Idols SA Season 1

Idols SA season 1 was the first season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It started as the second international spin-off of the original series just days after the first Idols season in Poland. However, as it ended earlier the winner Heinz Winckler is the second Idol winner after the original Pop Idol Will Young.

In the beginning the show was hosted by Matthew Stewardson and Candy Litchfield. However halfway through the season Stewardson was axed and replaced by Sami Sabiti. Soon after that Stewardson checked himself into a rehab center. The show saw a tragic incident when its official photographer, Steve Hilton-Barber suddenly died during the competition.


Hosts: Candy Litchfield, Matthew Stewardson and Sami Sabiti

Judges: Dave Thompson, Marcus Brewster, Penny Lebyane and Randall Abrahams

Photographer: Steve Hilton-Barber

Winner: Heinz Winckler

Runner-up: Brendon October

Grand Finale Venue: Vodaworld

Original Network: M-Net

Original Release: Sunday 10 March – Monday 17 June 2002


Theatre Week

Simon Cowell, judge of the original series was guest judging during the theater round when the Top 50 contestants were chosen.

The Top 50 contestants where then split in 10 groups of 5 where the contestant who got the most votes would move on to the top 10.

Heat 1 (10 March 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Brandon October“She’s the One” by Robbie WilliamsAdvanced
Rene Hunter“You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole KingEliminated
Liesl Penniken“One Moment in Time” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Malcolm Manuel“I Turn to You” by Christina AguileraEliminated
Melanie Lowe“Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty SpringfieldSaved

Heat 2 (17 March 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Lauren Matos“I Will Survive” by Gloria GaynorEliminated
Yoganathan Khandoo“We Are the World” by USA for AfricaEliminated
Kerry Hiles“Special Star” by Mango GrooveEliminated
Cindy Bester“How Do I Live” by LeAnn RimesAdvanced
Lushé Killian“Angel” by Sarah McLachlanEliminated

Heat 3 (24 March 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Tarryn Lamb“It Must Have Been Love” by RoxetteEliminated
Cecelia Neer“The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Leanne Steenkamp“From a Distance” by Bette MidlerEliminated
Tasmia Begbie“I’m Outta Love” by AnastaciaEliminated
Nicole Billingham“Breathe” by Faith HillAdvanced

Heat 4 (31 March 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Kim Milner“Just the Way You Are” by Billy JoelEliminated
Rian Swanepoel“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy SledgeAdvanced
Duke Motlanthe“I Swear” by All-4-OneEliminated
Philadelphia Shayi“I Have Nothing” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Elena Forbes“Saving All My Love for You” by Whitney HoustonEliminated

Heat 5 (7 April 2002)

ContestantSongResult
David Fourie“This I Promise You” by NSYNCAdvanced
Laurene Chesling“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill WithersEliminated
Buli Ngomane“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Rebert Roodbol“I Love the Way You Love Me” by BoyzoneEliminated
Angelique Campher“Baby Can I Hold You” by Tracy ChapmanEliminated

Heat 6 (14 April 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Nicola Warwick“Think Twice” by Celine DionEliminated
Bianca Le Grange“Bohemian Rhapsody” by QueenAdvanced
Francois Mulder“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Andy WilliamsEliminated
Michelle Williamson“Un-Break My Heart” by Toni BraxtonEliminated
Vanessa Grebe“There You’ll Be” by Faith HillEliminated

Heat 7 (21 April 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Ayanda Nhlangothi“(Something Inside) So Strong” by Labi SiffreAdvanced
Kim August“Woman in Love” by Barbra StreisandEliminated
Darren Green“Your Song” by Elton JohnEliminated
Lizé Nuttall“Again” by Janet JacksonEliminated
Karlien Husselman“Walking in Memphis” by CherEliminated

Heat 8 (28 April 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Dalen Jooste“How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee GeesEliminated
Letoya Makhene“Declaration of Love” by Celine DionEliminated
Chad Saaiman“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan AdamsEliminated
Liana Van Zyl“I Will Love Again” by Lara FabianEliminated
Heinz Winckler“Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” by TrainAdvanced

Heat 9 (5 May 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Zure Classen“Eternal Flame” by The BanglesEliminated
Nombulelo Mntaka“Moments Away” by Mango GrooveEliminated
Monique Steyn“Fields of Gold” by StingEliminated
Lyndle Kearns“All the Man That I Need” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Gugulethu Shezi“Over and Over” by Puff JohnsonEliminated

Heat 10 (12 May 2002)

ContestantSongResult
Boitumelo Masemola“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Lauren Laing“Hero” by Mariah CareyEliminated
Mallisan Scholtz“To Love You More” by Celine DionEliminated
Hybre Africa“All by Myself” by Celine DionEliminated
Ezra Lingeveldt“Get Over You” by Brian McKnightAdvanced

Finals

Finalists

The initial plan was to have a Top 10 but because there was a voting error during the voting for the first group (Heat 1), Melanie Lowe who was a close second behind Brandon October was saved by the show producers making it a Top 11 instead.

(ages stated at time of contest)

ContestantAgeHometownVoted OffSpectacular Theme
Heinz Winckler24StellenboschWinnerGrand Finale
Brendon October25Johannesburg17 June 2002Grand Finale
Melanie Lowe26Vredehoek17 June 2002Grand Finale
Bianca Le Grange20Johannesburg10 June 2002Judge’s Choice
Ayanda Nhlangothi19Durban3 June 2002Proudly South African
Ezra Lingeveldt21Sea Point3 June 2002Proudly South African
Cindy Bester19East London27 May 2002My Idol
Lyndle Kearns17Rocklands27 May 2002My Idol
Rian Swanepol20Hatfield20 May 2002Greatest Hits
Nicole Billingham23Ferndale20 May 2002Greatest Hits
David Fourie21Bloemfontein20 May 2002Greatest Hits

Top 11

Idols SA Season 1 Top 11 contestants performed live on Sunday 19 May 2002.

Theme: “Movie Magic”

ContestantSongResult
Lyndle Kearns“Dancing Queen” by ABBASafe
Bianca Le Grange“Ben” by Michael JacksonSafe
Nicole Billingham“Take My Breath Away” by BerlinEliminated
Rian Swanepoel“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil CollinsEliminated
Melanie Lowe“Little Bird” by Annie LennoxBottom five
Ayanda Nhlangothi“Kiss from a Rose” by SealSafe
David Fourie“Hungry Eyes” by Eric CarmenEliminated
Cindy Bester“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne EllimanBottom four
Heinz Winckler“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by AerosmithSafe
Brandon October“Let’s Stay Together” by Al GreenSafe
Ezra Lingeveldt“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis ReddingSafe

Top 8

The Top 8 contestants of season 1 performed live on Sunday 26 May 2002.

Theme: “My Own Idol”

ContestantSongResult
Lyndle Kearns“Heaven’s What I Feel” by Gloria EstefanEliminated
Bianca Le Grange“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & FireSafe
Melanie Lowe“Careless Whisper” by George MichaelSafe
Ayanda Nhlangothi“Black Velvet” by Alannah MylesSafe
Cindy Bester“Time After Time” by Cyndi LauperEliminated
Heinz Winckler“Higher” by CreedSafe
Brandon October“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” by ChicagoSafe
Ezra Lingeveldt“Rosanna” by TotoBottom three

Top 6

Season 1 Top 6 contestants performed live on Sunday 2 June 2002.

Theme: “Proudly South African”

ContestantSongResult
Bianca Le Grange“Substitute” by CloutSafe
Melanie Lowe“Acid Rain” by Wendy OldfieldSafe
Ayanda Nhlangothi“Another Country” by Mango GrooveEliminated
Heinz Winckler“Shallow Waters” by Just JinjerSafe
Brandon October“Hurts So Bad” by Danny KBottom three
Ezra Lingeveldt“Starlight” by GrannysmithEliminated

Top 4 (Semi-final)

Season 1’s Top 4 contestants performed live on Sunday 9 June 2002 with each semi-finalists performing twice.

Theme: “Judges’ Choice”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Bianca Le Grange“Superwoman” by Karyn White“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula ColeEliminated
Melanie Lowe“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia“Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary MaryBottom two
Heinz Winckler“Every Breath You Take” by The Police“Soledad” by WestlifeSafe
Brandon October“Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden“Escape” by Enrique IglesiasSafe

Live Grand Finale

The season 1 Top 3 contestants (finalists) performed live for the public’s votes on Sunday 16 June 2002, the Grand Finale results were then revealed 24 hours later on Monday 17 June 2002.

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Melanie Lowe“Little Bird”“Acid Rain”“Every Single Thing”Third place
Heinz Winckler“Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”“Soledad”“Once in a Lifetime”Winner
Brandon October“She’s the One”“Let’s Stay Together”“Once in a Lifetime”Runner-up

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