Idols SA Season 5

Idols SA Season 5 is the fifth season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It premiered on Sunday 1 February 2009, with a summer vibe and new rules. Instead of the search happening in autumn–winter as with previous seasons, the auditions began in mid-December and ran through the holiday season.

Colin Moss was unable to be the host of Season 5 due to movie commitments and the role open for auditions. Among those who auditioned were Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren, SABC 3 continuity presenter and radio DJ Liezel van der Westhuizen, television presenter and DJ Pabi Moloi – most recently seen in SABC 1s The Amazing Date —and Sami Sabiti, co-host of Idols SA season 1. M-Net made an official announcement that Liezel van der Westhuizen was to be the new host, she was presented to viewers in the first episode of Season 5 when Colin Moss was run over by a car in a scene and she took the reins from him as the new host.

Host: Liezel van der Westhuizen

Judges: Dave Thompson, Gareth Cliff, Marah Louw and Randall Abrahams

Winners: Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids


Grand Finale Venue: Mosaïek Teatro auditorium in Fairland, Johannesburg

Grand Finale Duration: 2 hours

Original Network: M-Net

Original Release: Sunday 1 February – Sunday 10 May 2009


Cape TownThe River Club in ObservatoryFrom 17- 19 December, 2008
DurbanGateway Shopping CentreFrom 5 – 7 January, 2009
JohannesburgStandard Bank ArenaFrom 10 – 12 January, 2009


For the first time in a season of Idols SA, the show producers saved viewers hours of horror and went straight from the countrywide audition rounds to a narrowed down Top 14. In previous seasons of the show, the viewer-voting rounds had always started with a Top 24 but this time round the judges narrowed things down to just 14 contestants who were revealed on Monday 16 February 2009.

Main Article: Idols SA Season 5 Top 14 Contestants & Their Profiles

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

Top 14 (22 February 2009)

Thembi Nkosi“Hot Stuff” by Donna SummerAdvanced
Cameron Bruce“Knock on Wood” by Eddie FloydAdvanced
ReThabile Kgoroeadira“Rehab” by Amy WinehouseEliminated
Thubalethu Myeki“You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil CollinsEliminated
Mathew Moolman“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric ClaptonAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“Valerie” by Amy WinehouseAdvanced
Daniel Baron“Won’t Go Home Without You” by Maroon 5Advanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“Too Little Too Late” by JoJoAdvanced
Lizé Heerman“Fever” by Peggy LeeAdvanced
Jason Hartman“Undiscovered” by James MorrisonAdvanced
Ntsepa Pitjeng“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula ColeAdvanced
Lendel Moonsamy“Wait for You” by Elliott YaminAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Beat It” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Suzzi Swanepoel“Strong Enough” by CherAdvanced

Top 12 (1 March 2009)

Lendel Moonsamy“Over You” by DaughtryAdvanced
Mathew Moolman“A Foggy Day” by Fred AstaireEliminated
Lizé Heerman“Relax, Take It Easy” by MikaAdvanced
Cameron Bruce“Goodbye Philadelphia” by Peter CincottiAdvanced
Suzzi Swanepoel“I Try” by Macy GrayEliminated
Jason Hartman“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy SledgeAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Immortality” by Celine DionAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“Black and Gold” by Sam SparroAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Stop and Stare” by OneRepublicAdvanced
Daniel Baron“Feel” by Robbie WilliamsAdvanced
Ntsepa Pitjeng“If I Were a Boy” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“Bring Me to Life” by EvanescenceAdvanced


Below are the finalists or rather Top 10 contestants of Idols SA season 5.

(ages stated at time of contest)

ContestantAgeHometownVoted Off
Jason Hartman29DurbanJoint Winner
Sasha-Lee Davis18Cape TownJoint Winner
Graeme Watkins26Cape Town27 Apr 2009
Lendel Moonsamy23Durban20 Apr 2009
Sithembiso Nkosi19Johannesburg13 Apr 2009
Cameron Bruce17Johannesburg6 Apr 2009
Pixie Bennett24Durban30 Mar 2009
Lize Heerman21Durban23 Mar 2009
Daniel Barron17Johannesburg16 Mar 2009
Ntsepa Pitjeng26Johannesburg9 Mar 2009

Top 10 (8 March 2009)

Theme: “Greatest Hits”

Ntsepa Pitjeng“Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the VandellasEliminated
Lendel Moonsamy“Lady Soul” by The TemptationsAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“I Will Love Again” by Lara FabianAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Always Be My Baby” by Mariah CareyAdvanced
Cameron Bruce“Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob SegerAdvanced
Daniel Baron“Your Song” by Elton JohnAdvanced
Lizé Heerman“Hallelujah” by Leonard CohenAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil CollinsAdvanced
Jason Hartman“With a Little Help from My Friends” by The BeatlesAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Unchain My Heart” by Joe CockerAdvanced

Top 9 (15 March 2009)

Theme: “Divas And Crooners”

Cameron Bruce“Everything” by Michael BubléAdvanced
Jason Hartman“Can’t Buy Me Love” by The BeatlesAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Dangerously in Love” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“My Way” by Frank SinatraAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“All by Myself” by Celine DionAdvanced
Lendel Moonsamy“Moondance” by Van MorrisonAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“Little Bird” by Annie LennoxAdvanced
Daniel Baron“Save the Last Dance for Me” by The DriftersEliminated
Lizé Heerman“Big Girls Don’t Cry” by FergieAdvanced

Top 8 (22 March 2009)

Theme: “New Millennium”

Jason Hartman“Love’s Divine” by SealAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“Run” by Leona LewisAdvanced
Lizé Heerman“Crazy” by Gnarls BarkleyEliminated
Cameron Bruce“Breakeven” by The ScriptAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Clocks” by ColdplayAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Right Here (Departed)” by BrandyAdvanced
Lendel Moonsamy“Closer” by Ne-YoAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“I’m Outta Love” by AnastaciaAdvanced

Top 7 (29 March 2009)

Theme: “Best Of South Africa”

Sasha-Lee Davids“Destiny” by MalaikaAdvanced
Pixie Bennet“Quick Quick” by MarcAlexEliminated
Lendel Moonsamy“Weeping” by Bright BlueAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Ndihamba Nawe” by MafikizoloAdvanced
Jason Hartman“Great Heart” by Johnny CleggAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Another Universe” by Arno CarstensAdvanced
Cameron Bruce“Treasure” by Tree63Advanced

Top 6 (5 April 2009)

Theme: “Rock Classics”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Thembi Nkosi“Going Under” by Evanescence“When You’re Gone” by Avril LavigneAdvanced
Cameron Bruce“Love the One You’re With” by Stephen Stills“Free Fallin'” by Tom PettyEliminated
Lendel Moonsamy“Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company“Here Without You” by 3 Doors DownAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“Mamma Mia” by ABBA“Because of You” by Kelly ClarksonAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Always” by Bon Jovi“Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ RosesAdvanced
Jason Hartman“Lightning Crashes” by Live“Hanging by a Moment” by LifehouseAdvanced

Top 5 (12 April 2009)

Theme: “DJ’s Choice”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Sasha-Lee Davids“Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis“Angels” by Robbie WilliamsAdvanced
Jason Hartman“The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie WonderAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script“Loslappie” by Kurt DarrenAdvanced
Lendel Moonsamy“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5“7 Days” by Craig DavidAdvanced
Thembi Nkosi“Weekend Special” by Brenda Fassie“No One” by Alicia KeysEliminated

Top 4 (19 April 2009)

Theme: “Unplugged”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Jason Hartman“One” by U2“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan AdamsAdvanced
Sasha-Lee Davids“8th World Wonder” by Kimberley Locke“Apologize” by OneRepublicAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon“What’s Up” by 4 Non BlondesAdvanced
Lendel Moonsamy“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley“Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye CherryEliminated

Top 3: Semi-final (26 April 2009)

“Producers’ Choice”
“Contestants’ Choice”
“Judges’ Choice”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Sasha-Lee Davids“Listen” by Beyoncé“I Believe” by Yolanda Adams“Spotlight” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced
Jason Hartman“Hey Jude” by The Beatles“Kiss from a Rose” by Seal“Summer Love” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced
Graeme Watkins“Every Car You Chase” by Party Ben“She Always Gets What She Wants” by Prime Circle“Song 2” by BlurEliminated
Graeme Watkins performing at the Idols SA season 5 Top 3 Live Show
Top 3 Performance Live Show: Graeme Watkins performing on Sunday 26 April 2009.
Sasha-Lee Davids Idols SA season 5 Top 3
Top 3 Performance Live Show: Sasha-Lee Davids performing on Sunday 26 April 2009.
Jason Dean Hartman performing at the Idols SA season 5 Top 3 Live Show
Top 3 Performance Live Show: Jason Dean Hartman performing on Sunday 26 April 2009.

Live Grand Finale (3 May 2009)

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Jason Hartman“Great Heart”“With a Little Help from My Friends”“Break the Silence”Runner-up
Sasha-Lee Davids“Bleeding Love”“Mamma Mia”“True Believer”Winner
Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids performing a duet at the Idols SA season 5 Grand Finale
Grand Finale: Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids performing a duet, “I Finally Found Someone” by Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams.

Grand Finale Voting Disaster

During the official grand finale, Sasha Lee Davids was announced the winner, with 52.77% of the votes. Four days later, M-Net announced that there had been a technical glitch that caused problems with the voting lines, and some of the votes that were sent before the cut-off time were not counted. On Friday 8 May 2009 M-Net announced that the recount had showed that Jason Hartman had received 200,000 more votes than Sasha Lee Davids (of 2.3 million total votes in the grand finale recount).

After discussion between M-Net and FremantleMedia (the format owners of Idols), Jason Hartman and Sasha Lee Davids were both declared winners. They both received identical full prizes. This was the first time a win was shared on an Idol show. Neither Hartman nor Davids ever appeared in the bottom 3 or 2 prior to the final.

Jason Dean Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids at M-Net Press Conference
Jason Dean Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids at the M-Net Press Conference on Friday 8 May 2009.

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