In a spectacular show that had all the makings of a high octane concert, Idols SA unveiled this season’s Top 10!

The stage was set ablaze by A-list chart-topping musicians that included Emtee, Fifi Cooper, Black Motion, Idols Season9 winner Musa, Robbie Malinga, Arthur Mafokate and Chomee. The contestants also put on a stunning showcase, with the girls singing Beyoncé’s power anthem Freedom, while the guys serenaded the audience and viewers with a medley of Prince’s songs featuring Purple Rain.

But all good things come to an end, and it was up to host Proverb to announce which five contestants had sung their swan song on the Idols stage. The remaining 10, two of which were saved by the judges, will battle it out for Mzansi’s votes as they fight to stay in the competition.

The Idols SA Season XII’s Top 10 contestants are….

Lucia Jakeni (26) from Vereeniging in Gauteng. When she entered Idols SA for the second time, she had one focus only – to pick the songs that will make her husky rough diamond voice shine brighter than any other on the show. So far, so good.

Noma Khumalo (22) from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The Grade 4-7 assistant teacher by day and vocalist in a band by night is fast becoming the soul sister of the season with her heart-tugging song choices.

Valentine Mathe (20) from Mamelodi, outside Pretoria. Her infectious smile and love for life translate every time she takes to the stage to belt out a song. Born on Valentine’s Day, she epitomises love and happiness.

Nosihe Zulu (28) from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Her performances have been dominated by contemporary strong female songs that have served her well. She certainly made an indelible impression when she brought her young brother to the auditions.

Keegan Martin (23) from Roodepoort in Gauteng. Fourth time’s the charm for this young singer. The first three times he didn’t get far; finally trying his luck this season to rave reviews from the judges seeing him make the Top 10.

Thami Shobede (20) from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. Music is his first love, so much so that he studies it. Now that he is on Idols, he is learning that knowing the theory does necessarily make this tough competition easier. His talent and flexibility have served him well enough to get to the Top 10 so far.

Tebogo Louw (24) is from Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Arguably the most watched and talked about returnee by the judges, he knows that he does not have an easy road ahead. So far, his single-minded focus has seen him impress all round.

Terra Kocks (28) Eden Park, Alberton. When he steps on to the Idols stage, not only does he open himself to every single emotion the song demands, but his incredibly layered voice sees him leave his soul on that very stage.

Sanele Mkhize (21) is from Ntumaza in KwaZulu-Natal. During his audition, Somizi called him “refreshing” and Randal said Robbie Malinga, whose song he sang, would love him.

Bevin Samuels (19) from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. He was the first to receive four yesses in Cape Town where he auditioned, bowling the judges over with his performance of Billionaire by Bruno Mars.


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