Idols SA 2023 Top 8: Season 19 contestants revealed

Idols SA Season 19 Top 8 contestants in 2023
Idols SA Season 19 Top 8 contestants in 2023.

The Idols SA 2023 Top 8 contestants of Season 19 have been announced today in episode 11 of the season on Saturday 16 September 2023.

This comes after the announcement of the Top 9 last week in episode 10 of the season.

The Idols SA 2023 Top 8 contestants of Season 19 are; Thando, Sena, Envic, Niikiey, Thabo, Princess, Nkosi, and Faith.

Sadly, 28-year-old Lungelo Motaung from Johannesburg, Gauteng has been eliminated from Idols SA Season 19 after securing the least amount of votes this week.

Group Performance

Today’s live show kicked off with a group performance of the Top 9 contestants performing a powerful rendition of “Abalele” by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa featuring Ami Faku.

Guest Performance

We were then treated to a guest performance by Mzansi power duo, Inkabi Zezwe, made up of Big Zulu and Sjava, who performed their 2023 hit single, “Sayona”.

Idols SA 2023 Top 8 Performances

This week’s live performances were themed, “The Legendary Lionel Richie”, which saw the Idols SA Season 19 Top 8 contestants perform timeless hit songs from the soulful catalogue of the legendary Lionel Richie.


Thando was the night’s first performer, as well as the first contestant to make it to the Top 8.

Thando stepped up his game and unleashed his own rendition of “Love, Oh Love” by Lionel Richie.


In a dazzling performance, Sena bolted on the Idols SA live stage with “You Are” by Lionel Richie.

Sena’s rendition not only showcased her vocal brilliance but also conveyed the song’s heartfelt emotion, leaving judges convinced that she’s been taking their critiques seriously.


Freshly announced into the Top 8, Envic stepped on stage and performed a soul rendition of the timeless classic, “I Call It Love” by Lionel Richie.


Niikiey took the stage and serenaded the audience with an unforgettable rendition of “Easy” by Commodores.

With a voice that exuded timeless charm, Niikiey captured the essence of the song’s heartfelt lyrics and rich musicality.

The performance paid homage to Lionel Richie’s enduring legacy, reminding us all that, sometimes, the simplest things are the most profound.


Fresh from inspiring two back-to-back spiritual experiences with sessions marked by energetic praise, Thabo dove into a different world with just as much depth.

He served a powerful and emotionally charged performance on the Idols SA live stage with “We Are the World” by USA for Africa.


From Bushbuckridge with love, talent, and stage presence! Princess delivered a mesmerizing performance of “Just Go” by Lionel Richie featuring Akon.

Princess’ rendition not only showcased her remarkable vocal prowess but also captured the emotional essence of the song, leaving judges and viewers alike in awe.

Princess’s unforgettable interpretation of this classic reaffirmed her place as a standout talent on the show.


Soaked in the glee of making it to the Top 8 of Idols SA Season 19, Nkosi stepped on stage and delivered a poignant rendition of “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie.

Although the performance marked a departure from his Nkosi’s essential Afro-Soul leanings, his emotional depth left the audience in awe.


A seasoned lover of throwbacks himself, Faith graced the stage with the timeless hit, “Penny Lover”, by Lionel Richie.

Faith’s performance not only showcased his vocal prowess but also captured the song’s romantic charm, leaving the judges and viewers enchanted. Faith’s rendition of this classic reaffirmed his place in the Idols SA Season 19 Top 8.

Idols SA 2023 Top 8 Voting Poll

Idols SA 2023 Top 8: Who Are You Voting?

  • Thabo (22%, 416 Votes)
  • Princess (14%, 265 Votes)
  • Nkosi (13%, 243 Votes)
  • Niikiey (12%, 238 Votes)
  • Faith (12%, 227 Votes)
  • Thando (11%, 217 Votes)
  • Envic (10%, 191 Votes)
  • Sena (6%, 116 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,240

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And with that being said, which Top 8 contestants’ live performance have you enjoyed the most today? Please tell by dropping their names in the comment section.


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27 Responses

  1. Nomzamo says:

    Nkosi hes Amaizing with his soothing beautiful voice❤❤❤

  2. Siphumze says:

    Nkosi is amazing with his soothing and calming voice. ❤️

  3. Muzikhona Gumede says:

    Nkosi is amazing

  4. Mthoko Mpanza says:

    NKOSI His voice is very soft in a nice way , I like that

  5. Mashia Godfrey says:

    Thabo o star mfana

  6. Lungisiwe Mbambo says:

    Nkosi is wow and it his time

  7. Aphelele says:

    Nkosi have a beautiful smooth voice and He is the best❤❤👈

  8. Weliey says:



  9. Koggs says:

    Nkosi, uyathandeka, very genuine

  10. Winnie says:

    Nkosi Nkosi Nkosi And Nkosi..he did for me

  11. Bongiwe says:


  12. Hlengy says:

    #Nkosi all the way❤❤

  13. Londiwe says:

    Nkosi is the best vocalist

  14. Lee says:

    Thabo the Thanks..all the way

  15. Nothando says:

    I enjoyed all performances but my favorite was Thando ,Faith and Niikiey.

  16. Lungile says:

    I enjoyed Envic performance on Saturday

  17. THATO says:


  18. THATO says:

    Faith, win this for us


    Faith. I have faith in you

  20. Spado says:

    Thabo all the way to the final

  21. Sithembile says:

    I enjoyed,Thabo & Envic’s performances tonight

  22. Kebone says:

    Thabo is the best

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