Idols South Africa (season 7)

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Idols
Season 7
Broadcast from 5 June – 4 October 2011
Judges Unathi Msengana
Gareth Cliff
Randall Abrahams
Host(s) ProVerb
Broadcaster M-Net & Mzansi Magic
Finals venue Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands
Winner
Dave van Vuuren
Origin Johannesburg
Song "Hall Of Mirrors"
Genre(s) Pop/Rock
Runner-up
Mark Haze
Chronology

Idols South Africa VII was the seventh season of South African reality interactive talent show based on the British talent show Pop Idol. It premiered on 5 June 2011. The judges returned with the addition of Unathi Msengana in the place of Mara Louw and were supported by a guest judge in every casting city.

After the auditions, call backs were held in Sun City for the golden ticket holders. After the theater, group and special guest The Parlotones rounds the final number of contestants were brought down to 16.

Regional auditions[edit]

Auditions began February 2011, and were held in the following cities:

Episode Air Date Audition City Date Audition Venue Guest Judge Tickets to Sun City
5 June 2011 Cape Town, Western Cape 12 February 2011 Cape Town International Convention Centre Danny K ?
12 June 2011 Polokwane, Limpopo 26 February 2011 Peter Mokaba Stadium Yvonne Chaka Chaka ?
19 June 2011 Durban, Kwazulu Natal 12 March 2011 Moses Mabhida Stadium Kurt Darren ?
26 June 2011 Soweto, Gauteng 26 March 2011 Dobsonville Stadium HHP ?
3 July 2011 Johannesburg, Gauteng 2 April 2011 Montecasino HHP ?

Wooden Mic[edit]

Every season the worst auditions voted for by the viewers to be part of their own Top 10 for the Wooden Mic trophy.

Wooden Mic Top 10[edit]

Contestant Audition City Result
1 Florence Nyanga Cape Town
2 Isaac van Wyk
3 Cecilia Galane Polokwane
4 Lethabo Ramoroka
5 Martin Mulima
6 Tshami Masemolo
7 Zandrie van Onselen Durban Winner
8 Peter Gobaknang Tebang Gauteng
9 Justin Alan Paton
10 Jacobus Engelbrecht

Top 16[edit]

After the Parlotones performance the judges let 14 contestants know that they were through to the Top 15. With the last two contestants Josslynn Hlenti from Durban and Kerry Sanssoucie from Johannesburg left the judges let the public vote for who they wanted to see in the Top 15. The following week the results were revealed and Kerry was chosen to take up the last place in the Top 15.

Top 15[edit]

The Top 15 contestants performed a song of their own choice. The show air on 24 July 2011 and viewers had the week to vote for their Top 10.

Contestant Age Hometown Song (Original Artist) Result
1 Dene Vorster 16 Roodepoort "Bad Romance" (Lady Gaga) safe
2 Erin Fourie 27 Hilton "All These Things That I've Done" (The Killers) safe
3 Mark Haze 28 Cape Town "Sweet Child of Mine" (Guns N' Roses) safe
4 Freddie Van'Dango 22 Johannesburg "The Scientist" (Coldplay) safe
5 Lefa Pike 29 Kimberly "Valerie" (Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse) safe
6 Crushanda Forbes 23 Cape Town "Alone" (Heart) safe
7 Phaksy Mngomezulu 20 Empangeni "Broken Strings" (James Morrison) safe
8 Dave Van Vuuren 21 Johannesburg "With or Without You" (U2) safe
9 Nolly Meje 24 Cape Town "Perfect" (Pink) safe
10 Kelly Fortuin 21 Cape Town "Mercy" (Duffy) safe
11 Kerry Sanssoucie 22 Johannesburg "Don't Speak" (No Doubt) Eliminated
12 Chloe Geldenhuys 16 Cape Town "Raise Your Glass" (Pink) Eliminated
13 Power Simelane 27 Soweto "Somebody to Love" (Justin Bieber) Eliminated
14 Kahludi Malele 29 Klipgat "Lazy" (Bruno Mars) Eliminated
15 Miss J 19 Durban "Firework" (Katy Perry) Eliminated

Finals[edit]

Finalists[edit]

(ages stated at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Voted Off Spectacular Theme
Nolly Meje 24 Cape Town 8 Aug 2011 Radio Chart Toppers
Phaksy Mngomezulu 20 Empangeni 16 Aug 2011 Homebrew
Dene Vorster 16 Roodepoort 30 Aug 2011 Gospel
Erin Fourie 27 Hilton 30 Aug 2011 Gospel
Kelly Fortuin 21 Cape Town 6 Sep 2011 Showstopper!
Lefa Pike 29 Kimberly 13 Sep 2011 Rock
Freddie Van'Dango 22 Johannesburg 20 Sep 2011 Grammy-Nominated songs
Crushanda Forbes 23 Cape Town 27 Sep 2011 Top Threes Terrific Trio
Mark Haze 28 Cape Town Runner-up Finale
Dave Van Vuuren 21 Johannesburg Winner Finale

Top 10 – Radio Chart Toppers[edit]

The Top 10 performance was recorded live on Friday 5 August 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 7 August 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 9 August 2011. With guest acts from Idols season 6's third place Sindi Nene and The Black Hotels.

Guest Judge: Ziyon (Liqiudeep)

Order Contestant Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Mark Haze "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga) Safe
2
Freddie Van'Dango "Human" (The Killers) Safe
3
Nolly Meje "Mama Do" (Pixie Lott) Eliminated
4
Erin Fourie "Hey Ya!" (Outkast) Safe
5
Lefa Pike "Grace Kelly" (Mika) Bottom 2
6
Dene Vorster "Someone Like You" (Adele) Safe
7
Phaksy Mngomezulu "How You Remind Me" (Nickelback) Safe
8
Kelly Fortuin "Leave Right Now" (Will Young) Safe
9
Crushanda Forbes "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Kelly Clarkson) Bottom 3
10
Dave Van Vuuren "Sex On Fire" (Kings Of Leon) Safe

Top 9 – Homegrew[edit]

The Top 9 performance was recorded live on Friday 12 August 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 14 August 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 16 August 2011. Guest Judge Cofield Mundi performed during the results show and sang a song she specially composed for Idols.

Guest Judge: Cofield Mundi

Order Contestant Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Erin Fourie "Fine Again" (Saran Gas) Bottom 2
2
Crushanda Forbes "Why" (Garth Taylor)
3
Mark Haze "Shallow Waters" (Just Jinjer)
4
Dave Van Vuuren "Blue Eyes" (Springbok Nude Girls)
5
Lefa Pike "Too Late For Mama" (Brenda Fassie) Bottom 3
6
Freddie Van'Dango "Against All Odds" (aKing)
7
Phaksy Mngomezulu "I Want You" (Loyiso) Eliminated
8
Kelly Fortuin "I’d Like" (Freshly Ground)
9
Dene Vorster "Afrikaans" (Flash Republic ft. Foto Na Dans)

Top 8 – R’n’B In All Its Diversity[edit]

The Top 8 were mentored in the finer points of R’n’B by South African legend Loyiso Bala, who performed with them as a special guest artist.
The Top 8 performance was recorded live on Friday 19 August 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 21 August 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 23 August 2011.

Guest Performer: Loyiso Bala

Order Contestant Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Kelly Fortuin "Rock With You" (Michael Jackson) "Saved"
2
Dave Van Vuuren "Sexual Healing" (Marvin Gaye)
3
Dene Vorster "Voice Within" (Christina Aguilera) Bottom Two
4
Mark Haze "Just The Way You Are" (Bruno Mars)
5
Erin Fourie "Halo" (Beyoncé)
6
Lefa Pike "Ordinary People" (John Legend)
7
Crushanda Forbes "I Learned from the Best" (Whitney Houston) Bottom Three
8
Freddie Van'Dango "Rehab" (Amy Winehouse)

Top 8 – Mzansi Youth Choir[edit]

The Top 8 took to the stage again after Kelly was saved by the judges. The Top 8 got a little help from the Mzansi Youth Choir, who provided the backing vocals for the Idols. James Blunt also performed during the show.
The Top 8 performance was recorded live on Friday 19 August 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 21 August 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 23 August 2011.
Two Contestants were eliminated, due to the judges using there one safe vote the week before.

Backing Vocals: Mzansi Youth Choir [1]
Guest Performer: James Blunt [2]
Guest Judge: Chante Moore [3]

Order Contestant Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Crushanda Forbes "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) Safe
2
Erin Fourie "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" (Jackie DeShannon) Eliminated
3
Dene Vorster "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (Jackie Wilson) Eliminated
4
Freddie Van'Dango "Forget You" (Cee Lo Green) Safe
5
Kelly Fortuin "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Aretha Franklin & George Michael) Safe
6
Dave Van Vuuren "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel) Safe
7
Lefa Pike "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers) Safe
4
Mark Haze "Somebody To Love" (Queen) Safe

Top 6 – Showstopper![edit]

The Top 6 will take to the stage after Erin and Dene was voted off the previous week in a double elimination.
The Top 6 performance will be recorded live on Friday 2 September 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 4 September 2011.
The results show will be aired live on Tuesday 6 September 2011.

Guest Judge: LeAnne [4]

Order Contestant Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Freddie Van'Dango "Seven Nation Army" (White Stripes) Bottom two
2
Kelly Fortuin "American Boy" (Estelle Feat. Kanye West) Eliminated
3
Lefa Pike "Miss Independent" (Ne-Yo) Safe
4
Dave Van Vuuren "Hound Dog" (Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton) Bottom three
5
Mark Haze "If I Had You" (Adam Lambert) Safe
6
Crushanda Forbes "Release Me" (Agnes) Safe

Top 5 – Rock[edit]

Every Contastant will perform two songs.
The Top 5 performance will be recorded live on Friday 9 September 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 11 September 2011.
The results show will be aired live on Tuesday 13 September 2011.

Guest Judge: Locnville

Order Contestant First Song (Original Artist) Second Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Mark Haze "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard) "Dream On" (Aerosmith) Bottom Two
2
Crushanda Forbes "Simply The Best" (Tina Turner) "Because of You" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
3
Lefa Pike "Don't Stop Me Now" (Queen) "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (The Script) Eliminated
4
Dave Van Vuuren "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls) "Come Together" (The Beatles) Safe
5
Freddie Van'Dango "Scar Tissue" (Red Hot Chili Peppers) "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones) Bottom Three

Top 4 – Grammy-Nominated songs[edit]

Every Contastant will perform two songs. And there will be two duets
The Top 4 performance will be recorded live on Friday 16 September 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 18 September 2011.
The results show will be aired live on Tuesday 20 September 2011.

Guest Judge: Craig David

Order Contestant First Song (Original Artist) Second Song (Original Artist) Result
1
Dave Van Vuuren "Streets of Philadelphia" (Bruce Springsteen) "Beautiful Day" (U2) Bottom two
2
Crushanda Forbes "Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion) "You Belong With Me" (Taylor Swift) Safe
3
Freddie Van'Dango "Kiss From A Rose" (Seal) "Use Somebody" (Kings Of Leon) Eliminated
4
Mark Haze "Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye) "The Pretender" (Foo Fighters) Safe
N/A
Dave Van Vuuren & Freddie Van'Dango "Don't Give Up" (John Legend & P!nk) N/A
N/A
Mark Haze & Crushanda Forbes "Fields Of Gold" (Michael Bolton & Eva Cassidy) N/A

Top 3 – Top Threes Terrific Trio[edit]

Every Contastant performed three songs. One of each contestant's songs has been chosen for them based on the year in which they were born.

Sterling EQ accompanied the Idols in two of their three songs.

The Top 3 performance was recorded live on Friday 23 September 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 25 September 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 27 September 2011.

Guest Judge: HHP

Order Contestant First Song (Original Artist) Second Song (Original Artist) Third Song (Original Artist) - Year of Birth Result
1
Mark Haze "Roxanne" (The Police) "Eleanor Rigby" (The Beatles) "Open Arms" (Journey) - 1982 Safe
2
Crushanda Forbes "Songbird" (Fleetwood Mac) "It's Raining Men" (Martha Wash feat. RuPaul) "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (Michael Jackson) - 1987 Eliminated
3
Dave Van Vuuren "Mr. Jones" (Counting Crows) "Vincent" (Don McLean) "Enjoy The Silence" (Depeche Mode) - 1990 Safe

Top 2 – Finale[edit]

The Top 2 Contestants performed three songs. Both Dave and Mark were allowed to choose their favourite performance from any stage of the Idols competition. The Top 2 were accompanied by one of SA’s biggest bands, The Parlotones. And both of them performed their single.

The Top 2 performance was recorded live on Friday 30 September 2011 at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg and aired on Sunday 2 October 2011.
The results show was aired live on Tuesday 4 October 2011.

Guest Judge:

Contestant First Song (Original Artist)- Favourite song Second Song (Original Artist) - Parlotones Song Third Song (Original Artist) - Single Result Vote %
Dave Van Vuuren "Sex On Fire" (Kings Of Leon) - Top 10 "Should We Fight Back" (The Parlotones) "Hall Of Mirrors" (Dave Van Vuuren) Winner 50.49%
Mark Haze "Dream On" (Aerosmith) - Top 5 "Burning Love" (The Parlotones) "Out Of My Head" (Mark Haze) Runner-Up 49.51%

Elimination Chart[edit]

Legend
Did Not Perform Female Male Top 16 Top 10 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Judges' Save
Stage: Semi Finals
Week: 7/17 7/24 8/7 8/14 8/21 8/28 9/4 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2
Place Contestant Result
1 Dave van Vuuren Viewers Btm 3 Btm 2 Winner
2 Mark Haze Viewers Btm 3 Runner Up
3 Crushanda Forbes Viewers Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
4 Freddie Van'Dango Judges Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
5 Lefa Pike Viewers Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim
6 Kelly Fortuin Viewers Saved Elim
7-8 Dene Vorster Judges Btm 2 Elim
Erin Fourie Judges Btm 2
9 Phaksy Mngomezulu Viewers Elim
10 Nolly Meje Viewers Elim
11-15 Chloe Geldenhuys Elim
Kahludi Malele
Kerry Sanssoucie
Miss J
Power Simelane
16 Josslynn Hlenti Elim

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mzansi Youth Choir will join the Top 8". www.dstv.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "James Blunt on Idols". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Guest Judge: Chante Moore". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Guest Judge: LeAnne". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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