Idols SA Season 3

Idols SA Season 3 took place in 2005, the winner was Karin Kortje and the runner-up was Gift Gwe.

It is the third season of the South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol and it aired from August to November 2005.

All four judges returned for another season. After one season, Letoya Makhene left the show making Colin Moss the only host similar to Ryan Seacrest on American Idol.

Viewer outrage ensued following the elimination of Nhlanhla Mwelse after it was revealed that the 4 judges had a 49% leverage to the total weekly votes and that this happened since the start of the semi-finals.

Before the series started, it was portrayed that the viewers would account for 100% of the total vote this year compared to the judges’ 40% in seasons 1 and 2.

Karin Kortje, a young mother from Grabouw, Cape Town wowed the audience and judges with her big voice and won the Grand Finale against Gift Gwe with 62.58% and was also leading throughout the competition by a landslide.

However, Kortje was not so lucky in her personal life after the contest ended as her boyfriend was charged with robbery and murder just months after the show.

In difference from the other finalists of her season, Kortje was not invited to take part in the final of the next season (Season 4).

Season Summary

Host:Colin Moss
Judges:Dave Thompson, Gareth Cliff, Marah Louw, and Randall Abrahams
Winner:Karin Kortje
Runner-up:Gift Gwe
Grand Finale Venue:Gold Reef City
Original Network:M-Net
Start Date:Sunday 31 July 2005
End Date:Sunday 27 November 2005

Theatre Week

There were just 24 contestants left in the Idols SA Season 3 competition during the last round of Theatre Week, they were split into 4 groups of six and for the first time, the groups were divided into genders.

The two contestants who received the highest number of votes in each group automatically advanced to the Top 12 and as there were only six males who made it to the Top 24, only one group was male though.

This resulted in a Top 12 with just two male contestants for the second year in a row. There was no wildcard round (show) held, instead each of the four judges chose one contestant who was not voted in the Top 12 directly to complete the Top 12.

Heat 1 (28 August 2005)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Bonolo Molosiwa“We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey“You Are Everything” by Diana Ross & Marvin GayeEliminated
Cecile du Preez“Girl” by Destiny’s Child“I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha FranklinEliminated
Deidré Visser“Father and Son” by Cat Stevens“These Words” by Natasha BedingfieldAdvanced
Nicky de Lange“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson“Unchained Melody” by The Righteous BrothersEliminated
Nosipho Zwane“Destiny” by Malaika“Take My Breath Away” by BerlinEliminated
Pume Zondi“Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross“The Voice Within” by Christina AguileraAdvanced

Heat 2 (4 September 2005)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Bernice Breedt“Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson“Thank U” by Alanis MorissetteEliminated
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers“Shiver” by Natalie ImbrugliaEliminated
Jessica Lourenco“Sweet Dreams My LA Ex” by Rachel Stevens“What a Wonderful World” by Louis ArmstrongEliminated
Karabo Moleke“Don’t Tell Me” by Avril Lavigne“I Love Music” by Lebo MathosaEliminated
Karin Kortje“A Cry, a Smile, a Dance” by Judith Sephuma“Ordinary People” by John LegendAdvanced
Martelize van Niekerk“Pretty Baby” by Vanessa Carlton“Unforgettable” by Nat King ColeAdvanced

Heat 3 (11 September 2005)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Bjorn Hartnick“Let Me Love You” by Mario“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5Eliminated
Callan Maloney“Evergreen” by Will Young“Here Without You” by 3 Doors DownEliminated
Gift Gwe“Holding Back the Years” by Simply Red“Señorita” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced
Mthawelanga Nkonzo“Daughters” by John Mayer“Wrap My Words AroundYou” by Daniel Bedingfield)Eliminated
Nhlanhla Mwelse“Hello” by Lionel Richie“This Love” by Maroon 5Advanced
Romie Noval“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton“Leave Right Now” by Will YoungEliminated

Heat 4 (18 September 2005)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Ayanda Mpama“Ndiredi” by Simphiwe Dana“Not in Love” by Enrique IglesiasEliminated
Bianca Bronn“Everywhere” by Michelle Branch“Superstar” by JameliaEliminated
Kesha Charlton-Perkins“I Bruise Easily” by Natasha Bedingfield“My Prerogative” by Britney SpearsAdvanced
Nthabiseng Roro“Doo Be Doo” by Freshlyground“Let It Be” by The BeatlesEliminated
Tumelo Thulare“Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey“Only U” by AshantiEliminated
Veronique Lalouette“I Believe” by Fantasia Barrino“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula ColeAdvanced


NOTE: ages stated at the time of contest

ContestantAgeHometownVoted Off
Karin Kortje26Grabouw, Cape TownWinner
Gift Gwe21Bishop, Mossel Bay27 Nov 2005
Veronique “Nicky” de Lange17Bloemfontein21 Nov 2005
Veronique “V” Lalouette23Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg21 Nov 2005
Nhlanhla Mwelase22Springs, Gauteng14 Nov 2005
Ayanda Mpama21Seaview, KwaZulu-Natal7 Nov 2005
Deidré Visser17Centurion, Pretoria31 Oct 2005
Martelize Van Niekerk19Kuilsrivier31 Oct 2005
Kesha Charlton-Perkins18Randburg, Johannesburg17 Oct 2005
Pume Zondi19Wybank, Pinetown10 Oct 2005
Bonolo Molosiwa24Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg3 Oct 2005
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk19Magaliesburg26 Sep 2005

Idols SA Season 3 Top 12 (25 September 2005)

Theme: “Millennium Hits (2000 Hits)”

Ayanda Mpama“Video” by India ArieBottom three
Bonolo Molosiwa“Amazing” by George MichaelBottom two
Deidré Visser“Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly ClarksonSafe
Gift Gwe“Rhythm Divine” by Enrique IglesiasSafe
Jamie-Lee Blokdyk“Dreams” by Fleetwood MacEliminated
Karin Kortje“Don’t Know Why” by Norah JonesSafe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins“Bad Day” by Daniel PowterSafe
Martelize van Niekerk“The First Cut Is the Deepest” by Cat StevensSafe
Nhlanhla Mwelse“Used to Love U” by John LegendSafe
Nicky de Lange“Try” by Nelly FurtadoSafe
Pume Zondi“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia KeysSafe
Veronique Lalouette“All for You” by Janet JacksonSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 11 (2 October 2005)

Theme: “Number 1 Hits From The ’90s”

Ayanda Mpama“Angel of Mine” by MonicaBottom two
Bonolo Molosiwa“Take a Bow” by MadonnaEliminated
Deidré Visser“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by UB40Safe
Gift Gwe“I Swear” by All-4-OneSafe
Karin Kortje“Un-Break My Heart” by Toni BraxtonSafe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins“Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa LoebSafe
Martelize van Niekerk“Don’t Speak” by No DoubtSafe
Nhlanhla Mwelse“I Wanna Be the Only One” by Eternal & BeBe WinansSafe
Nicky de Lange“Crush” by Jennifer PaigeSafe
Pume Zondi“You’re Still the One” by Shania TwainBottom three
Veronique Lalouette“Show Me Heaven” by Maria McKeeSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 10 (9 October 2005)

Theme: “Music From The Movies”

Ayanda Mpama“Over the Rainbow” by Judy GarlandSafe
Deidré Visser“Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie TylerSafe
Gift Gwe“Love Is All Around” by Wet Wet WetSafe
Karin Kortje“Can’t Fight the Moonlight” by LeAnn RimesSafe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins“There You’ll Be” by Faith HillBottom two
Martelize van Niekerk“All by Myself” by Celine DionSafe
Nhlanhla Mwelse“How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee GeesBottom three
Nicky de Lange“Searchin’ My Soul” by Vonda ShepardSafe
Pume Zondi“It Must Have Been Love” by RoxetteEliminated
Veronique Lalouette“Crazy” by Patsy ClineSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 9 (16 October 2005)

Theme: “Viewers’ Choice”

Ayanda Mpama“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta FlackSafe
Deidré Visser“Bed of Roses” by Bon JoviBottom three
Gift Gwe“Give Me the Night” by George BensonSafe
Karin Kortje“(They Long to Be) Close to You” by The CarpentersSafe
Kesha Charlton-Perkins“Reach” by Gloria EstefanEliminated
Martelize van Niekerk“Let the River Run” by Carly SimonBottom two
Nhlanhla Mwelse“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie WonderSafe
Nicky de Lange“What’s Love Got to Do with It” by Tina TurnerSafe
Veronique Lalouette“River Deep – Mountain High” by Tina TurnerSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 8 (23 October 2005)

Theme: “How It Should Have Been Done”

Ayanda Mpama“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellN/A
Deidré Visser“Strong Enough” by CherN/A
Gift Gwe“Fever” by Michael BubléN/A
Karin Kortje“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha FranklinN/A
Martelize van Niekerk“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan AdamsN/A
Nhlanhla Mwelse“Killing Me Softly” by FugeesN/A
Nicky de Lange“My Immortal” by EvanescenceN/A
Veronique Lalouette“Angels” by Robbie WilliamsN/A

NOTE: The voting process for this week was nullified and therefore there were no contestants eliminated this week.

Top 8 (30 October 2005)

Theme: “Music Video Hits”

Ayanda Mpama“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’ConnorBottom three
Deidré Visser“…Baby One More Time” by Britney SpearsEliminated
Gift Gwe“Faith” by George MichaelSafe
Karin Kortje“Together Again” by Janet JacksonSafe
Martelize van Niekerk“That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania TwainEliminated
Nhlanhla Mwelse“I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith EvansSafe
Nicky de Lange“Just a Little” by Liberty XSafe
Veronique Lalouette“Beautiful” by Christina AguileraSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 6 (6 November 2005)

Theme: “Judges’ Choice”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Ayanda Mpama“Another Sad Love Song” by Toni Braxton“One Day I’ll Fly Away” by Randy CrawfordEliminated
Gift Gwe“Uptown Girl” by Westlife“Back at One” by Brian McKnightSafe
Karin Kortje“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” by Diana Ross“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne EllimanSafe
Nhlanhla Mwelse“All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie“Walking Away” by Craig DavidBottom two
Nicky de Lange“Underneath Your Clothes” by Shakira“Brass in Pocket” by The PretendersSafe
Veronique Lalouette“Call Me” by Blondie“Other Side of the World” by KT TunstallBottom three

Idols SA Season 3 Top 5 (13 November 2005)

Theme: “My Idols”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Gift Gwe“U Remind Me” by Usher“End of the Road” by Boyz II MenBottom two
Karin Kortje“Never Never Never” by Shirley Bassey“Never Too Much” by Luther VandrossSafe
Nhlanhla Mwelse“Here and Now” by Luther Vandross“Part Time Lover” by Stevie WonderEliminated
Nicky de Lange“Foolish Games” by Jewel“Small Room” by Karen ZoidSafe
Veronique Lalouette“I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera“Work It Out” by BeyoncéSafe

Idols SA Season 3 Top 4: Semi-final (20 November 2005)

Theme: “Great Singers, Great Songs”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Gift Gwe“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John“Stuck on You” by Lionel RichieSafe
Karin Kortje“When I Need You” by Leo Sayer“I Have Nothing” by Whitney HoustonSafe
Nicky de Lange“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion“How Do I Live” by LeAnn RimesEliminated
Veronique Lalouette“Touch Me in the Morning” by Diana Ross“Rhythm of the Night” by DeBargeEliminated

Idols SA Season 3 Top 2: Grand Finale (27 November 2005)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Gift Gwe“End of the Road”“Señorita”“Sometimes a Dream”Runner-up
Karin Kortje“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”“If I Can’t Have You”“I’m So Ready”Winner

Voting results

Main article: Idols South Africa Season 3 voting results

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