Idols SA Season 18

Idols SA Season 18 took place in 2022, the winner was Thapelo Molomo and the runner-up was Nozi Sibiya.

It was hosted by ProVerb, the judges were Somizi Mhlongo, Thembi Seete, and JR Bogopa.

The season aired for four months from mid July to mid November 2022, an episode of the show was broadcast every Sunday on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 17:00.

Season Summary

Hosted by:ProVerb
Judges:Somizi Mhlongo, Thembi Seete, and JR Bogopa
Theme:“Singing a Different Tune”
Winner:Thapelo Molomo
Runner-up:Nozi Sibiya
Original Network:Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)
Start date:Sunday 17 July 2022
End date:Sunday 13 November 2022
Number of episodes:18

Idols SA Season 18 Sponsors

Idols SA Season 18 has a number of sponsors that are listed below;

  • Standard bank
  • Toyota
  • Truworths
  • Yamaha
  • Spotify Africa

Idols SA Season 18 Judges

The Idols SA Season 18 judges were revealed on Wednesday 16 February 2022 during a press conference and media briefing event that was hosted by Idols SA presenter, ProVerb.

  • Somizi Mhlongo
  • Thembi Seete
  • JR

Idols SA Season 18 Auditions

The Idols SA Season 18 online auditions opened at midnight on Sunday 23 January 2022 and closed at midnight on Saturday 5 February 2022.

Only 15,000 audition entries were accepted, on a first come first serve basis.

Online Audition judging then commenced in mid-February of 2022.


Idols SA Season 18 Theatre Week


Idols SA Season 18 Top 12

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 12 Contestants were revealed in episode 6 on Sunday 21 August 2022.

CONTESTANTAGEHOMETOWNPLACE FINISHED
Thapelo Molomo29Mokopane, LimpopoWinner
Nozi Sibiya27Umlazi, KwaZulu-NatalRunner-up
Mpilwenhle Mokopu23Katlehong, Gauteng3rd
Ty Loner21Eldorado Park, Gauteng4th
Zee Arnolds18Cape Town, Western Cape5th
Noxolo Mthethwa25Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal6th
Kabelo Makhetha24Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal7th
Ceejay Canvass24KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal8th
Tesmin-Robyn Khanye24Katlehong, Gauteng9th
Lerato Matsabu27Vaal, Gauteng10th
Nandi Ndathane21Diepkloof, Gauteng11th
Hope Mkhwanazi23Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal12th

Idols SA Season 18 Top 12 Group 1

Idols SA Season 18 Group 1 contestants of the Top 12 performed live in episode 7 on Sunday 28 August 2022.

Themes: “Duets with Mzansi Stars” and “Greatest Hits of Today”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGRESULT
Zee“Empini” with Kelly Khumalo“Surprise” by ChlöeAdvanced
Thapelo“Langa Linye” with Mduduzi Ncube“Love Me More” by Sam SmithAdvanced
Hope“Pretend” with Langa Mavuso“Hrs and Hrs” by Muni LongEliminated
Mpilwenhle“Phatha Kahle” with Presss“Positions” by Ariana GrandeAdvanced
Kabelo“Ngam’khetha” with Nomfundo Moh“For Tonight” by GiveonAdvanced
Tesmin-Robyn“Pillow Talk” with Boohle“Pressure” by Ari LennoxAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 12 Group 2

Idols SA Season 18 Group 2 contestants of the Top 12 performed live in episode 8 on Sunday 4 September 2022.

Themes: “Duets with Mzansi Stars” and “Greatest Hits of Today”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGRESULT
Noxolo“Kuyenyukela” with Kelly Khumalo“Jerome” by LizzoAdvanced
Nandi“Ngimnandi” with Boohle“Enough” by FantasiaEliminated
Ceejay“Isiginci” with Mduduzi Ncube“Love Nwantiti” by CKayAdvanced
Lerato“Soft Life” with Nomfundo Moh“Kiss Me More” by Doja CatAdvanced
Ty Loner“Cry No More” with Presss“Last Last” by Burna BoyAdvanced
Nozi“Mvula” with Langa Mavuso“Break My Soul” by BeyoncéAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 10

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 10 Contestants were revealed in episode 9 on Sunday 11 September 2022.

Over 7.5 million votes were cast by viewers over the course of the week.

Each of the Top 10 contestants also performed one song live.

Theme: “Spotify’s Soulful Sundays”

CONTESTANTSONGRESULT
Mpilwenhle“Kahle” by Amanda BlackAdvanced
Thapelo“All by Myself” by Celine DionAdvanced
Tesmin-Robyn“More Than You” by Moneoa MosheshAdvanced
Zee“Jik’Izinto” by ZonkeAdvanced
Kabelo“Her Heart” by Anthony HamiltonAdvanced
Lerato“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by TankEliminated
Ty Loner“Thando” by Lloyd CeleAdvanced
Noxolo“Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” by Jazmine SullivanAdvanced
Nozi“Giving Myself” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced
Ceejay“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” by John Legend featuring LudacrisAdvanced

Main Article: Idols SA Season 18 Top 10 Contestants’ Prizes

Main Article: Idols SA Season 18 Top 10 Contestants’ Voting Poll


Idols SA Season 18 Top 9

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 9 Contestants were revealed in episode 10 on Sunday 18 September 2022.

Each of the Top 9 contestants also performed one song live.

Theme: “History of Music in South Africa”

CONTESTANTSONGRESULT
Noxolo“Shebeleza” by Joe MafelaAdvanced
Kabelo“Ekuseni” by Ringo MadlingoziAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Nomalanga” by Caiphus SemenyaAdvanced
Ceejay“Send Me” by Hugh MasekelaAdvanced
Tesmin-Robyn“Siyaya Phambili” by StimelaEliminated
Ty Loner“Scatterlings Of Africa” by Johnny Clegg & JulukaAdvanced
Nozi“Nizalwa Ngobani” by Thandiswa MazwaiAdvanced
Thapelo“Papa” by SankomotaAdvanced
Zee“Mama I’m Sorry” by Brenda FassieAdvanced

Main Article: Idols SA Season 18 Top 9 Contestants’ Voting Poll


Idols SA Season 18 Top 8

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 8 Contestants were revealed in episode 11 on Sunday 25 September 2022.

Each of the Top 8 contestants also performed one song live.

Theme: “Parents’ High School Crush”

CONTESTANTSONGRESULT
Nozi“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta FlackAdvanced
Ceejay“Mas’thokoze” by MafikizoloEliminated
Zee“I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You” by UB40Advanced
Kabelo“Here and Now” by Luther VandrossAdvanced
Ty Loner“Can You Stand the Rain” by New EditionAdvanced
Thapelo“Let It Be” by The BeatlesAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Hero” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Noxolo“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie ColeAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 7

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 7 contestants were revealed in episode 12 on Sunday 2 October 2022.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Group performance: Top 8 contestants performed “Get Me Bodied” by Beyoncé Featuring Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles.

Guest performer: Robot Boii performed “Location” and “Salary Salary”

CONTESTANTSONGRESULT
Kabelo“Yeah!” by Usher Featuring Lil Jon and LudacrisEliminated
Noxolo“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Run the World (Girls)” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Thapelo“Di Boya Limpopo” by Master KG Featuring Zanda Zakuza and MakhadziAdvanced
Zee“Grown Woman” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Ty Loner“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno MarsAdvanced
Nozi“Don’t Stop the Music” by RihannaAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 6

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 6 contestants were revealed in episode 13 on Sunday 9 October 2022.

Themes: “Lifesong” and “Joyous Celebration”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGRESULT
Zee“Hurt” by Christina Aguilera“Zuliphathe Kahle” with Joyous CelebrationAdvanced
Noxolo“We Were Here” by Simi“My Help” with Joyous CelebrationEliminated
Ty Loner“Rock With You” by Michael Jackson“Who Am I” with Joyous CelebrationAdvanced
Nozi“One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson“Wenzile” with Joyous CelebrationAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson“Ndinzel’Uncedo Hymn 377” with Joyous CelebrationAdvanced
Thapelo“I Look to You” by Whitney Houston“Hallelujah Nkateko” with Joyous CelebrationAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 5

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 5 contestants were revealed in episode 14 on Sunday 16 October 2022.

Nearly 14 million votes were cast by the viewers to select the top 5.

At this point, a total of 52 million votes had been cast throughout the season so far.

Themes: “Babyface’s Songbook” and “Local Chart Toppers”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGRESULT
Zee“Breathe Again” by Toni Braxton“Abalele” by Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa featuring Ami FakuEliminated
Ty Loner“The Color Of Love” by Boyz II Men“Mgani” by A-ReeceAdvanced
Thapelo“End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men“Sponky Ponky” by Bayete and Jabu KhanyileAdvanced
Nozi“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Faith Evans“Asibe Happy” by Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa featuring Ami FakuAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Another Sad Love Song” by Toni Braxton“Dali Nguwe” by Wanitwa Mos and Master KG featuring Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana and Obeey AmorAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 4

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 4 contestants were revealed in episode 15 on Sunday 23 October 2022.

Themes: “New School Mzansi Hits” and “How It Should Have Been Done”

Group performance: Top 5 contestants performed “How Deep Is Your Love?”

Guest performers: De Mthuda, Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef performed “Jola”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGRESULT
Mpilwenhle“Khusela” by Kabza De Small featuring Msaki“Jealous” by LabrinthAdvanced
Ty Loner“Selema (Po Po)” by Musa Keys and Loui“You & I (Nobody in the World)” by John LegendEliminated
Thapelo“Seasons” by Lloyiso“Ndikuthandile” by Vusi NovaAdvanced
Nozi“Thando” by Mvzzle featuring Zammy“Listen” by BeyoncéAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 3

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 3 contestants were revealed in episode 16 on Sunday 30 October 2022.

Themes: “Divas and Divos”, “My Audition Song” and “Judges’ Choice”

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGTHIRD SONGRESULT
Nozi“Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.“Try A Little Tenderness” by Aretha Franklin“Rise Up” by Andra DayAdvanced
Mpilwenhle“Ke Mo Afrika” by Maleh“Angel of Mine” by Monica“A Long Walk” by Jill ScottEliminated
Thapelo“Esphambanweni” by Kelly Khumalo“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton“So Amazing” by Luther VandrossAdvanced

Idols SA Season 18 Top 2

The Idols SA Season 18 Top 2 contestants were revealed in episode 17 on Sunday 6 November 2022.

Themes: “New singles”, “Stripped-down Mzansi classics” and “Favourite song of the season”

Group performance: The 7 eliminated contestants of Idols SA Season 18 performed “Paris” by Q-Mark and TpZee featuring Afriikan Papi

Guest performers: Ndoni Mseleku performed “Angfuni Omunye”, Musa Keys, Konke and Chley performed a medley of “M’nike” and “Selema (Po Po)”.

CONTESTANTFIRST SONGSECOND SONGTHIRD SONGRESULT
Thapelo“Phanda”“Thanayi” by Hugh Masekela“Let It Be” by The BeatlesWinner
Nozi“Idliso”“Moments Away” by Mango Groove“Giving Myself” by Jennifer HudsonRuner-up

Idols SA Season 18 Finale

The Idols SA Season 18 finale took place on Sunday 13 November 2022 in episode 18 of the season.

Performers

  • AKA
  • Oskido
  • Costa Titch
  • Berry
  • D’banj
  • Idols SA judges

Idols SA Season 18 Wooden Mic


FAQs

Where is Idols SA Season 18 being held?

Idols SA Season 18 in 2022 is being held at the Heartfelt Arena in Gauteng.

Who is the winner of Idols SA Season 18?

Thapelo Molomo, a 29-year-old South African Police Service psychologist from Mokopane, Limpopo is the winner of Idols SA Season 18 in 2022.

How much money does the winner of Idols SA Season 18 get?

The winner of Idols SA Season 18 took home a R1 million cash prize from Standard Bank, Spotify and Mzansi Magic.


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11 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Nozi

  2. annah says:

    Thapelo

  3. Annah says:

    Annah

  4. Kutlwano says:

    Mpilo

  5. Thembinkosi says:

    Mpilo

  6. Boitumelo says:

    Mpilo

  7. Charlotte says:

    Mpiloenhle

  8. Tshidiso says:

    Mpilooooo…

  9. Tshidiso says:

    Mpilo…

  10. Jamani says:

    Mpilo

  11. Xolile says:

    Mpilo is a flawless Queen…love her

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