Idols South Africa Season 5

Idols South Africa V was 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 run 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 Liezl 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 1. M-Net made an official announcement that Liezl van der Westhuizen will be the new host. She was presented to viewers in the first episode of Season 5 when Colin was run over by a car in a scene and she took the reins from him as the new host.

Final voting disaster

On the official finale Sasha Lee Davids was announced the winner, with 52.77% of the votes. Four days later, Idols announced that there had been problems with the voteline, and some of the votes that were sent before the cut-off time were not counted. The investigation hit the front page of the Times on 8 May 2009 and later in the day it was announced on that the recount had showed that Jason Hartman had received 200000 more votes than Sasha Lee Davids(of 2.3 million total votes in the finale (recount)). After discussion between M-Net and FremantleMedia (the format owners), Jason Hartman and Sasha Lee Davids were 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.



(ages stated at time of contest)

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Live Show Details

Heat 1 – Top 14 (22 February 2009)

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Heat 2 – Top 12 (1 March 2009)

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Live Show 1 (8 March 2009)

Theme: Greatest Hits

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Live Show 2 (15 March 2009)

Theme: Divas and Crooners

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Live Show 3 (22 March 2009)

Theme: New Millennium

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Live Show 4 (29 March 2009)

Theme: Best of South Africa

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Live Show 5 (5 April 2009)

Theme: Rock Classics

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Live Show 6 (12 April 2009)

Theme: DJ’s Choice

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Live Show 7 (19 April 2009)

Theme: Unplugged

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Live Show 8: Semi-final (26 April 2009)

Theme: Choices

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Live final (3 May 2009)

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