Idols SA Season 9

Idols SA Season 9 took place in 2013, the winner was Musa Sukwene and the runner-up was Brenden Ledwaba.

Season Summary

Judges:Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams, and Gareth Cliff
Winner:Musa Sukwene
Runner-up:Brenden Ledwaba
Grand Finale Venue:Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria
Original Network:M-Net, M-Net HD & Mzansi Magic
Start Date:Sunday 28 July 2013
End Date:Tuesday 26 November 2013
Idols SA Season 9 Judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Gareth Cliff
Idols SA Season 9 Judges (Left to Right): Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi, and Gareth Cliff.


The season 9 auditions kicked off in February and ended in March 2013, and were held in the following cities:

DateCityVenueEpisode Air Date
Saturday 2 February 2013Cape Town, Western CapeGrandwest Arena28 July 2013
Saturday 16 February 2013Soweto, GautengSoweto Theatre11 August 2013
Saturday 2 March 2013Durban, Kwazulu NatalThe Playhouse Company4 August 2013
Saturday 23 March 2013Johannesburg, GautengSandton Convention Centre11 August 2013

Tickets To Sun City (Golden Tickets) Given Out Countrywide

Audition CityGolden Tickets
Cape Town, Western Cape19
Soweto and Johannesburg39
Durban, Kwazulu Natal21

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

Theatre Week

The 80 talented singers who received the judges’ nod at the countrywide auditions moved into Sun City to show their mettle at the competition’s notorious Theatre Phase, also known as “Hell Week”.

The judges didn’t waste any time and by the end of the episode, the hypercritical trio of Gareth Cliff, Randall Abrahams, and Unathi Nkayi had slashed down the number of potential Idols to a mere 33.

So below is how things unfolded during Season 9’s Theatre Week.

During Idols SA Hell Week, contestants have to prove that they’re the best of the best, worthy of a spot in the Top 10, where they will be under immense pressure week after week. So, this year, the torture and tension started upon arrival when some performers were issued with mysterious yellow armbands.

Then the mystery and anxiety intensified with more color-coding: after singing a song of their choice on stage the judges sent the remaining performers to an ominous Orange Room, Purple Room, or Red Room.

Finally, Gareth Cliff, stepped forward to start unraveling the mystery. “All of you got three ‘yeses’ in your audition,” he told the group with the yellow armbands, who hadn’t sung yet. “You are through!” In other words, these 27 performers skipped the first round of Theatre Week auditions. And, the news was equally good for the contestants in the Orange Room, who all sang their way through to the next round.

As the contestants in the Purple Room only got two ‘yeses’ each for their performances, “You’re in, for now …” Randall Abrahams told them. “But you’re going to have to work at least twice as hard,” he warned.

The contestants in the Red Room all received two ‘no’s’, which meant their journey in Idols 9 had come to an end. But, Unathi Msengana explained, the judges each allowed themselves one save.

Gareth announced that he wanted to save Ntokozo Mbata from Soweto and Unathi rescued Durban’s Leigh Hondy. But Randall said he didn’t consider any one of them worth saving so Unathi grabbed the opportunity to save one more contestant: the “farmgirl punk” from Cape Town, Tauna Collier.

The survivors’ celebration was short-lived, though, because that very same night the remaining 51 contestants had to divide themselves into groups, pick a song, and rehearse and choreograph it overnight for their group performance the very next morning.

This was familiar ground for Hell Week veterans like 17-year-old Rethabile Khumalo from Soweto. “I’ve been here before and it’s kinda bringing back bad memories,” she sighed.

The next morning Hell Week again lived up to its reputation. Directly after the first group’s performance, three contestants were unceremoniously sent home: Cape Town’s Vincent Verhoog, Colin Scoltz, and Lee-Ron Malgas.

On a happier note, one of the three saves from the Red Room the previous day, Tauna Collier, upped her game and made it through to fight another day – despite complaints from group members that she struggled to harmonize with them.

By the end of the brutal Group Round, there were 32 contestants still in the game, but Unathi had one last surprise – after conspiring with her fellow judges she rushed off to save one final contestant to bring the total to 33: Cape Town’s Lee-Ron Malgas. And this was still just the end of Day 2 of Hell Week.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 33

The Top 33 contestants were revealed on Sunday 25 August 2013, they then had their solo performances a week later on Sunday 1 September 2013.

Below are the Top 33 contestants;

  • Amy Jones
  • Anele Mxhakaza
  • Benjamin Tainton
  • Brenden Ledwaba
  • Bunny Majaja
  • Busisiwe Masengemi
  • Cara Frew
  • Carle van Deventer
  • Christina Williams
  • Crystalene Nair
  • Eddie Koeberg
  • Edward Allen
  • Frank Horton
  • Innocent Mabushe
  • Jonathan Johansen
  • Lee-Ron Malgas
  • Leigh Hondy
  • Sonke Mazibuko
  • Msizi Madinane
  • Musa Sukwene
  • Neliswa Mxhakaza
  • Paola Donadio
  • Philip Dube
  • Phiwe Mfeka
  • Rethabile Khumalo
  • Sarah-Jade Haskin
  • Sindile Mavimbela
  • Sinenhlanhla Zungu
  • Tauna Collier
  • Thato Burhali
  • Tumi Lesejana
  • Tumi Morobane
  • Zoe Zana

Idols SA Season 9 Top 16

The Idols SA Season 9 Top 16 contestants (finalists) were revealed on Sunday 8 September 2013.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 16 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 16 contestants.

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

Amy Jones20Cape TownStudent
Benjamin Tainton19Cape TownApprentice Farrier
Brenden Ledwaba19MpumalangaStudent
Bunny Majaja26JohannesburgMusician
Carlé van Deventer30JohannesburgSinger
Christina Williams21Port ElizabethSinger
Crystalene Nair24DurbanTeacher & Singer
Innocent Mabushe27LimpopoSinger
Jono Johansen16DurbanStudent
Lee-Ron Malgas18Cape TownStudent
Musa Sukwene26MpumalangaMusician
Philip Dube20JohannesburgStudent
Sonke Mazibuko21SowetoSinger
Tauna Collier26Cape TownSinger
Tumi Lesejane21MidrandStudent
Zoë Zana19Cape TownStudent

The Top 16 contestants were then split into two groups based on gender, the male group and the female group.

Top 16 Show

Top 8 Males

The male contestants of the Top 16 performed live on Sunday 15 September 2013 and their voting results were announced on Tuesday 17 September 2013.

Theme: “Radio Hits”

Benjamin Tainton“Wake Me Up” by AviciiAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“Stay” by Rihanna Ft. Mikky EkkoAdvanced
Innocent Mabushe“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile RodgersAdvanced
Jono Johansen“Millionaires” by The ScriptEliminated
Lee-Ron Malgas“Harriet Jones” by Eric BenétEliminated
Sonke Mazibuko“Diamonds” by RihannaAdvanced
Philip Dube“Believe In Me” by R. KellyEliminated
Musa Sukwene“Don’t Judge Me” by Chris BrownAdvanced

Top 8 Females

The female contestants of the Top 16 performed live on Sunday 22 September 2013 and their voting results were announced on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

Theme: “Radio Hits”

Carlé van Deventer“Brave” by Sara BareillesEliminated
Tauna Collier“One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)” by One DirectionEliminated
Tumi Lesejane“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth Ft. Emeli SandéAdvanced
Christina Williams“Clown” by Emeli SandéAdvanced
Amy Jones“Brand New Me” by Alicia KeysEliminated
Bunny Majaja“Let Her Go” by PassengerAdvanced
Zoë Zana“Lose To Win” by FantasiaAdvanced
Crystalene Nair“Come & Get It” by Selena GomezAdvanced

Idols SA Season 9 Top 10

The Idols SA season 9 top 10 contestants were revealed in two groups, the first group which consisted of five male contestants was revealed on Tuesday 17 September 2013 during the results show, live from the State Theatre.

The second group which consisted of five female contestants was then revealed a week later on Tuesday 24 September 2013 during the results show.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 10 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 10 contestants.

The top 10 contestants then performed live on Friday 27 September 2013 at the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Tshwane.

Theme: “Cheese”

Brenden Ledwaba“You Sexy Thing” by Hot ChocolateAdvanced
Crystalene Nair“Because You Loved Me” by Céline DionAdvanced
Innocent Mabushe“Lady In Red” by Chris de BurghAdvanced
Benjamin Tainton“Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” by Bryan AdamsAdvanced
Zoë Zana“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick AstleyBottom Three
Sonke Mazibuko“All Out of Love” by Air SupplyAdvanced
Tumi Lesejane“Take My Breath Away” by BerlinEliminated
Bunny Majaja“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry WhiteAdvanced
Musa Sukwene“Sexual Healing” by Marvin GayeAdvanced
Christina Williams“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the WavesBottom Three
Idols SA Season 9 Male Contestants Of The Top 10
The five male contestants in the Season 9 Top 10.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 9

The season 9 top 9 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 1 October 2013 during a live results show that was broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic from the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Tshwane, they then performed live on Friday 4 October 2013.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 9 Contestants
Season 9 Top 9 contestants.

Theme: “My Idol”

Guest Mentor: Ziyon

Crystalene Nair“Stronger” by Kelly ClarksonAdvanced
Musa Sukwene“Ndiyagodola” by Ringo MadlingoziAdvanced
Christina Williams“Try” by PinkBottom three
Sonke Mazibuko“Jik’izinto” by ZonkeAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“Her Heart” by Anthony HamiltonAdvanced
Benjamin Tainton“The Scientist” by ColdplayEliminated
Innocent Mabushe“Paradise” by ColdplayAdvanced
Zoë Zana“Love The Way You Lie” by RihannaBottom three
Bunny Majaja“Proud Mary” by Tina TurnerAdvanced

Idols SA Season 9 Top 8

The season 9 top 8 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 8 October 2013 and then they performed live on Friday 11 October 2013 with support of a full orchestra.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 8 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 8 contestants.

Theme: “Movie Magic Anthems”

Guest Mentor: Trevor Jones

Zoë Zana“Lady Marmalade” cover by Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Pink & Lil’ KimAdvanced
Innocent Mabushe“Two Hearts” by Phil CollinsEliminated
Sonke Mazibuko“Go The Distance” by Michael BoltonAdvanced
Crystalene Nair“Waiting To Exhale” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“This Woman’s Work” by Kate BushAdvanced
Musa Sukwene“Win” by Brian McKnightAdvanced
Bunny Majaja“Kiss From A Rose” by SealBottom three
Christina Williams“Skyfall” by AdeleBottom three

Idols SA Season 9 Top 7

The season 9 top 7 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 15 October 2013 but before host ProVerb announced the final voting results, former Idols SA contestant Loyiso Bala provided some welcome relief from the tension with a performance of his latest hit, “Time To Dance”.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 7 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 7 contestants.

The Top 7 contestants then performed live on Friday 18 October 2013 with the help of the Idols SA Choir.

Theme: “Choral Interpretations”

Group Performance: The Top 7 contestants performed – “Roar” by Katy Perry

Crystalene Nair“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” by Aretha FranklinBottom three
Musa Sukwene“Pass Me Over” by Anthony HamiltonAdvanced
Bunny Majaja“Let It Be” by The BeatlesBottom three
Sonke Mazibuko“Many Rivers To Cross” by Jimmy CliffAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“You Raise Me Up” by Josh GrobanAdvanced
Christina Williams“Fallin’” by Alicia KeysEliminated
Zoë Zana“Can You Feel It” by The Jackson 5Advanced

Idols SA Season 9 Top 6

The Top 6 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 22 October 2013 during a live results show where multi-award-winning South African crooner Donald entertained the Pretoria audience with his latest hit, “Crazy But Amazing”.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 6 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 6 contestants.

The Top 6 contestants then performed live on Friday 25 October 2013.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Guest Mentor: Danny K

Guest Performers: ChianoSky & Somizi Mhlongo

Group Performance: The Top 6 contestants performed – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy

Sonke Mazibuko“Khona” by Mafikizolo Ft. UhuruAdvanced
Crystalene Nair“Right Now” by Rihanna Ft. David GuettaEliminated
Brenden Ledwaba“Lengoma” by ZaharaBottom three
Zoë Zana“Wild” by Jessie J Ft. Dizzee Rascal & Big SeanAdvanced
Bunny Majaja“Raise Your Glass” by PinkBottom three
Musa Sukwene“Via Orlando” by DJ Vetkuk vs MahootaAdvanced

NOTE: Musa Sukwene underwent surgery for kidney stones before his Top 6 performance on Friday 25 October 2013.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 5

The top 5 were revealed on Tuesday 29 October 2013 and during the live results show, Danny K, who has been an Idols SA guest judge, a mentor and a guest performer, performed his latest hit, “Brown Eyes” accompanied by Kwaito star Brickz live at the Moreleta Auditorium – he told ProVerb he wished Idols was around when he was trying to break into the music business.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 5 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 5 contestants.

The Top 5 contestants then performed live on Friday 1 November 2013.

Theme: “The Nineties (’90s) VS the Naughties (’00s)”

Guest Mentor: Pam De Menezes

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Musa Sukwene“Bump n’ Grind” by R. Kelly“Can’t Stay” by Dave HollisterAdvanced
Bunny Majaja“Show Me Love” by Robin S“Ndiredi” by Simphiwe DanaEliminated
Brenden Ledwaba“Nice & Slow” by Usher“Jailer” by AsaAdvanced
Zoë Zana“Together Again” by Janet Jackson“Survivor” by Destiny’s ChildBottom two
Sonke Mazibuko“Killing Me Softly” by The Fugees“Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael BubléAdvanced

Idols SA Season 9 Top 4

The Top 4 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 5 November 2013 and during the live results show, South African girl group The Arrows was in the house at the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria to perform their hit “Spin My World Around”.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 4 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 4 contestants.

The Top 4 contestants then performed live on Friday 8 November 2013.

Theme: “Love Hits”

Guest Mentor: Zonke

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongResult
Zoë Zana“Rock With You” by Michael Jackson“Wrecking Ball” by Miley CyrusEliminated
Sonke Mazibuko“A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway“Loved Me Back To Life” by Céline DionAdvanced
Musa Sukwene“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley and the Wailers“Thy Will Be Done” by India.Arie Ft. Gramps MorganAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley and the Wailers“All of Me” by John LegendBottom two


Sonke Mazibuko and Zoë Zana : “When I First Saw You” by Jamie Foxx & Beyoncé

Brenden Ledwaba and Musa Sukwene : “Same Girl” by R. Kelly & Usher

Idols SA Season 9 Top 4 contestants, Sonke Mazibuko and Zoe Zana performing a duet
Sonke Mazibuko and Zoe Zana perform a duet, “When I First Saw You” by Jamie Foxx & Beyoncé.
Idols SA Season 9 Top 4 contestants, Brenden Ledwaba and Musa Sukwene performing a duet
Musa Sukwene and Brenden Ledwaba performing a duet, “Same Girl” by R. Kelly & Usher.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 3

The Top 3 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 12 November 2013 and in order to lighten the tension in the room during the live results show, Zonke who helped mentor the Top 4 contestants performed her latest hit, “Feelings”.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 3 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 3 contestants.

The Top 3 contestants then performed live on Friday 15 November 2013, they each performed three songs, one chosen for them by the Idols SA judges, one selected by the Idols SA Musical Director RJ Benjamin, and one song of their own choosing. As usual, tickets for the show were available for purchase on Computicket.

– “Contestants’ Choice”
– “Judges’ Choice”
– “Idols SA Musical Director’s Choice”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Sonke Mazibuko“Burn Out” by Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse“Turn Me On” by David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj“Rhythm Of The Night” by DeBargeEliminated
Musa Sukwene“Inkomo” by The Soil“Meropa” by BOP and the Mahotella Queens“Love” by Musiq SoulchildAdvanced
Brenden Ledwaba“Do You” by Miguel“Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber Ft. Nicki Minaj“Locked Out Of Heaven” by Bruno MarsAdvanced

The Top 3 contestants, Sonke, Musa and Brenden got to meet with Idols SA fans on Saturday 16 November 2013 at the Truworths flagship store in Sandton City at 10:00 AM. The Top 3 posed for photographs with the fans and also signed autographs for them.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 2 (Grand Finale)

The Idols SA season 9 Top 2 contestants were revealed on Tuesday 19 November 2013 during a live results show.

Idols SA Season 9 Top 2 Contestants
Idols SA Season 9 Top 2 contestants; Brenden Ledwaba and Musa Sukwene.

Idols SA fans had the opportunity to see the Top 2 contestants and got their autographs when they performed live at the brand new Cradlestone Mall at Mogale City at noon and at Cresta Mall in Randburg at 14:30 on Saturday 23 November 2013.

Then the Idols SA fans in Cape Town got to cheer our Top 2 finalists, Brenden and Musa at Canal Walk at 11:00 AM on Sunday 24 November 2013.

Tickets for the Grand Finale were on sale at Computicket, the Grand Finale took place on Tuesday 26 November 2013, and was broadcast live on both M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

– “Season’s Best picked by the Show Producers”
– “Season’s Best picked by the Contestant”
– “Contestant’s brand new single”

ContestantFirst SongSecond SongThird SongResult
Brenden Ledwaba“Jailer” by Aṣa“Stay” by Rihanna Ft. Mikky Ekko“Fingerprints”Runner-up
Musa Sukwene“Ndiyagodola” by Ringo Madlingozi“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye“I Still Feel It”Winner

Guest Performers:
– The Parlotones
– ChianoSky
– Mi Casa
– Khuli Chana

After 2 million votes and just over a mere 1,000 separating the winner from the runner-up, Musa Sukwene was announced as the winner after a tight competition between him and Brenden Ledwaba.

Musa Sukwene, Idols SA Season 9 Winner
Musa Sukwene performing the last song of the season after being announced as the Idols SA season 9 winner.

M-Net’s Head of Publicity and Special Projects Lani Lombard said at the time that this was the first of its kind to have two contestants so close to being Idol SA winners.

“We have never experienced such a close race before on Idols SA.

“It’s a testament to the calibre of the contestants as well as the passion of the fans. It’s fantastic to be able to provide such a phenomenal platform for untapped local singing talent.”

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