Idols South Africa Season 3 voting results

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Idols South Africa 3 was a competition held from August to November in 2005. The voting results were released on 1 December 2005.

M-Net has followed up on its promise to release voting details for Idols 2005, which saw 11 contestants fall by the wayside and eventually revealed Karin Kortjé as the winner. Over 10 million votes were cast this season, making Idols III the most successful in 2005. M-Net has also released the audited voting numbers after previous seasons of the competition, in exactly the same fashion. The results which appear below are based on votes received from the public via SMS, IVR and on the Idols website, together with the judges’ rankings. The judges ranked the contestants directly after the show on a Sunday, long before 18:35 on Mondays, when the public voting lines closed.

Carl Fischer, Head of Local Productions at M-Net believes that this information will put a variety of rumours regarding the voting - generated by a minority of viewers - to rest. "We can confirm that winner Karin topped the public voting throughout the Top 12 phase of the competition, justifying her position as winner of Idols III," he says. The statistics for the competition from the Group phase, through to the Final, appear below. Each contestant’s number of votes is represented by a percentage of the total, with the total number of votes received for each voting period reflected in the total for each week.[1]

Votes were accepted via a 08622777+ phone number, voting of the contestant name via SMS to 33676 & finally an online voting option via the official website. During the semi finals, the top 2 vote getters advanced to the finals.

It is not sure if the release factored the 49% leverage of the judges' votes or are viewer votes only.

Voting results[edit]

Group 1 (30 August 2005)[edit]

Total votes: 306,827

Group 2 (6 September 2005)[edit]

Total votes: 342,853

Group 3 (12 September 2005)[edit]

  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—27.99%
  • Gift Gwe—23.23%
  • Romie Noval—13.70%
  • Callan Maloney—13.21%
  • Mthawelanga Nkonzo—12.35%
  • Bjorn Hartnick—9.52%

Total votes: 211,629

Group 4 (19 September 2005)[edit]

Total votes: 199,838

Ayanda Mpama, Jamie-Lee Blokdyk, Bonolo Molosiwa & Veronique De Lange were explicitly by the judges to advance to the finals of the competition, this was minutes after the Group 4 results. As a conflict of name Veronique Lalouette had chosen V as her stage name & Veronique De Lange chose Nicky, this applied primarily to SMS votes.

Top 12 (26 September 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—14.76%
  • Martelize Van Niekerk—14.41%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—12.17%
  • Nicky De Lange—10.31%
  • Kesha Charlton-Perkins—8.66%
  • Deidré Visser—8.21%
  • V Lalouette—7.38%
  • Gift Gwe—5.63%
  • Pume Zondi—5.57%
  • Ayanda Mpama—4.92%
  • Bonolo Molosiwa—4.11%
  • Jamie-Lee Blokdyk—3.87% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 398,008

Top 11 (3 October 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—16.11%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—15.35%
  • Martelize Van Niekerk—12.15%
  • Gift Gwe—11.56%
  • Nicky De Lange—9.06%
  • V Lalouette—8.75%
  • Kesha Charlton-Perkins—7.17%
  • Deidré Visser—6.86%
  • Pume Zondi—6.77%
  • Ayanda Mpama—4.70%
  • Bonolo Molosiwa—1.52% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 456,535

Top 10 (11 October 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—16.40%
  • Gift Gwe—14.10%
  • Deidré Visser—12.35%
  • Nicky De Lange—10.69%
  • Ayanda Mpama—10.54%
  • Martelize Van Niekerk—10.20%
  • V Lalouette—9.39%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—7.94%
  • Kesha Charlton-Perkins—6.35%
  • Pume Zondi—2.04% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 659,809

Top 9 (17 October 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—17.28%
  • V Lalouette—14.51%
  • Gift Gwe—12.16%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—11.16%
  • Nicky De Lange—10.57%
  • Ayanda Mpama—9.56%
  • Deidré Visser—9.29%
  • Martelize Van Niekerk—8.80%
  • Kesha Charlton-Perkins—6.67% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 598,919

Top 8 (24 October 2005)[edit]

  • There was no elimination this week.

Total votes: 723,906

Top 8 (31 October 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—22.22%
  • V Lalouette—17.06%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—12.92%
  • Gift Gwe—12.08%
  • Nicky De Lange—11.85%
  • Ayanda Mpama—9.92%
  • Deidré Visser—7.03% (Eliminated)
  • Martelize Van Niekerk—6.92 (Eliminated)

Total votes: 758,659

Top 6 (7 November 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—28.57%
  • Nicky De Lange—21.48%
  • Gift Gwe—17.79%
  • V Lalouette—16.13%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—9.52%
  • Ayanda Mpama—6.51% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 818,046

Top 5 (14 November 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—30.88%
  • Nicky De Lange—25.03%
  • V Lalouette—18.37%
  • Gift Gwe—16.60%
  • Nhlanhla Mwelse—9.12% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 1,074,568

Top 4 (21 November 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—32.64%
  • Gift Gwe—29.80%
  • Nicky De Lange—23.87% (Eliminated)
  • V Lalouette—13.68% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 1,788,291

Grand Final (27 November 2005)[edit]

  • Karin Kortje—62.58% (Winner)
  • Gift Gwe—37.42% (Eliminated)

Total votes: 1,894,395

Total season votes: 10,232,283

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PC Music ZA

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