Idols SA Season 11

Idols SA season 11 took place in 2015. The live performances took place at the State Theatre in Pretoria, courtesy of the Idols SA vehicle sponsor, Ford South Africa and the duration of each episode was increased to two hours instead of the usual an hour and a half, starting at 17:00. Somizi Mhlongo was added to the judging panel and he was revealed as a fourth judge at the first auditions in Pretoria on Saturday 31 January 2015.


Host: ProVerb

Judges: Gareth Cliff, Somizi Mhlongo, Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams

Winner: Karabo Mogane

Runner-up: Mmatema Moremi

Original Network: M-Net (DStv channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)

Original Release: Sunday 12 July – Sunday 22 November 2015


Idols SA Season 11 Presenter ProVerb and Judges, Gareth Cliff, Unathi Nkayi, Somizi Mhlongo and Randall Abrahams
From Left to Right: Season 11 Presenter, ProVerb and Judges, Gareth Cliff, Unathi Nkayi, Somizi Mhlongo and Randall Abrahams.

Auditions

Auditions for season 11 kicked off at the end of January and ended at the beginning of March, as usual they were held in four cities namely; Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Audition dates and venues

Audition DateAudition CityAudition VenueGolden Tickets
Saturday 31 January 2015PretoriaState Theatre19
Saturday 7 February 2015Cape TownGrand West18
Saturday 21 February 2015DurbanThe Playhouse Theatre16
Sunday 1 March 2015JohannesburgCarnival City25

Theatre Week

Top 29

The Top 29 contestants were revealed on Sunday 9 August 2015 after standing out amongst thousands in the regional auditions all across South Africa, and survived the disastrous Groups Phase at Sun City. They performed live on Sunday 16 Aug 2015 in order to get spots in the Top 16, these solo performances were done in presence of the judges, the media and hard core Idols fans from across the country.

ContestantAgeHometown
Amanda Antony21Port Elizabeth
Amy Lombard29Cape Town
Bridgitt Leahy18Creighton
Busisiwe Mthembu22Springs
Chrystal Worship26Cape Town
Daniel Minnie19Port Elizabeth
Dineo Moseki21Vryburg
Elwira Standili22Worcester
John Niel24Pretoria
Karabo Mogane23Nelspruit
Lihle Buthelezi27Ladysmith
Loyiso Gijana16Uitenhage
Lungisa Xhamela24Cape Town
Mandla Bacela29Butterworth
Matthew Kent22Cape Town
Mlondi Mkhize25Illovo
Mmatema Moremi22Pretoria
Nadia Herbst20Paarl
Ndumiso Mahlangu21Carolina
Nina Terblanche17Nelspruit
Nonhle Mhlongo29Durban
Phila Madlingozi25Johannesburg
Rhema Vairrie20Alberton
Ruan Grobbelaar24Cape Town
Shenay O’ Brien24Johannesburg
Siphelele Ngcobo24Durban
Sizwe Mthalane20Cato Ridge
Tebogo Louw23Stellenbosch
Thami Shobede26Johannesburg

Finalists

Top 16

The Top 16 contestants were revealed on Sunday 23 August 2015.

NOTE: Ages stated at the time of contest on 23 August 2015.

ContestantAgeGenderHometown
Amanda Antony22FemalePort Elizabeth
Bridgitt Leahy18FemaleCreighton
Dineo Moseki21FemaleVryburg
Elwira Standili22FemaleWorcester
Karabo Mogane24MaleNelspruit
Loyiso Gijana16MaleUitenhage
Lungisa Xhamela24MaleLanga, Cape Town
Mmatema Moremi23FemalePretoria
Nadia Herbst20FemalePaarl
Nina Terblanche17FemaleNelspruit
Phila Madlingozi25MaleJohannesburg
Rhema Varrie21MaleAlberton
Ruan Grobbelaar24MaleSomerset West
Shenay O’Brien25FemaleJohannesburg
Siphelele Ngcobo24MaleDurban
Thami Shobede27MaleJohannesburg

Main Article: Idols SA Season 11 Top 16 Contestants And Their Profiles

NOTE: 29-year-old Nonhle Mhlongo from Durban was supposed to be in the Top 16 but she withdrew from the competition because of a clash of commitments. She had signed a recording contract a couple of months before auditioning for Idols SA and wasn’t able to organise a temporary release from it to pursue Idols SA. The judges conferred and unanimously decided to give her spot to 21-year-old Amanda Antony from Port Elizabeth.

Main Article: Nonhle Mhlongo Withdraws From Idols SA

The Top 16 contestants were then divided into two groups, Group One which consisted of eight male contestants and Group Two which consisted on eight female contestants. They were all singing for a spot in the Top 10, which would automatically win them R10,000 – a new addition to the show this season.

Group One (Top 8 Males)

Contestants in Group One performed live on Sunday 30 August 2015.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 16 boys
The eight male contestants in the Top 16.

Guest Performer: Maleh performed her smash hit “You Make My Heart Go”.

Group Performance: Group One (Top 8 males) performed “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson’s and Bruno Mars

ContestantSongResult
Siphelele Ngcobo“Cheerleader” by OMIAdvanced
Phila Madlingozi“Ungowami” by Uhuru Ft. Speedy, Wizkid & DonaldEliminated
Thami Shobede“Photograph” by Ed SheeranEliminated
Karabo Mogane“I’m Not The Only One” by Sam SmithAdvanced
Rhema Varrie“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed SheeranAdvanced
Lungisa Xhamela“Touchin, Lovin” by Trey Songz Ft. Nicki MinajAdvanced
Loyiso Gijana“Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith Ft. John LegendAdvanced
Ruan Grobbelaar“Blame It On Me” by George EzraEliminated

Group Two (Top 8 Females)

Contestants in Group Two performed live on Sunday 6 September 2015.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 16 girls
The eight female contestants in the Top 16.
ContestantSongResult
Mmatema Moremi“Ghost” by Ella HendersonAdvanced
Nina Terblanche“Better In The Morning” by BlackbyrdEliminated
Amanda Antony“Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé Ft. Jay ZAdvanced
Elwira Standili“Style” by Taylor SwiftAdvanced
Bridgitt Leahy“Lips Are Movin” by Meghan TrainorEliminated
Nadia Herbst“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie GouldingAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“Chandelier” by SiaAdvanced
Shenay O’Brien“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki MinajEliminated

Top 10

The Top 10 contestants were revealed on Sunday 13 September 2015. The live results show to reveal the Top 10 was kicked off with a performance from DBN Nytes and Zinhle Ngidi.

Group One (Top 8 males) performed “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth after which Group Two (Top 8 females) also took to the Idols SA live stage for a group performance.

Season 8’s Shekhinah Donnell and season 10’s Kyle Deutsch performed their song “Back to the Beach”. Riky Rick and Major League Djz then wrapped up their live results show with with their smash hit, “Slyza Tsotsi”.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 10 Contestants
Season 11 Top 10 contestants.

The Top 10 contestants then performed a week later on Sunday 20 September 2015.

Theme: “Judges Playlist”

ContestantSongResult
Elwira Standili“Without You” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Amanda Antony“Say You Love Me” by Jessie WareAdvanced
Karabo Mogane“I Try” by Macy GrayAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“Blank Space” by Taylor SwiftAdvanced
Siphelele Ngcobo“Soul in Mind” by LiraAdvanced
Rhema Varrie“Man In The Mirror” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Lungisa Xhamela“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by George MichaelAdvanced
Nadia Herbst“Take A Bow” by RihannaEliminated
Loyiso Gijana“Next To Me” by Emeli SandéAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“River Deep – Mountain High” by Tina TurnerAdvanced

Top 10 Prizes

Just for making it to the Top 10, each of the 10 contestants was rewarded with the following amazing prizes:

  • A R17,000 prize package from Telkom, including 40GB super fast data with an LTE router, a Huawei Youth Pad, as well as a Huawei P8 with airtime to the value of R2,500
  • Personalised Idols SA luggage from Ford
  • R5,000 of fashion courtesy of Truworths
  • The SHURE BLX-R SM58 Wireless Microphone System
  • Musical equipment from Yamaha to the value of R9,000

Top 9

The Top 9 contestants of season 11 were revealed on Sunday 27 September 2015, they went ahead and performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 9 Contestants
Season 11 Top 9 contestants.

Theme: “Songs With Strings”, inspired by The Parlotones

Guest Mentors & Performers: TiMO ODV and Sarah Jackson

ContestantSongResult
Karabo Mogane“Rolling In The Deep” by AdeleAdvanced
Siphelele Ngcobo“Nizalwa Ngobani” by Thandiswa MazwaiAdvanced
Loyiso Gijana“Gravity” by Sara BareillesAdvanced
Elwira Standili“Hurt” by Christina AguileraEliminated
Lungisa Xhamela“Hurricane” by Eric BenétAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“Warrior” by Demi LovatoAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“Broken-Hearted Girl” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Amanda Antony“Because Of You” by Kelly ClarksonAdvanced
Rhema Varrie“This Time” by John LegendAdvanced

Top 8

Season 11 Top 8 contestants were revealed on Sunday 4 October 2015 after which they performed live.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 8 Contestants
Season 11 Top 8 contestants.

Theme: “The ’80s Hits”

Guest Mentor & Performer: Jennifer Rush

ContestantSongResult
Loyiso Gijana“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrinAdvanced
Amanda Antony“Paradise Road” by JoyAdvanced
Lungisa Xhamela“Time After Time” by Cyndi LauperEliminated
Siphelele Ngcobo“Say You, Say Me” by Lionel RichieAdvanced
Rhema Varrie“If You Don’t Know Me by Now” by Simply RedAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“Heaven” by Bryan AdamsAdvanced
Karabo Mogane“Last Christmas” by Wham!Advanced
Mmatema Moremi“Weekend Special” by Brenda FassieAdvanced

Top 7

The Top 7 contestants were revealed on Sunday 11 October 2015, they then performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 7 Contestants
Season 11 Top 7 contestants.

Theme: “Showstopper” with special choreography by Lee-Ché

Guest Mentor & Performer: ChianoSky, she performed the song, “Dancing with VAM

ContestantSongResult
Amanda Antony“Forget You” by CeeLo GreenEliminated
Rhema Varrie“Fine China” by Chris BrownAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Siphelele Ngcobo“Somandla” by MpumiAdvanced
Loyiso Gijana“Don’t Look Down” by Martin Garrix Ft. UsherAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“One Last Time” by Ariana GrandeAdvanced
Karabo Mogane“Blame” by Calvin Harris Ft. John NewmanAdvanced

Top 6

Season 11 Top 6 contestants were revealed on Sunday 18 October 2015, they also performed live on this very day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 6 Contestants
Season 11 Top 6 contestants.

Theme: “The ’90s vs Today”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Karabo Mogane“Water Runs Dry” by Boyz II Men“Someone New” by HozierAdvanced
Dineo Moseki“Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill“Rafael” by BeatenbergEliminated
Rhema Varrie“High and Dry” by Radiohead“Counting Stars” by OneRepublicAdvanced
Siphelele Ngcobo“I Can Love You Like That” by All-4-One“Nomvula” by NathiAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” by Deborah Cox“Hold My Hand” by Jess GlynneAdvanced
Loyiso Gijana“It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men“Hold Back The River” by James BayAdvanced

Top 5

The Top 5 contestants of season 11 were revealed on Sunday 25 October 2015, and they also performed live on this very day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 5 Contestants
Season 11 Top 5 contestants.

Themes:
“How It Should Be Done”
“Viewers’ Choice”

Guest Performer: Carly Rae Jepsen, she performed her hit smash, “Run Away With Me

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Rhema Varrie“Billionaire” by Bruno Mars Ft. Travie McCoy“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy SledgeAdvanced
Karabo Mogane“Fallin’” by Alicia Keys“Ekuseni” by Ringo MadlingoziAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Loyiso Gijana“Ndiza” by Zahara“One Love” by Bob Marley & The WailersEliminated
Siphelele Ngcobo“So High” by John Legend“Inkomo” by The SoilAdvanced
Carly Rae Jepsen - Idols SA Season 11 Top 5 Guest Performer
Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress Carly Rae Jepsen who was the guest performer at the Top 5 show poses for a photo backstage.

Top 4

Season 11’s Top 4 contestants were revealed on Sunday 1 November 2015, they also performed live on this day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 4 Contestants
Season 11 Top 4 contestants.

Theme: “My Idols”

Guest Mentor: Ben Haenow

Guest Performer: Busiswa, she performed her smash hit, “Lahla

Group Performance: Top 5 performed “Something I Need” by OneRepublic

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Mmatema Moremi“Because You Loved Me” by Céline Dion“Lose to Win” by FantasiaAdvanced
Siphelele Ngcobo“Feel Good” by Lira“Kum naKum” by Ringo MadlingoziEliminated
Karabo Mogane“So Amazing” by Luther Vandross“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James BrownAdvanced
Rhema Varrie“I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James“Sexual Healing” by Marvin GayeAdvanced

The Top 4 contestants got a little break from the tension with a fully expenses paid trip to London for a surprise musical experience, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 4 Contestants, Rhema Varrie, Siphelele Ngcobo, Mmatema Moremi and Karabo Mogane in London
Left To Right: Season 11 Top 4 Contestants, Rhema Varrie, Siphelele Ngcobo, Mmatema Moremi and Karabo Mogane in London.

Top 3

The Top 3 contestants of season 11 were revealed on Sunday 8 November 2015, they also performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 3 Contestants
From Left to Right: Season 11 Top 3 contestants, Rhema Varrie, Mmatema Moremi and Karabo Mogane.

Theme: “Inspired by Groups and Bands”

Guest Performers:
Gangs of Ballet performed “Always”
Khuli Chana and Patoranking performed “No Lie”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Rhema Varrie“Adorn” by Miguel“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5Eliminated
Karabo Mogane“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green“Umthwalo” by ZaharaAdvanced
Mmatema Moremi“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan“Happiness” by Mafikizolo Ft. May DAdvanced

Duets:
Mmatema Moremi and Rhema Varrie performed “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande & The Weeknd
Karabo Mogane and Siphelele Ngcobo performed “Thando” by Lloyd Cele Ft. Loyiso Bala

Karabo Mogane and Siphelele Ngcobo Idols SA Season 11 duet
Karabo Mogane and Siphelele Ngcobo shortly before performing their duet at the Top 3 Reveal live show.
Mmatema Moremi and Rhema Varrie Idols SA Season 11 duet
Mmatema Moremi and Rhema Varrie shortly before performing their duet at the Top 3 Reveal live show.

Top 2

The Season 11 Top 2 contestants were revealed on Sunday 15 November 2015, they then performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 11 Top 2 Contestants
From Left to Right: Season 11 Top 2 contestants, Mmatema Moremi and Karabo Mogane.

Themes:
“Producers’ Choice”
“New Single”
“Showstopper Song”

ContestantFirst SongSecond Song (New Single)Third SongResult
Karabo Mogane“Home” by Michael Bublé“Ding Dong”“Blame” by Calvin Harris Ft. John NewmanWinner
Mmatema Moremi“Hello” by Adele“Because Of You”“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney HoustonRunner-up

Group Performance: Top 10 performed “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake Ft. MØ

Guest Performances:
DJ Fisherman, Naak MusiQ, DJ Tira, DreamTeam & Danger performed “Call Out
Danny K and Anatii performed “For The Girls

The Top 2 contestants Karabo Mogane and Mmatema Moremi toured Cape Town and Durban as part of their final drive for votes before the Grand Finale. They arrived in Cape Town at night on Tuesday 17 November 2015 and performed live at Canal Walk the next day on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 15:00, they then departed for Durban immediately afterwards.

The Top 2 then arrived at King Shaka International Airport in Durban at 22:00 on Wednesday night and performed at The Workshop on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 13:00.

Voting for the Idols SA season 11 winner closed on Friday 20 November 2015 at 22:00.


Grand Finale

The season 11 Grand Finale took place on Sunday 22 November 2015.

For the very first time, the Idols SA grand finale was broadcast in 5.1 surround sound.

Karabo Mogane getting a haircut in preparation for the Idols SA Season 11 Grand Finale
Karabo Mogane getting a haircut in preparation for the Grand Finale.
Mmatema Moremi getting a hairdo in preparation for the Idols SA Season 11 Grand Finale
Mmatema Moremi during a hairdo and makeup session in preparation for the Grand Finale.
Idols SA judge, Somizi Mhlongo at the Season 11 Grand Finale
Judge Somizi Mhlongo debuted a new controversial hair style at the Grand Finale.

Performances

Duets

Mmatema Moremi and J’Something performed “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel

Karabo Mogane and Judith Sephuma performed “I Knew You Were Waiting” by George Michael & Aretha Franklin

Mmatema Moremi and J'Something at the Idols SA Season 11 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Mmatema Moremi and musician J’Something shortly before performing their duet.
Karabo Mogane and Judith Sephuma at the Idols SA Season 11 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Karabo Mogane and celebrated singer Judith Sephuma shortly before performing their duet.
Other Performances

Top 10 contestants performed “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Top 10 contestants performed “Freedom” by Pharrell Williams

Emtee and DJ Citi Lyts performed “Roll Up

Nakhane Toure and Somizi performed “We Dance Again

Mi Casa performed “Chocolat

Vincent Bones was joined on stage by local hip hop star Kwesta during a performance that will see Bones perform two songs of his debut album, ‘Shaded Soul’, which was released in May 2015

Karabo Mogane performed “Ding Dong

Winner and Runner-up Announcement

Karabo Mogane was announced as the winner of Idols SA season 11 after he secured the lion’s share of the more than 16 million votes cast for him and runner-up Mmatema Moremi during the Grand Finale week.

Karabo Mogane wins Idols SA season 11
Karabo Mogane and Mmatema Moremi on the Idols stage shortly before the Season 11 winner was announced by Idols SA presenter, ProVerb.

For the first time ever, the new Idols SA winner’s song “Ding Dong” was also available within two weeks of the Grand Finale, in time to land up in Christmas stockings across South Africa.


Voting Results

The Idols South Africa season 11 voting results were released to the public on Monday 7 December 2015.

Main article: Idols South Africa Season 11 voting results

Season chronology:
« ( Season 10 ) Previous | Next ( Season 12 ) »

You cannot copy content of this page