Success is not final, failure is not fatal: Idols SA Winners Whose Careers Took an Unexpected Turn
Currently, Idols SA is considered the biggest stage where aspiring artists showcase their musical talent for the whole nation.
Many aspiring artists have used this stage to skyrocket their careers, while some did not utilize the opportunity.
Although many SA Idols winners have been successful in their music careers, some have struggled while others gave up starting 9-5 jobs.
In this post, we will highlight some of the Idols SA winners that did not end up as expected.
Jody Williams won the fourth season of Idol SA in 2007 at age 17.
After winning the Idols, she experienced a lot of success, and even legendary Celine Dion has to wish her luck for the future.
She was the opening act for Celine Dion shows in SA and appeared on the Idols SA in 2008. She also recorded her debut album while still in high school.
Again, Jody performed in 2009 Idols SA and represented Africa in the Official Theme Song of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
However, things later turned sour for Jody as her win caused a massive rift in her family. People who managed her career during the time ripped her off, coupled with purchasing an expensive house for her parents in Durbanville. This caused her to struggle financially when gigs were not forthcoming.
Jody Williams now works as a receptionist and is happy with life after music.
Noma Khumalo was crowned as the winner of the Idols SA season 12. After winning the competition, Noma did everything possible to stay in the limelight.
Immediately after the competition, Noma dropped her debut album, “Joy.” However, things didn’t go as planned for her as the album did not produce massive results as she expected.
According to rumors, Noma Khumalo suffered from depression because of the disappointment she faced in her music career.
It was also in this period that she parted ways with her former record label Gallo Record Company. Noma then took some time off from the music industry to focus on herself.
Recently Noma announced that she is recording an Afro-soul album that will soon be out.
Karabo Mogane was crowned the winner of Idol SA season 11 in 2015. Unlike many former winners, Karabo disclosed that he endured the harsh realities of the music industry after he became broke and he did not have any public relations team.
Noma also received negative feedback from fans after he released his first music video, “Ngifuna lo.”
However, the singer has since bounced back, and he is focusing on his comeback. He has released his second album, and recently, he is now promoting his latest single, “uMAKOTI.”
Karin Kortje won the Idols SA Season 3 in 2005 at the age of 25 years making her the first black performer ever to win the competition.
After winning, Karin recorded her debut album “Forever and The Day,” and it received positive reviews and even reached Gold Status in South Africa.
She kept herself on the charts with her singles and mini-albums, which helped her to create a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
However, things turned sour for her in 2006 after her then-boyfriend stabbed the owner of a guesthouse to death.
This saga affected Karin’s career as many sponsors dropped her, her endorsement deals were cut off, and she struggled to recover from this.
After that, she staged a comeback, and has produced more albums, won a nomination, and even performed in Australia.