Idols SA Season 14

Idols SA season 14 took place in 2018, the winner was Yanga Sobetwa and the runner-up was Thato Makape. It was hosted by ProVerb, the judges were Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo.

Idols SA Season 14 Presenter, ProVerb and Judges Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo
From Left to Right: Season 14 Presenter, ProVerb and judges Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo.

Season Guide:

Judges:Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo
Winner:Yanga Sobetwa
Runner-up:Thato Makape
Grand Finale Venue:Carnival City
Original Network:Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)
Start Date:Sunday 8 July 2018
End Date:Sunday 18 November 2018


The season 14 Auditions kicked off on Saturday 20 January 2018 and ended on Saturday 3 March 2018.

Audition dates and venues

DurbanNorth Beach AmphitheatreSaturday 20 January 2018
Cape TownCentury City Conference CentreSaturday 27 January 2018
PretoriaThe State TheatreSaturday 10 February 2018
JohannesburgCarnival CitySaturday 24 February 2018

Just like in the previous year, Telkom Pop Up auditions were also held in a way that auditions were extended to three other cities due to widespread demand.

Telkom Pop Up Auditions:

BloemfonteinMimosa MallSaturday 3 February 2018
Port ElizabethBoardwalk Casino & HotelSaturday 17 February 2018
PolokwaneSavannah MallSaturday 3 March 2018

Top 31

Idols SA season 14 Top 31 contestants had their Solo performances of Theatre Week on Sunday 12 August 2018.

Xae“Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia KeysAdvanced
Blessed“I Learned From The Best” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Vanessa“Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé Ft. Jay-ZEliminated
Miche“For You I Will” by MonicaEliminated
Wattahmelon“How Come You Don’t Call Me” by Alicia KeysAdvanced
Sandile“Ngeke Ndiphinde” by Jaziel BrothersAdvanced
Mnqobi“All That I Am” by JoeAdvanced
Lincoln“Love Yourself” by Justin BieberAdvanced
Niyaaz“Jealous” by Nick JonasAdvanced
Yanga“Heaven” by Emeli SandéAdvanced
Sibongiseni“Kiss It Better” by RihannaEliminated
Moses“Miss Independent” by Ne-YoEliminated
Nolitha“If I Don’t Have You” by Tamar BraxtonEliminated
Thatho“I’m Not The Only One” by Sam SmithAdvanced
Victor“Ndikuthandile” by Vusi NovaAdvanced
Thando“Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley Ft. Lauryn HillAdvanced
King B“At Last” by Etta JamesAdvanced
Bongiwe“Almost Doesn’t Count” by BrandyAdvanced
Xola“You Put A Move On My Heart” by TamiaEliminated
Mthokozisi“Dominoes” by Brian TembaAdvanced
Nosipho“Don’t Stop The Music” by RihannaAdvanced
Nqoba“Ndawo Yami” by ZamajobeEliminated
Treasure“I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd Ft. Daft PunkEliminated
Fu’aad“Sexy Love” by Ne-YoEliminated
Gina“Spanish Guitar” by Toni BraxtonEliminated
Snenhlanhla“This Time” by John LegendEliminated
Black Pepper“Uthando” by Kelly KhumaloEliminated
Andy Keys“Back At One” by Brian McKnightEliminated
Junior“You Make Me Wanna” by UsherEliminated
Dalene“Be Without You” by Mary J. BligeAdvanced
Ntokozo“Back To Black” by Amy WinehouseAdvanced


Top 16

The season 14 Top 16 contestants were revealed on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 16 Contestants
Season 14 Top 16 contestants.
Basimane Melato (King B)20Kagiso
Bongiwe Mdaka23Melelani, Mpumalanga
Dalene Swartz21Eldorado Park, Johannesburg
Lethabo Ramatsui (Wattahmelon)18Atteridgeville, Pretoria
Lincoln Lewis22Ravensmead, Cape Flats
Mnqobi Dlamini21Piet Retief
Mthokozisi Ngcobo20Umlazi, Durban
Niyaaz Arendse22Cape Town
Nosipho Silinda17Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
Ntokozo Makhathini18Witbank
Sandile Skosana26Tsakane, Ekurhuleni
Thando Mngomezulu19Alberton, Gauteng
Thato Makape23Postmasburg, Northern Cape
Victor Matalane25Riba Cross, Limpopo
Yanga Sobetwa16Delft, Cape Town
Zamagambu Memela (Xae)19Pinetown, Durban

Main Article: Idols SA Season 14 Top 16 Contestants

The Top 16 were then divided into two groups, Group A consisting of only male contestants and Group B consisting of only female contestants.

Group A (Males)

Male contestants of the Top 16 performed on Sunday 26 August 2018.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 16 - Male Contestants
Male contestants of the season 14 Top 16.

Theme: “Best Selling Male Artists Of The 21st Century”

Group Performances: Top 16 Group A (Males) performed “Treat Her Like A Lady” and “Lady Soul” by The Temptations

Guest Performers: Mlindo The Vocalist and DJ Maphorisa performed “AmaBlesser

Victor Matalane“Nguwe” by Vusi NovaEliminated
Mthokozisi Ngcobo“So Amazing” by Luther VandrossAdvanced
Mnqobi Dlamini“Hold on, We’re Going Home” by Drake Ft. Majid JordanEliminated
Sandile Skosana“Nomvula” by NathiEliminated
Lincoln Lewis“Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam SmithAdvanced
Thato Makape“With You” by Chris BrownAdvanced
King B“Stay with Me” by Sam SmithAdvanced
Niyaaz Arendse“Mirrors” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced

Group B (Females)

Female contestants of the Top 16 performed on Sunday 2 September 2018.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 16 - Female Contestants
Female contestants of the season 14 Top 16.

Theme: “Best Selling Female Artists Of The 21st Century”

Group Performances: Top 16 Group B (Females) performed “Run The World” and “Formation” by Beyoncé

Guest Performers: Shekhinah and Mariechan performed “Different

Thando Mngomezulu“Giving Myself” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced
Bongiwe Mdaka“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth Ft. Emeli SandéEliminated
Wattahmelon“Lose To Win” by FantasiaEliminated
Nosipho Silinda“Alive” by SiaAdvanced
Xae“Broken Clocks” by SZAAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Don’t You Remember” by AdeleAdvanced
Ntokozo Makhathini“Ndiza” by ZaharaAdvanced
Dalene Swartz“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” by Whitney HoustonEliminated

Top 10

The season 14 Top 10 contestants were revealed on Sunday 9 September 2018 during a Star studded live show that saw Idols SA presenter, ProVerb get some help from some of South Africa’s most popular entertainers who provided a bit of reprieve from the tension.

Before the Top 10 contestants were revealed, the judges announced that they would not use their wild card picks this season. Instead, they gave the voting power to South Africa, and the two contestants with the most votes from the “Maybe” list were put through.

Guest performers of the evening:

  • Tipcee and Joejo performed “Fakaza
  • Thami Shobede performed “I Love You
  • Heavy K and Ntombi performed “Let Them Talk
  • Lady Zamar performed “It’s You Dreaming
  • DJ Maphorisa, DJ Raybel, Moonchild Sanelly and Zulu Mkhathini performed “iWalk Ye Phara
  • TDK Macassette
Idols SA Season 14 Top 10 Contestants
Season 14 Top 10 contestants.

The Top 10 contestants then performed a week later on Sunday 16 September 2018.

Theme: “Judges’ Playlist”

Nosipho Silinda“Collide” by Lady ZamarAdvanced
Mthokozisi Ngcobo“Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” by MaxwellEliminated
Lincoln Lewis“Sondela” by Ringo MadlingoziAdvanced
Xae“Please Mr” by ShekhinahAdvanced
Niyaaz Arendse“Perfect” by Ed SheeranAdvanced
Ntokozo Makhathini“Fill Me Up” by Tasha CobbsAdvanced
Thato Makape“I Got You” by EncoreAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha FranklinAdvanced
King B“Love On The Brain” by RihannaAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Amazulu” by Amanda BlackAdvanced

Top 10 Prizes

Dealing with the pressure and hectic work schedules that come with being an Idols SA contestant is no easy feat, that is why the Top 10 contestants were massively rewarded for their perseverance with some pretty awesome perks valued at over R50,000 courtesy of the Idols SA sponsors, Telkom, Ford, Capitec, Truworths and Yamaha.

Top 9

Season 14 Top 9 contestants were revealed on Sunday 23 September 2018 and they performed live on the same day.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 9 Contestants
Season 14 Top 9 contestants.

Theme: “Kicking It Old School”

Group Performance: Top 10 contestants performed “Ndihamba Nawe” by Mafikizolo

Lincoln Lewis“Pony” by GinuwineAdvanced
Xae“That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet JacksonAdvanced
Niyaaz Arendse“Forever” by DamageAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Before You Walk Out of My Life” by MonicaAdvanced
Thato Makape“If I Ever Fall in Love” by ShaiAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s ChildAdvanced
Nosipho Silinda“Open Arms” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Ntokozo Makhathini“He Wasn’t Man Enough” by Toni BraxtonEliminated
King B“Remember The Time” by Michael JacksonAdvanced

Top 8

Season 14 Top 8 contestants were revealed on Sunday 30 September 2018, they then performed live.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 8 Contestants
Season 14 Top 8 contestants.

Theme: “Orchestral Delight”

Group Performance: Top 9 contestants (accompanied by solo instrumentalist Davina Mae Gordon and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra) performed “Symphony” by Clean Bandit Ft. Zara Larsson

Guest Performer: Kwesta ( accompanied by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra ) performed “Spirit

Niyaaz Arendse“Take Me To Church” by HozierAdvanced
Xae“Cranes in the Sky” by SolangeAdvanced
King B“Loliwe” by ZaharaAdvanced
Nosipho Silinda“Hurt” by Christina AguileraAdvanced
Lincoln Lewis“Elastic Heart” by Sia Ft. The Weeknd & DiploEliminated
Yanga Sobetwa“Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” by Alicia KeysAdvanced
Thato Makape“Treat You Better” by Shawn MendesAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber Ft. Big SeanAdvanced

Top 7

The Top 7 contestants were revealed on Sunday 7 October 2018 after which they performed live.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 7 Contestants
Season 14 Top 7 contestants.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Group Performance: Top 8 contestants performed “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman Cast

Guest Performers: Dladla Mshunqisi, Distruction Boyz and DJ Tira performed “Pakisha

Thato Makape“Mamelani” by Naak MusiQAdvanced
Nosipho Silinda“Into You” by Ariana GrandeAdvanced
Niyaaz Arendse“Turn Up The Music” by Chris BrownAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Not Yet Uhuru” by Letta MbuluAdvanced
Xae“1 Thing” by AmerieEliminated
King B“Inde” by Heavy K Ft. Bucie & NokwaziAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by BeyoncéAdvanced

Top 6

Season 14 Top 6 contestants were revealed on Sunday 14 October 2018 after which they performed two songs each.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 6 Contestants
Season 14 Top 6 contestants.

“Celebration of South African Music”
“Love Songs”

Guest Performers: Vusi Nova and Jessica Mbangeni performed “Asphelelanga”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Thato Makape“Where Did We Go Wrong?” by Stimela“U Got It Bad” by UsherAdvanced
Nosipho Silinda“Destiny” by Zahara“Halo” by BeyoncéEliminated
Niyaaz Arendse“Jika” by Mi Casa“Crazy Love” by Brian McKnightAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“Nizalwa Ngobani” by Thandiswa Mazwai“I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
King B“Baby Please” by Robbie Malinga Ft. Kelly Khumalo“Make You Feel My Love” by AdeleAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Xa Bendingena Mama” by Zahara“If This Isn’t Love” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced

Top 5

The Top 5 contestants were revealed on Sunday 21 October 2018 before they each performed two live songs.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 5 Contestants
Season 14 Top 5 contestants.

Theme: “How It Should Have Been Done”

Guest Judge: Dr. Mathew Knowles

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Thando Mngomezulu“Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson“The Weakness In Me” by Keisha WhiteAdvanced
Niyaaz Arendse“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith“Lost Without U” by Robin ThickeEliminated
King B“Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé“Say Something” by A Great Big WorldAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“What Is Love” by Empire Cast Ft. V. Bozeman“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Thato Makape“Inkomo” by The Soil“Imibuzo” by NathiAdvanced
Idols SA Season 14 Top 5 show, Guest judge, Dr. Mathew Knowles
Top 5 Show (Left to Right): Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi, Dr. Mathew Knowles (guest judge) and Somizi Mhlongo.

Top 4

Season 14 Top 4 contestants were revealed on Sunday 28 October 2018, they then went ahead and performed two songs each.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 4 Contestants
Season 14 Top 4 contestants.

“This Is Now”

Group Performance: Top 5 contestants & Dr Rebecca Malope (backed by the Soweto Gospel Choir) performed “Moya Wami

Guest Performers:
Dr Rebecca Malope
Soweto Gospel Choir

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Thato Makape“Many Rivers To Cross” by Jimmy Cliff“If” by DavidoAdvanced
Thando Mngomezulu“Ke Na Le Modisa” by Soweto Gospel Choir“Thando” by Naima KayAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Avulekile Amasango / One Love” by Soweto Gospel Choir“Impilo” by SjavaAdvanced
King B“Lion of Judah” by Lebo Sekgobela“Kahle” by Amanda BlackEliminated

Top 4 Contestants’ Debut Singles

After making it into Season 14’s Top 4, the contestants spent some time at Gallo Records working hard on their debut singles hoping that they could potentially catapult their careers to new heights.

King B, Yanga, Thato and Thando hit the booth at Gallo Records to lay down the vocals for their debut singles and luckily, the team at Gallo made sure all fear of missing out was kept at bay with an exclusive peak behind the scenes as the Top 4 contestants all looked right in their element.

Yanga Sobetwa was the first to lay down vocals for her debut single, check out her recording session HERE.

King B was the second contestant to lay down vocals, check out his recording session HERE.

Next in the recording booth was Thando, check out her recording session HERE.

And lastly Thato took over the booth to also lay down those vocals for his debut single, check out his recording session HERE.

Top 3

The Top 3 contestants were revealed on Sunday 4 November 2018 after each Top 4 contestant had performed a duet with one of the show’s alumni. Each Top 3 contestant then further performed a song by their own musical idol.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 3 Contestants
Season 14 Top 3 contestants.

– “Honouring The Greats”
– “My Musical Idol”

Guest Performers:
Khaya Mthethwa
Amanda Black

ContestantDuet “Honouring The Greats”My Musical IdolResult
Thando Mngomezulu“The Closer I Get to You” by Beyoncé & Luther Vandross (with Karabo)“Never Say Never” by Justin Bieber Ft. Jaden SmithEliminated
Thato Makape“Ngam’thanda Umuntu” by Linda (with Amanda Black)“Thandiwe” by Vusi NovaAdvanced
Yanga Sobetwa“Beauty And The Beast” by Disney (with Khaya Mthethwa)“Mkhulumsebenzi” by Khaya Mthethwa & Oasis WorshipAdvanced
King B“Smother” by Craig Lucas Ft. Paxton (with Mmatema)N/AN/A

Top 3 Dubai Trip

As is the norm, the season 14 Top 3 contestants were whisked for a trip immediately after the Top 3 Reveal live show, this time to Dubai. Thando, Yanga and Thato were accompanied by Idols SA host ProVerb.

Main Article: Check Out The Season 14 Top 3 Contestants In Dubai

Top 2

Season 14 Top 2 contestants, or rather the Finalists, were revealed during the live show on Sunday 11 November 2018 with Thando Mngomezulu being eliminated from the competition after the first round of performances that saw each Top 3 contestant perform their debut single. The Top 2, Yanga Sobetwa and Thato Makape then performed two more songs each in a bid to get South Africans vote for them as the Winner.

Idols SA Season 14 Top 2 Contestants, Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa
Season 14 Top 2 contestants, Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa.

– “Song Of The Season”
– “Theatre Week”
– “New Single”

Guest Performer: Sho Madjozi performed “Huku

ContestantNew SingleTheatre Week SongSong Of The SeasonResult
Yanga Sobetwa“Scars (All Over Me)”“Heaven” by Emeli Sandé“Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” by Alicia KeysWinner
Thato Makape“Blow by Blow”“I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith“If” by DavidoRunner-up
Thando Mngomezulu“Wasting Time”N/AN/A

Grand Finale

The season 14 Grand Finale took place on Sunday 18 November 2018 at Carnival City in Johannesburg. After gruelling months of sweat, blood and tears, the Grand Finale was a two-hour celebration of a great season that saw some of the youngest contestants on the Idols SA stage in a while.

The show pulled out all the stops to bring Mzansi Magic viewers and the full house at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena a music spectacular. There were pyrotechnics, motorbikes, a jungle feel, protests, a riot of colour and a glimpse of an Africa reimagined.

Performers Of The Evening:

  • Season 14 Top 10 contestants
  • Host ProVerb, judges Randall, Somizi and Unathi performed “Greatest Show” and “Never Enough
  • Black Coffee and Msaki performed “Wish you were Here
  • DJ Tira, Prince Bulo, AKA and Okmalumkoolkat performed “No Rush
  • AKA performed “Fela In Versace” and “Jika
  • Kid X performed “Plaak
  • Kwesta performed “Vur Vai
  • Mlindo The Vocalist, Kwesta, Thabsie and Sfeesoh performed “Macala
  • Paxton performed “Angifuni
  • Thato Makape performed “Mamelani” by Naak MusiQ
  • Yanga Sobetwa performed “Not Yet Uhuru” by Letta Mbulu
  • Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa (duet) performed “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Ft. Sia
Idols SA Season 14 Grand Finale - Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa duet, “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Ft. Sia
Grand Finale: Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa performing a duet, “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Ft. Sia.

Winner and Runner-up Announcement

South Africa collectively held its breath as millions of eyeballs trained on host ProVerb, crossing fingers for their favourite to be named the Idols SA Season 14 winner.

Idols SA Season 14 Grand Finale, Thato Makape and Yanga Sobetwa
Grand Finale: Idols SA presenter, ProVerb announcing the season 14 winner.

After an impressive 142 million votes were cast throughout the entire season, Season 14 came to a dazzling conclusion when 17-year-old Yanga Sobetwa was announced as the winner of South African Idols Season 14, becoming the second consecutive teenage girl from the Western Cape to win the title after Paxton Fielies won it the previous season.

Idols SA Season 14 Grand Finale, Yanga Sobetwa Reacts after being announced as the Winner
Grand Finale: Yanga Sobetwa shed tears of joy after being announced as the season 14 winner.

“I can’t put into words how I feel right now, but I can say it in song,” said a shell-shocked Yanga a few seconds after her name was called, before bursting into a gratitude chorus.

Her runner-up, Thato Makape, gave her a warm congratulatory hug and thanked South Africa for the immense support.

Idols SA Season 14 Grand Finale - Yanga Sobetwa performing “Scars (All Over Me)”
Grand Finale: Yanga Sobetwa performing her debut single “Scars (All Over Me)” after being crowned as the Season 14 winner.
Idols SA Season 14 Grand Finale, Yanga Sobetwa performing her debut single
Grand Finale: Yanga Sobetwa performing her debut single “Scars (All Over Me)” after being crowned as the Season 14 winner while being lifted up by her fellow Top 10 contestants.

In addition to being the season 14 winner, Yanga Sobetwa also won a price package worth of R1.5 million.

Director and Executive Producer, [sic] Entertainment Gavin Wratten, said: “Idols SA season 14 has beaten all our expectations; surpassing a 100 million votes is a landmark achievement for reality TV in this country.”

Wooden Mic

Rugene Solomons a door to door hairstylist from Cape Town was announced as the Idols SA Season 14 Wooden Mic winner during the live Grand Finale show on Sunday 18 November 2018 at Carnival City.

Idols SA Season 14 Wooden Mic winner, Rugene Solomons
Season 14 Wooden Mic winner, Rugene Solomons.

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