Idols SA Season 12

Idols SA season 12 took place in 2016, this was Gareth Cliff’s last season as an Idols SA judge after being on the Idols SA judging panel for 11 consecutive seasons. For the first time in seven seasons, Idols SA crowned a female contestant as Pietermaritzburg’s Noma Khumalo was announced the winner with Thami Shobede being the runner-up. Regrettably Thami passed away in 2019 after suffering from an illness and complications.


Host: ProVerb

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

Winner: Noma Khumalo

Runner-up: Thami Shobede

Grand Finale Venue: Carnival City, Johannesburg

Original Network: Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)

Original Release: Sunday 17 July – Sunday 27 November 2016


Idols SA Season 12 judges Gareth Cliff, Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams, Somizi Mhlongo and presenter ProVerb
From Left to Right: Season 12 judges Gareth Cliff, Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams, Somizi Mhlongo and Idols SA presenter, ProVerb.

Gareth Cliff Firing & Lawsuit

On Friday 8 January 2016, M-Net fired Gareth Cliff from his role as an Idols SA judge. This was as a result of Cliff’s comments about a race debate around a white woman, Penny Sparrow. Responding to questions on whether to criminalize racist posts on social media, Gareth Cliff tweeted: “People really don’t understand free speech at all.”

Gareth’s remarks drew criticism from scores of people on social media with most of them threatening to boycott Idols South Africa, M-Net then reacted by relieving Cliff of his duties on Idols SA. Gareth responded by taking legal action against M-Net and on Tuesday 26 January 2016, he won a lawsuit against M-Net at the high court in Johannesburg. The judge ruled in Cliff’s favour and ordered that he is reinstated as a judge on Idols SA.

Read more about Gareth Cliff’s Firing & Lawsuit HERE.


Auditions

Season 12 auditions kicked off towards the end January in Durban and ended at the beginning of March 2016 in Cape Town.

Audition dates and venues

Audition DateAudition CityAudition Venue
Saturday 30 January 2016DurbanThe Playhouse Theatre
Saturday 6 February 2016PretoriaThe State Theatre
Sunday 28 February 2016JohannesburgCarnival City
Saturday 5 March 2016Cape TownGrandWest Casino & Entertainment World

Finalists

Top 16

The season 12 Top 16 contestants were revealed on Sunday 28 August 2016.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 16 Contestants
Season 12 Top 16 contestants.

NOTE: Ages stated at the time of contest on 28 August 2016

ContestantAgeGenderHometown
Amanda Kunene22FemaleDurban
Bevin Samuels19MalePort Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Keegan Martin23MaleRoodepoort, Gauteng
Lucia Jakeni26FemaleVereeniging, Gauteng
Lusanda Beja25MaleGugulethu, Western Cape
Nomalungelo Noxolo Khumalo22FemaleFemale
Nontobeko “Luke” Ntombela27FemaleEstcourt, KwaZulu-Natal
Nosihe Zama Zulu28FemaleFemale
Sanele Simphiwe Mkhize21MaleKwaZulu-Natal
Sgherdeed Ross28FemaleReiger Park, Boksburg
Thami Shobede28MaleMtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal
Siyakhanya Tshayela23FemaleVosloorus, East Rand
Tebogo Louw24MaleStellenbosch, Western Cape
Tersius “Terra” Cox28MaleEden Park, Alberton
Thamsanqa Vuyo Thabile Mathonisi20MaleKwaZulu-Natal
Valentine Mathe20FemaleMamelodi

The Top 16 contestants were then separated into two groups, Group One which was made up of only female contestants and Group Two which was made up of only male contestants.

Group One (Top 8 Females)

Group One contestants performed live on Sunday 4 September 2016 in a bid to book a spot in the Top 10.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 16 Female Contestants
The female contestants in season 12’s Top 16.

Theme: “Hits Of The Last Decade”

Group Performance: Group One (Top 8 Females) performed “Work” by Rihanna Ft. Drake

ContestantSongResult
Valentine Mathe“Halo” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Lucia Jakeni“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by AdeleAdvanced
Sgherdeed Ross“Deep In The Bottom (of Africa)” by Monique Bingham & Black CoffeeEliminated
Luke Ntombela“Yoga” by Janelle Monáe & JidennaEliminated
Noma Khumalo“Stay” by Rihanna Ft. Mikky EkkoAdvanced
Siyakha Tshayela“Valelisa” by Trademark & Zinhle NgidiDismissed
Amanda Kunene“Dangerous Woman” by Ariana GrandeEliminated
Nosihe Zulu“XO” by BeyoncéAdvanced

Group Two (Top 8 Males)

Group Two contestants performed live on Sunday 11 September 2016.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 16 Male Contestants
The male contestants in season 12’s Top 16 posing for a photo with Idols SA presenter, ProVerb.

Theme: “Hits Of The Last Decade”

Group Performance: Group Two (Top 8 Males) performed “Locked Away” by R. City Ft. Adam Levine

Guest Performer: Mpumi

ContestantSongResult
Thamsanqa“Akulalwa” by DJ Shimza Ft. Dr MalingaEliminated
Sanele Mkhize“One Call Away” by Charlie PuthAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“Back To Sleep” by Chris BrownAdvanced
Lusanda Beja“Thandiwe” by Vusi NovaEliminated
Tebogo Louw“Rainbow” by Black Motion Ft. Xoli MAdvanced
Thami Shobede“Hotline” Bling by DrakeAdvanced
Terra Cox“Bad Habits” by MaxwellAdvanced
Keegan Martin“Climax” by UsherAdvanced

Contestant Dismissal

On Thursday 15 September 2016, Siyakha Tshayela was dismissed from Idols SA season 12 as a result of a dispute between herself and an independent recording company.

Main Article: Siyakha Tshayela Dismissed From Idols SA Season 12


Top 10

The Top 10 contestants were revealed on Sunday 18 September 2016. The Idols SA live results show to reveal the season 12 Top 10 kicked off on a sombre note when host and executive producer ProVerb announced the passing of South African kwaito legend Mandoza. The man who united Mzansi with his cross-over chart topping hit, Nkalankatha, succumbed to cancer earlier in the day.

The performances then kicked off with Fifi Cooper and Emtee who performed their hit, “Koze Kuse”. They were quickly followed by Group One (Top 8 Females) who performed “Freedom” by Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar.

Season 9 winner Musa Sukewne and Afro-pop kingpin Robbie Malinga performed their ballad “Mthande”.

Group Two (Top 8 Males) performed a medley of Prince’s hits including “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry”.

The Ambitiouz Entertainment Crew then stepped on the Idols SA live stage and kept the tempo up with their energetic fusion of kwaito, hip hop and gqom, keeping the Pretoria State Theatre lit with “nu skool” fusion.

Black Motion and Dr Moruti performed their hit song “Heartless Intentions”.

In an ironic but fitting twist in light of a fallen kwaito giant, the closing performance of the evening featured Mandoza’s compatriots in kwaito greatness in the form of the 999 Music stablemates Arthur Mafokate, Chomee and Ishmael.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 10 Contestants
Season 12 Top 10 contestants.

The Top 10 contestants then performed a week later on Sunday 25 September 2016.

Theme: “Classic R’nB Hits From The ’90s”

ContestantSongResult
Keegan Martin“The Impossible Dream” by Luther VandrossAdvanced
Lucia Jakeni“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Faith EvansAdvanced
Sanele Mkhize“I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II MenEliminated
Noma Khumalo“My Love Is Your Love” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“Angels” by Robbie WilliamsAdvanced
Terra Cox“Tell Me What You Want Me To Do” by Tevin CampbellAdvanced
Nosihe Zulu“I’m Your Angel” by Céline Dion & R. KellyAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“Lately” by JodeciAdvanced
Thami Shobede“Un-Break My Heart” by Toni BraxtonAdvanced
Valentine Mathe“I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced

Top 10 Prizes

Just for making it into the Top 10, the finalists were rewarded with a wealth of fabulous prizes valued at over R85,000.

Check out the prizes below;

  • Telkom gave them communication freedom with a Huawei P9 cellphone, a Huawei 10-inch video pad, a Huawei router and a 20 GB FreeMe package all valued at over R20,000.
  • To accompany them on their Idols SA journey, Ford South Africa docked them up with a stylish hot shot suitcase while Truworths, South Africa’s leading fashion retailer loaded it with R5,000 worth of fashion.
  • They each received R10,000 cash from Mzansi Magic and from Shure, the most trusted audio brand in the world, wireless freedom in the PLX SN 58 microphone system plus a guitar or keyboard to the value of R10,000 from Yamaha.
  • To stay on fleek, they also received R4,000 Mizani haircare products and a MAC Cosmetics hamper valued at R22,000.

Top 9

The season 12 Top 9 contestants were revealed on Sunday 2 October 2016, they then performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 9 Contestants
Season 12 Top 9 contestants.

Theme: “Judges’ Choice”

Guest Performers: DJ Mshega and Busi N performed two songs, “Who” and “Get Down

ContestantSongResult
Terra Cox“New Flame” by Chris Brown Ft. Usher & Rick RossAdvanced
Noma Khumalo“Russian Roulette” by RihannaAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“Superman” by Black Coffee Ft. BucieAdvanced
Nosihe Zulu“All of Me” by John LegendAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“Love Yourself” by Justin BieberAdvanced
Lucia Jakeni“Breathe Again” by Toni BraxtonAdvanced
Keegan Martin“Kiss It Better” by RihannaAdvanced
Valentine Mathe“Doesn’t Mean Anything” by Alicia KeysEliminated
Thami Shobede“Sobabili” by Kelly Khumalo Ft. Robby MalingaAdvanced

Top 8

Season 12’s Top 8 contestants were revealed on Sunday 9 October 2016 after which they performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 8 Contestants
Season 12 Top 8 contestants.

Group Performance: Top 9 contestants performed “Lean On Me” by Kirk Franklin

Guest Performers: Donald, DreamTeam

ContestantSongResult
Thami Shobede“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie WonderAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“I’ll Be There” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Keegan Martin“Nguwe” by NtandoAdvanced
Lucia Jakeni“Afrika Viva Tau” by Lesego Ft. Jaziel BrothersAdvanced
Terra Cox“Will You Be There” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Noma Khumalo“Without You” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“The World’s Greatest” by R. KellyAdvanced
Nosihe Zulu“Ingoma” by Thandiswa MazwaiEliminated

On Friday 14 October 2016, the Top 8 contestants and Gareth Cliff were at East Rand Mall’s Oval Court for a fans’ meet and greet courtesy of Idols SA sponsor Telkom. Below are some photos from the event.

Season 12 Top 8 contestants East Rand fans meet and greet 4
Season 12 Top 8 contestants East Rand fans meet and greet 4
Season 12 Top 8 contestants East Rand fans meet and greet 4
Season 12 Top 8 contestants East Rand fans meet and greet 4

Top 7

The Top 7 contestants of season 12 were revealed on Sunday 16 October 2016, they also performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 7 Contestants
Season 12 Top 7 contestants.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Group Performance: Top 8 contestants performed “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

Guest Performers: Mabala Noise crew including Du Bois, Gigi LaMayne, Nasty C and Ricky Rick

ContestantSongResult
Noma Khumalo“Sweet Dreams” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“Rock With You” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Keegan Martin“Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” by UsherEliminated
Lucia Jakeni“Destiny” by MalaikaAdvanced
Terra Cox“Love on the Brain” by RihannaAdvanced
Thami Shobede“Closer” by Ne-YoAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“Treasure” by Bruno MarsAdvanced

Top 6

Season 12’s Top 6 contestants were revealed on Sunday 23 October 2016, they then went ahead to perform live.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 6 Contestants
Season 12 Top 6 contestants.

Theme: “Viewers’ Choices”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Tebogo Louw“Intliziyo” by Nathi“These Arms” by All-4-OneAdvanced
Lucia Jakeni“A Couple Of Forevers” by Chrisette Michele“At Last” by Etta JamesAdvanced
Thami Shobede“All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James“Sandcastles” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Bevin Samuels“Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell“Diamonds” by RihannaEliminated
Terra Cox“It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” by Céline Dion“Alive” by SiaAdvanced
Noma Khumalo“Ngifuna Lo” by Karabo“Giving Myself” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced

Top 5

The Top 5 contestants of season 12 were revealed on Sunday 30 October 2016, after which they all performed live.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 5 Contestants and Presenter ProVerb
Season 12 Top 5 contestants and Idols SA Presenter, ProVerb.

Themes:
“How It Should Have Been Done”
“My Idol”

Guest Performers: Black Coffee, Lira, Zakes Bantwini and J’Something

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Lucia Jakeni“If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time” by R. Kelly“Phakade” by LiraEliminated
Thami Shobede“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James BrownAdvanced
Noma Khumalo“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban“Heaven” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“We Found Love” by Ed Sheeran“Fire On The Mountain” by AsaAdvanced
Terra Cox“Hello” by Adele“If It’s Over” by Mariah CareyAdvanced

Top 4

Season 12’s Top 4 contestants were revealed on Sunday 6 November 2016, they then performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 4 Contestants
Season 12 Top 4 contestants.

Themes:
“Mentor’s Choice”
“soul Hits”

Guest Mentors: Simphiwe Dana, Donald, Khaya Mthethwa and JR

Guest Performer: Amanda Black

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Noma Khumalo“Ndiredi” by Simphiwe Dana“The Weakness In Me” by Keisha WhiteAdvanced
Tebogo Louw“So Hot” by JR Ft. Tee Pee“Her Heart” by Anthony HamiltonAdvanced
Thami Shobede“Over The Moon” by Donald“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam CookeAdvanced
Terra Cox“How Do You Love” by Khaya Mthethwa & The Uprising“Sweet Love” by Anita BakerEliminated

New York Trip

Right after their Top 4 performances on Sunday 6 November 2016, the Top 4 contestants, Terra Cox, Noma Khumalo, Tebogo Louw and Thami Shobede jetted off to New York for a trip courtesy of Idols SA, accompanied by Idols SA presenter, ProVerb and judge, Gareth Cliff.

Main Article: Idols SA Season 12 Top 4 Contestants’ New York Trip


Top 3

The season 12 Top 3 contestants were revealed on Sunday 13 November 2016, after which they performed live on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 3 Contestants
Season 12 Top 3 contestants.

Guest Performers: Shekhinah, she performed “Your Eyes

Duets:
Tebogo Louw and Thami Shobede performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by George Michael & Elton John
Noma Khumalo and Terra Cox performed “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton & Babyface

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Tebogo Louw“Lengoma” by Zahara“You Are Not Alone on piano” by Michael JacksonEliminated
Thami Shobede“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin GayeAdvanced
Noma Khumalo“As We Lay” by Kelly Price“Daddy Lessons” by BeyoncéAdvanced

On Wenesday 16 November 2016, the Top 3 contestants were guests on Vuzu TV’s VEntertainment show at 18:00.

On Friday 18 November 2016, the Top 3 contestants were at ‘Menlyn Mall Pretoria’ from 18:00 to meet their fans.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 3 at Menlyn Mall Pretoria
From Left to Right: Noma Khumalo, Tebogo Louw and Thami Shobede at Menlyn Mall Pretoria.

Top 2

The Top 2 contestants were revealed on Sunday 20 November 2016, they also performed lve on this same day.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 2 Contestants, Thami Shobede and Noma Khumalo
Season 12 Top 2 Contestants, Thami Shobede and Noma Khumalo.

Group Performance: Top 10 contestants ( minus Tebogo, Noma & Thami ) performed “Together Again” by Janet Jackson

Guest Performers: Bucie, The Kalawa Jazmee crew and Mdu Masilela

Top 3 Contestants New Singles’ Performances:
Noma Khumalo performed her new single “Want It To Fell Like It Did With You
Thami Shobede sang his new single “Sthandwa
Tebogo Louw performed his new single “Do It Again

Themes:
“Contestant’s Choice”
“Contestant’s Seasons Best”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Noma Khumalo“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Hudson“Stay” by Rihanna Ft. Mikky EkkoWinner
Thami Shobede“Sorry” by Justin Bieber“All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta JamesRunner-up

The Top 2 Contestants, Thami Shobede and Noma Khumalo attended a Grand Finale press conference organised by Mzansi Magic on Friday 25 November 2016.

Idols SA Season 12 Top 2 Contestants Mzansi Magic Grand Finale Press Conference
Idols SA Season 12 Top 2 Contestants Mzansi Magic Grand Finale Press Conference

Grand Finale

The season 12 Grand Finale took place on Sunday 27 November 2016 at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Johannesburg.

Performances

Duets

Noma Khumalo and Nathi performed “Nomakanjani” by Nathi Ft. Vusi Nova

Thami Shobede and Kelly Khumalo performed “Sobabili” by Kelly Khumalo Ft. Robby Malinga

Idols SA Season 12 Grand Finale Noma Khumalo and Nathi duet
Grand Finale: Noma Khumalo and Nathi performing their duet.
Idols SA Season 12 Thami Shobede and Kelly Khumalo duet
Grand Finale: Thami Shobede and Kelly Khumalo performing their duet.
Other Performances

Top 10 contestants performed “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris Ft. Rihanna

AKA performed two new singles

Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane also performed

Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi reunited with her kwaito collaborator Zola to perform

Top 10 contestants performed “Flawless” by Beyoncé

Idols SA season 12 Wooden Mic winner, Mbishop Shezi performed an operatic duet that had the crowd their feet

Noma Khumalo (accompanied by the reigning winners of Clash of The Choirs) performed “Without You” by Mariah Carey

Thami Shobede (accompanied by the reigning winners of Clash of The Choirs) performed “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder

Noma Khumalo (after being announced the winner) performed her new single “Want It To Fell Like It Did With You

Noma Khumalo performs at the Idols SA Season 12 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Noma Khumalo performs “Without You” by Mariah Carey.
Thami Shobede performs at the Idols SA Season 12 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Thami Shobede performs “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder.
Idols SA Season 12 Wooden Mic Winner, Mbishop Shezi and judge Somizi Mhlongo performing
Grand Finale: Season 12 Wooden Mic winner, Mbishop Shezi and judge Somizi Mhlongo performing.

Winner and Runner-up Announcement

Substitute teacher, Noma Khumalo was announced the winner of Idols South Africa season 12 with Thami Shobede being the runner-up after a record vote that saw over 83 million votes cast throughout the entire Season 12.

Thami Shobede and Noma Khumalo at the Idols SA Season 12 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Thami Shobede and Noma Khumalo holding hands a few seconds before the Season 12 winner was announced.
Noma Khumalo cries after winning Idols SA Season 12
Grand Finale: Noma Khumalo sheds tears of joy after being announced as the Season 12 winner.

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