South Africa’s most watched reality show and music competition, Idols, has revealed the remaining top 17 contestants.
Thousands of hopefuls had auditioned to be the season 15 South African Idol. It has been a gruelling journey, from mass auditions to an intense theatre week that included group and solo performances. Now meet the Top 17 who will perform on stage and try to impress you for your votes.
Andy Keys (20)
Andy Keys is from Embalenhle Secunda, he auditined in Pretoria. Andy wishes he had the ability to read people’s minds, ‘I just feel like it will make life easier I will be able to know who is real with and who is also fake, then stick with those who are real to me’. Andy Keys adores Somgaga’s fashion sense. He appreciates Ringo Madlingozi’s music.
He has always loved his music. He also appreciates the fact that they both have one thing in common, ‘a gap in their front teeth’. He believes that what sets him apart from the other contestants is that he is shy.
Nolo hails from the northern township of Soshanguve auditioned in his home city, the capital of Amapiano, Tshwane. When asked who he would kiss, marry or ghost amongst the judges, he said he would marry Unathi, Kiss SomGaga (asking if he really had to) and definitely ghost Randall. He believes that his smile is the best feature he has got. He is also someone who is ready to give a helping hand. If Nolo wins, he is planning on travelling and exploring a few African countries. Now, this is being Pan African on another level!
Luvuyo was born in the home of the Buffalo River, King Williams Town, in the Eastern Cape. Luvuyo wishes he had superpowers and have the ability to multiply objects, ‘so that I could multiply money and feed families who are struggling or living in poverty’. He is Mr Brackets (bowlegged). He believes that he has got a great sense of humour. Winning the show for Luyulo would be about showing appreciation to everyone who supported him.
When you want something as much as she does, you go the distance for it. Mmangaliso travelled more than 550km to audition in Johannesburg and she got four nods and was ready to move to the next stage of the competition. She is from Ladysmith, in Kwa Zulu-Natal. She believes that her greatest personality trait is her kindness. And if she wins the competition, she is going to have a victory dinner with family and friends.
Sizwe Hlatshwayo (27)
Mpumalanga is the home of some of the Idols SA winners, Musa and Karabo. Sizwe is also from the Home of the Rising Star, in Emalahleni. He travelled to the Capital City of Mzansi for his auditions. If wishes were horses, Sizwe would be Iron Man. He is fascinated by the super hero’s ability to be 100% human, smart and still have a relatable personality.
Craig Jordaan (21)
Craig is from Elsies River, Epping Forest in Cape Town. He won a singing competition for Kay FM a few years ago and he had to write a song for himself. To get this far, He was given three yeses from the judges during his auditions. To get here, Craig has improved a lot. One of the judges told him that he has got everything, but he must start believing in himself.
Sneziey is from Umlazi, Durban. The lady famous for her contagious laughter loves her loud laughter. She describes herself as a very warm hearted and respects other people’s crafts. She is granny’s daughter. She wants to win this competition so she can create a better life for herself and her grandmother. Her first yes was from Randall and that was a good start for her to grab a golden ticket that was confirmed by four emphatic yeses.
Zia is from Manenburg, Cape Town and is a returnee. She was part of Idols Season 13, which was won by Paxton. She comes back older and wiser and ready to go all the way to the top. She has got a strong character. Three yeses is what got her back into the Idols dream.
Louise is from Strandfontein Village, in Cape Town and she has done a lot of gigs in the past and this was her first-time auditioning. She is the second eldest contestant of the 2019 Idols competition.
She rocked up on stage with her twin sister Viggy and serenaded the judges. The guest judge, Vusi Nova told the twins that they made his day. She and her twin sister were given four emphatic yeses by the judges. This is the young lady from Stanger, Durban in Kwa Zulu-Natal.
She was born in Stinger, Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal, twin sister to Virginia doesn’t want to be separated from her sister, and they are always dressed the same way. She got four yeses in the auditions that took place in the home of Gqom music.
She has already swapped a chalk, learners and classroom for a mic, the stage and a dream to be the Idols SA season 15 winner. She is from Khuma, Stilfontein in the North West province.
Idols’ queen of comebacks is from Kwamashu, in Durban. She collapsed on stage during the season 12 auditions. Unathi remembered her immediately and commended her for her bravery to come back on stage, calling her ‘an inspiration’. She lives up to her name such means, a Victor, and she has overcome her fears.
The 21-year-old is from Cape Town, Western Cape. He got four yeses to kick start his Idols journey. He is one of the few people to be affirmed by Randell. He told him that he can win season 15. Now, that is a serious confidence boaster!
In order for the 23-year-old to get this far in this competition, she was validated by four yeses. Treasure even got advise from the guest judge Vusi Nova who felt compelled to give tips on keeping the voice fresh.This is an individual who believes that they have the craziest sense of humour.
Micayla Lee (18)
The teen from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape is the youngest contestant for season 15. She is one of the Pop Up Auditions golden ticket winners. She has been consistent, and the judges have been happy with her throughout the audition stages.
She is a returnee to the competition. She has a lot of experience in music. The vocalist from a working band travelled to the capital city, Pretoria from Ennerdale, Joburg to give it a try one more time. That is what we call determination!
The much-anticipated Idols Season 15 live shows has begun! This year, we are embarking on an exciting new set-up for live show attendance. This means that complimentary tickets can no longer be issued. The live shows are still open to public and tickets are available for sale at Webtickets.
Idols SA season 15 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit their website at www.idolssa.tv
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