Idols SA Season 8

Idols SA season 8 is the eighth season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol, it aired on M-Net and Mzansi Magic from June to October of 2012.

After the auditions, call backs were held in Sun City for the golden ticket holders.


Host: ProVerb

Judges: Gareth Cliff, Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams

Winner: Khaya Mthethwa

Runner-up: Melissa Allison

Original Network: M-Net, M-Net HD & Mzansi Magic

Original Release: Sunday 3 June – Tuesday 2 October 2012


Idols SA Season 8 Judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Gareth Cliff
Season 8 Judges (Left to Right): Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Gareth Cliff.

Auditions

The auditions for season 8 took place in February 2012, and were held in the following cities:

DATECITYVENUEEPISODE AIR DATE
Saturday 4 February 2012Johannesburg, GautengSandton Convention Centre3 June 2012
Saturday 11 February 2012Durban, Kwazulu NataluShaka Marine World10 June 2012
Saturday 18 February 2012Cape Town, Western CapeGrandwest Arena17 June 2012
Saturday 25 February 2012Soweto, GautengWalter Sisulu Hall3 June 2012

Tickets To Sun City (Golden Tickets) Given Out Countrywide:

AUDITION CITYGOLDEN TICKETS
Johannesburg and Soweto39
KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)21
Western Cape (Cape Town)29
TOTAL89

Finals

Top 18 Show

The Top 18 contestants were revealed by the judges on Sunday 15 July 2012.

NOTE: Click on a contestant’s name to view his or her full profile.

ContestantAgeHometownOccupation
Candida Mosoma29PretoriaPerformer
Chloë Kiley24Cape TownPerformer
Dominic Neill20JohannesburgEntertainer
Dumi Masilela24JohannesburgFootball Player & Singer
Jean Huisman20Port ElizabethStudent
Khaya Mthethwa25DurbanSinger
Maryke Buffel22PaarlSinger
Matthew Samson21Cape TownMusician
Melissa Allison23Port ElizabethMusician
Monde Msutwana30WitbankMarketing Assistant & Radio Presenter
Nosipho Mngomezulu22BrakpanFarmer
Obakeng Ramaboa26MunsievilleSinger
Shekhinah Donnell17DurbanStudent
Sihle Ndaba23ErmeloPerformer
Simphiwe Gwegwe23Port NollothPerformer
Thabisa Mhlakulwana28Port ElizabethSinger
Treasure Mushwana21RoodepoortMusician
Tshidi Tenyane28ThokozaJewelry Designer and Musician

The Top 18 contestants were split into two groups based on gender, the males group and the females group.

Semi-Final: Males

Season 8 Top 18 contestants - Boys
The male contestants in Season 8’s Top 18.

Each contestant in the males group performed a song of their own choice, their show aired on Saturday 21 July 2012.

ContestantSongResult
Matthew Samson“Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye CherryEliminated
Dumi Masilela“Sexy Love” by Ne-YoEliminated
Obakeng Ramaboa“If There’s Any Justice” by LemarAdvanced
Jean Huisman“Love the One You’re With” by Stephen StillsEliminated
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Angel” by Sarah McLachlanAdvanced
Dominic Neill“Don’t Stop the Music” by Jamie CullumAdvanced
Monde Msutwana“When a Woman Loves” by R. KellyAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia KeysAdvanced
Treasure Mushwana“Cooler Than Me” by Mike PosnerEliminated

Semi-Final: Females

Season 8 Top 18 contestants - Girls
The female contestants in Season 8’s Top 18.

Each contestant in the females group performed a song of their own choice, the girls group show aired on Sunday 22 July 2012 after which the viewers had the week to vote for their Top 10.

ContestantSongResult
Sihle Ndaba“Firework” by Katy PerryEliminated
Tshidi Tenyane“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer HudsonAdvanced
Maryke Buffel“Rock Steady” by Aretha FranklinEliminated
Chloë Kiley“Somebody That I Used to Know” by GotyeAdvanced
Shekhinah Donnell“Thinking Of You” by Katy PerryAdvanced
Nosipho Mngomezulu“Respect” by Aretha FranklinAdvanced
Thabisa Mhlakulwana“Loliwe” by ZaharaEliminated
Melissa Alison“Domino” by Jessie JAdvanced
Candida Mosoma“The Edge of Glory” by Lady GagaEliminated

Finalists

Season 8 finalists (Top 10 contestants) were revealed on Sunday 29 July 2012.

(ages stated at time of contest)

ContestantAgeHometownVoted OffSpectacular Theme
Khaya Mthethwa25DurbanWinnerFinal
Melissa Alison23Port ElizabethRunner-upFinal
Monde Msutwana30Witbank25 Sep 2012Semi-Final
Tshidi Tenyane28Thokoza18 Sep 2012Homebrew
Simphiwe Gwegwe23Port Nolloth11 Sep 2012Greatest songs according to Rolling Stone Magazine
Shekhinah Donnell17Durban4 Sep 2012Showstopper
Dominic Neill20Johannesburg28 Aug 2012Soul
Chloë Kiley24Cape Town21 Aug 2012Song from My Birth Year
Nosipho Mngomezulu22Brakpan14 Aug 2012Grammy Award Winner
Obakeng Ramaboa26Munsieville7 Aug 2012Old school / New School

Top 10

The Top 10 performance show aired on Sunday 5 August 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 7 August 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 10 contestants
Season 8 Top 10 contestants (finalists).

Theme: “Old / New School”

ContestantSongResult
Nosipho Mngomezulu“Lady Marmalade” by Patti LaBelleAdvanced
Obakeng Ramaboa“Kiss” by PrinceEliminated
Monde Msutwana“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry WhiteAdvanced
Chloë Kiley“Missing You” by John WaiteAdvanced
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Kiss and Say Goodbye” by DenimAdvanced
Dominic Neill“I Need A Dollar” by Aloe BlaccAdvanced
Melissa Allison“Superstition” by Stevie WonderAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by AerosmithAdvanced
Shekhinah Donnell“Simply the Best” by Tina TurnerAdvanced
Tshidi Tenyane“How Will I Know” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced

Top 9

The Top 9 performance show aired on Sunday 12 August 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 14 August 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 9 contestants
Season 8 Top 9 contestants with guest judge John Legend.

Theme: “Grammy Award Winner”

Guest Performer: John Legend

ContestantSongResult
Khaya Mthethwa“Without You” by David Guetta feat UsherAdvanced
Monde Msutwana“Crawling Back to You” by DaughtryAdvanced
Melissa Allison“Gabriel” by Joe GoddardAdvanced
Shekhinah Donnell“Marry the Night” by Lady GagaAdvanced
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Beautiful Monster” by Ne-YoAdvanced
Tshidi Tenyane“My Immortal” by EvanescenceAdvanced
Nosipho Mngomezulu“Grenade” by Bruno MarsEliminated
Dominic Neill“Dynamite” by Taio CruzAdvanced
Chloë Kiley“Misery Business” by ParamoreAdvanced

Top 8

The Top 8 performance show aired on Sunday 19 August 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 21 August 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 8 contestants
Season 8 Top 8 contestants.

Theme: “Song From My Birth Year”

ContestantSongResult
Tshidi Tenyane“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather GirlsAdvanced
Dominic Neill“To Be with You” by Mr. BigAdvanced
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Man in the Mirror” by Michael JacksonAdvanced
Chloë Kiley“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXSEliminated
Monde Msutwana“Rosanna” by TotoAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“September” by Earth, Wind and FireAdvanced
Melissa Allison“Eternal Flame” by The BanglesAdvanced
Shekhinah Donnell“Waterfalls” by TLCAdvanced

Top 7

The Top 7 performance show aired on Sunday 26 August 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 28 August 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 7 contestants
Season 8 Top 7 contestants.

They performed on Sunday 26 August 2012, the results were revealed on Tuesday 28 August 2012.

Theme: “Soul Hits”

ContestantSongResult
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Sign of a Victory” by R. KellyAdvanced
Tshidi Tenyane“As” by Mary J. BligeAdvanced
Monde Msutwana“Purple Rain” by PrinceAdvanced
Dominic Neill“Paradise” by ColdplayEliminated
Shekhinah Donnell“I Try” by Macy GreyAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“The World’s Greatest” by R. KellyAdvanced
Melissa Allison“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” by Aretha Franklin & EurythmicsAdvanced

Top 6

The Top 6 performance show aired on Sunday 2 September 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 4 September 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 6 contestants
Season 8 Top 6 contestants.

Theme: “Showstopper”

ContestantSongResult
Shekhinah Donnell“Till the World Ends” by Britney SpearsEliminated
Melissa Allison“Where Have You Been” by RihannaAdvanced
Monde Msutwana“Scream” by UsherAdvanced
Simphiwe Gwegwe“Turn Up the Music” by Chris BrownAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“Knock You Down” by Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo & Kanye WestAdvanced
Tshidi Tenyane“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay-ZAdvanced

Top 5

The Top 5 performance show aired on Sunday 9 September 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 11 September 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 5 contestants
Season 8 Top 5 contestants.

Theme: “Greatest Songs According To Rolling Stone Magazine”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Monde Msutwana“One” by U2“Cry Me a River” by Justin TimberlakeAdvanced
Simphiwe Gwegwe“No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie RaittEliminated
Tshidi Tenyane“Imagine” by John Lennon“River Deep – Mountain High” by Ike & Tina TurnerAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis ReddingAdvanced
Melissa Allison“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers“Proud Mary” by Tina TurnerAdvanced

Top 4

The Top 4 performance show aired on Sunday 16 September 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 18 September 2012.

Theme: “Homebrew”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Melissa Allison“Lovesick” by The Arrows“Ndihamba Nawe” by MafikizoloAdvanced
Monde Msutwana“Dominoes” by Brian Temba“Indigo Girl” by WatershedAdvanced
Tshidi Tenyane“Ndawo Yami” by Zamajobe“Doo Bee Doo” by FreshlygroundEliminated
Khaya Mthethwa“Lengoma” by Zahara“Blue Eyes” by Springbok Nude GirlsAdvanced

Duets:

  • Monde Msutwana and Tshidi Tenyane performed “Think Like a Man” by Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo feat. Rick Ross
  • Melissa Allison and Khaya Mthethwa performed “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

Top 3 (Semi-final)

The Top 3 performance show aired on Sunday 23 September 2012, the results show then aired live on Tuesday 25 September 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 3 contestants
Season 8 Top 3 contestants (Left to Right): Monde Msutwana, Melissa Allison and Khaya Mthethwa.

Theme: “Theatre Week Songs”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Monde Msutwana“By Your Side” by Sade“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People“Night Shift” by CommodoresEliminated
Melissa Allison“Fallin'” by Alicia Keys“Chasing Pavements” by Adele“Unfaithful” by RihannaAdvanced
Khaya Mthethwa“Down to Earth” by Justin Bieber“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5“Super Bass” by Nicki MinajAdvanced

Top 2 (Grand Finale)

The season 8 Grand Finale took place on Sunday 30 September 2012 and voting results were announced on Tuesday 2 October 2012.

Idols SA Season 8 Top 2 contestants, Khaya Mthethwa and Melissa Allison
Season 8 Top 2 contestants: Melissa Allison and Khaya Mthethwa.

Themes:
“Favourite Performance”
“Most Talkes Performance”
“Winner’s Single”

Guest Judge: Ciara

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Khaya Mthethwa“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding“The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly“Move” by Khaya MthethwaWinner
Melissa Allison“Gabriel” by Joe Goddard“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” by Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics“I Could Spend a Lifetime” by Melissa AllisonRunner-up

Duet:

  • Melissa Allison and Khaya Mthethwa performed “No Air” by Chris Brown Ft. Jordin Sparks
Khaya Mthethwa wins Idols SA Season 8
Grand Finale Results Show: Khaya Mthethwa cannot contain his surprise after being announced as the winner of Idols SA season 8.
Khaya Mthethwa wins Idols SA Season 8
Grand Finale Results Show: Khaya Mthethwa acknowledging the audience after being announced as the Idols SA season 8 winner.

Voting Results

Main article: Idols South Africa Season 8 voting results

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