston
and turned into an overnight sensation after she launched her debut album Just gonna be.
Sasha-Lee Davis and
Jason Hartman, 2009
Idol’s South African season five for those who can remember
was the most memorable season and not just because of the music but the drama
that transpired in the end.
Musicians Sasha-Lee Davis and Jason Hartman were part of the
top two for the season finale but Sasha-Lee was later crowned
the winner with 52.77% of the votes in her favor. Idol’s later
announced that this was in actual fact incorrect and that Jason had received
200000 more votes than Sash-Lee, making him the official
It was then later declared that both Sash-Lee and Jason
would be awarded identical prizes and jointly
crowned the official winners for season five.
Elvis Blue, 2010
whose real name is real Jan Hoogendyk, was crowned South African Idol’s winner
for season six in 2010 against runner up Lloyd Cele.
Even though Elvis won the competition with 67% of the votes,
he decided to split his cash prize of R500 000 at the time with Lloyd.
So far Elvis has three platinum and two gold selling albums.
Dave van Vuuren, 2011
Dave van Vuuren was titled the winner for Idols season seven,
winning with a total of 50.49% of the votes. The singer who was 21-years-old at
the time later went on to form a rock band known as Southern Wild.
Vincent Bones, 2014
who won the tenth season of the singing competition was formerly
homeless and the first thing he said he wanted to do with his prize
money was purchase a home in Sunnyside, Pretoria. Vincent won the many hearts
of South African’s with his touching story and eagerness to preserver against
all odds despite his circumstances.
Noma Khumalo, 2016
Noma Khumalo was a teacher when she entered season 12 of the
singing competition not knowing that she would soon be crowned the winner. Noma
also debuted her album Joy just a few weeks after
being titled South African Idols winner.