Idols SA Season 6

Idols SA Season 6 took place in 2010, the winner was Elvis Blue and the runner-up was Lloyd Cele. For the first time since the inaugural season in 2002, Dave Thompson was not a member of the judging panel.

Season Summary

Hosts:Liezel van der Westhuizen and ProVerb
Judges:Marah Louw, Randall Abrahams, and Gareth Cliff
Winner:Elvis Blue
Runner-up:Lloyd Cele
Grand Finale Venue:Mosaiek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg
Grand Finale Duration:90 minutes
Original Network:M-Net
Start Date:Sunday 18 July 2010
End Date:Tuesday 2 November 2010

Top 10 contestant Jamie-Lee Sexton had already been a finalist on Idols SA Season 3 under the name Jamie-Lee Blokdyk where she placed 12th.

She is therefore the first Idol contestant worldwide that made the finals on two different seasons.

Accordingly, this was the second season (after Season 5) in which the top 2 contestants were never in the bottom, and (after Season 1) the second in which both finalists were male.


Season 6 auditions commenced in Cape Town on Tuesday 6 April 2010 and concluded in Bloemfontein on Saturday 8 May 2010, the three Idols SA judges were supported by a guest judge in every casting city.

Audition dates and venues

CityVenueGuest JudgeDate
Cape TownCape Town International Convention CentreZolani MaholaTuesday 6 April 2010
DurbanGateway Shopping CentreSteve HofmeyrSaturday 17 April 2010
JohannesburgSandton International Convention CentreKahn MorbeeSaturday 24 April 2010
Port ElizabethBoardwalk Shopping CentreHHPSunday 2 May 2010
BloemfonteinWindmill Entertainment CentreLoyisoSaturday 8 May 2010


Top 14

The 14 semi-finalists (Top 14 contestants) were revealed on Tuesday 17 August 2010, they consisted of six guys and eight ladies.

They were then split into two groups of seven and instead of warming up their self-confidence in front of a small studio audience, it was straight to the massive Mosaiek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, where they all performed in front of thousands of fans on a bright new Idols SA stage.

The two contestants who received the least amount of votes from each group were eliminated, the remaining five contestants from each group were then merged to get season 6’s Top 10.

Main Article: Idols SA Season 6 Top 14 Contestants & Their Profiles

Group 1 (22 August 2010)

Guest Judge: Ross Learmonth

Peter Grobler“Love Is Gone” by David GuettaEliminated
S’posh Petshwa“Doesn’t Mean Anything” by Alicia KeysEliminated
Sindi Nene“Hurt” by Christina AguileraAdvanced
Jess Yallup“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2Advanced
Pieter West“Never Gonna Be Alone” by NickelbackAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“Drift Away” by John Henry KurtzAdvanced
Bongi Mthombeni“The Reason” by HoobastankAdvanced

Group 2 (29 August 2010)

Guest Judge: Judith Sephuma

Jamie-Lee Sexton“Mercy” by DuffyAdvanced
Zintle Mkwela“Chasing Pavements” by AdeleEliminated
Elvis Blue“Heaven” by Bryan AdamsAdvanced
Gail Nkoane“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia KeysAdvanced
Lloyd Cele“The Time of My Life” by David CookAdvanced
Adeline Mocke“When Love Takes Over” by Kelly Rowland & David GuettaAdvanced
Funeka Peppeta“A Moment Like This” by Kelly ClarksonEliminated


NOTE: ages stated at the time of contest

ContestantAgeHometownVoted OffSpectacular Theme
Elvis Blue30GeorgeWinnerFinals
Lloyd Cele28DurbanRunner-upFinals
Sindi Nene22Durban26 Oct 2010Semi-Final
Boki Ntsime21Johannesburg19 Oct 2010Unplugged
Adeline Mocke22Cape Town12 Oct 2010Showstopper
Pieter West25Free State12 Oct 2010Showstopper
Jess Yallup22Durban28 Sep 2010Michael Jackson
Jamie-Lee Sexton22Johannesburg21 Sep 2010Home Brew
Bongi Mthombeni23Johannesburg14 Sep 2010Disco
Gail Nkoane25Kimberley7 Sep 2010Pop / Rock
Idols SA Season 6 Top 10 contestants
Season 6 finalists (Top 10 contestants).

Top 10 (5 September 2010)

Theme: “Rock / Pop”

Guest Judge: Kahn Morbee

Elvis Blue“Play That Funky Music” by Wild CherryAdvanced
Gail Nkoane“Please Don’t Leave Me” by P!nkEliminated
Pieter West“Won’t Go Home Without You” by Maroon 5Advanced
Adeline Mocke“Purple Rain” by PrinceAdvanced
Jamie-Lee Sexton“Light My Fire” by The DoorsAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“Use Somebody” by Kings of LeonAdvanced
Sindi Nene“I Kissed A Girl” by Katy PerryAdvanced
Bongi Mthombeni“It’s My Life” by Bon JoviAdvanced
Lloyd Cele“Beautiful Day” by U2Advanced
Jess Yallup“Zombie” by The CranberriesAdvanced

Top 9 (12 September 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 9 contestants
Season 6 Top 9 contestants pictured on Sunday 12 September 2010.

Theme: “Disco”

Guest Judge: Tamara Dey

Bongi Mthombeni“Celebration” by Kool & the GangEliminated
Lloyd Cele“Twist and Shout” by Top NotesAdvanced
Pieter West“Knock On Wood” by Eddie FloydAdvanced
Sindi Nene“Sweet Dreams” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Elvis Blue“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne EllimanAdvanced
Adeline Mocke“Hush Hush; Hush Hush” by Pussycat DollsAdvanced
Jess Yallup“I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by Scissor SistersAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“Love Stoned” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced
Jamie-Lee Sexton“Murder on the Dancefloor” by Sophie Ellis-BextorAdvanced

Top 8 (19 September 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 8 contestants
Season 6 Top 8 contestants pictured on Sunday 19 September 2010.

Theme: “Homebrew”

Guest Judge: Tumi Masemola

Pieter West“Today” by Jesse CleggAdvanced
Jamie-Lee Sexton“Save Me” by CloutEliminated
Elvis Blue“Destiny” by MalaikaAdvanced
Adeline Mocke“Who Painted The Moon” by NianellAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“Fairytale” by LiquideepAdvanced
Jess Yallup“What He Means” by Just JingerAdvanced
Sindi Nene“Moments Away” by Mango GrooveAdvanced
Lloyd Cele“Push Me To The Floor” by The ParlotonesAdvanced

Top 7 (26 September 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 7 contestants
Season 6 Top 7 contestants.

Theme: “Tribute To Michael Jackson”

Guest Judge: Loyiso Bala

Adeline Mocke“Black or White” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Jess Yallup“Earth Song” by Michael JacksonEliminated
Lloyd Cele“Billie Jean” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Pieter West“Give In to Me” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Elvis Blue“Remember the Time” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“They Don’t Care About Us” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Sindi Nene“Smooth Criminal” by Michael JacksonAdvanced

Top 6 (3 October 2010)

Theme: “DJ’s Choice”

Guest Judge: Bongani Nchanga

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Sindi Nene“I Learned from the Best” by Whitney Houston“I Drove All Night” by Cyndi LauperSaved
Elvis Blue“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen“Hey Soul Sister” by TrainSafe
Lloyd Cele“Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe CockerSafe
Adeline Mocke“Stereo Love” by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina“Need You Now” by Lady AntebellumBottom two
Boki Ntsime“The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly“Rosanna” by TotoSafe
Pieter West“Rockstar” by Nickelback“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DCSafe

NOTE: No contestant was eliminated from the competition this week because Sindi Nene who had actually received the least amount of votes was saved by the judges, all six contestants performed again the following Sunday.

Top 6 (10 October 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 6 contestants
Top 6 contestants (Left to Right): Pieter West, Lloyd Cele, Adeline Mocke, Boki Ntsime, Sindi Nene, and Elvis Blue.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Guest Judge: Kurt Darren

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Lloyd Cele“Fireflies” by Owl City“OMG” by UsherAdvanced
Sindi Nene“One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Anika Noni Rose & Sharon Leal“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by BeyoncéAdvanced
Pieter West“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen“You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe CockerEliminated
Elvis Blue“Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel“Gold Digger” by Kanye West & Jamie FoxxAdvanced
Adeline Mocke“Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross“Give It Up to Me” by Shakira & Lil WayneEliminated
Boki Ntsime“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge“My Love” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced

Top 4 (17 October 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 4 contestants
Top 4 contestants (Left to Right): Sindi Nene, Elvis Blue, Boki Ntsime, and Lloyd Cele.

Theme: “Unplugged”

Guest Judge: Louise Carver

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Elvis Blue“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong“Piano Man” by Billy JoelAdvanced
Boki Ntsime“Weeping” by Bright Blue“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam CookeEliminated
Sindi Nene“A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley“Beautiful” by Christina AguileraAdvanced
Lloyd Cele“Linkin Park Medley” by Linkin Park“I’m Yours” by Jason MrazAdvanced

Top 3 (24 October 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 3 contestants
Top 3 contestants (Left to Right): Elvis Blue, Lloyd Cele, and Sindi Nene.

Theme: “Contestants’ Choices”

Guest Judge: Hip Hop Pantsula

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Sindi Nene“Vuli Ndlela” by Brenda Fassie“Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson“You Raise Me Up” by Secret GardenEliminated
Lloyd Cele“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars“When You’re Gone” by Avril LavigneAdvanced
Elvis Blue“Broken Strings” by James Morrison“You Belong to Me” by Bob Dylan“What About Now” by DaughtryAdvanced

Top 2 (31 October 2010)

Idols SA Season 6 Top 2 contestants
Season 6 Top 2 contestants, Elvis Blue and Lloyd Cele.

Season 6 Top 2 contestants performed live on Sunday 31 October 2010, the public was given two voting days after which the winner was announced on Tuesday 2 November 2010.

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Lloyd Cele“Push Me To The Floor” by The Parlotones“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars“Thanks to You” by Lloyd CeleRunner-up
Elvis Blue“Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen“Things My Father Said” by Elvis BlueWinner
Elvis Blue, Idols SA season 6 winner performing at the Grand Finale
Elvis Blue, the season 6 winner performing at the Grand Finale.

A total of 2,398 962 valid votes were cast in the final, Elvis Blue won with 64% of the votes, defeating Lloyd Cele who only got 36% of the votes.

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