5 Idols SA Contestants Who Went Ahead To Make It Big In the Industry
The Idols SA Tv show is one of the biggest platforms that South African musicians can use to launch their careers.
However, it is quite common for the winners and contestants to fade away even after the show has ended. Success they say, is not available to everyone.
This goes to show that building a solid career in the music industry is not a piece of cake even after gaining limelight on the show. It is only some of the contestants that manage to build their music careers after being part of Idols SA.
In this article, we will look at five Idols SA contestants who have managed to build and sustain a solid career after the show.
Amanda Black participated in the 11th season of Idols SA in 2015. Although she did not get to win the competition, she is considered among the most successful stars in the competition.
After the show, Amanda released her debut album, “Amazulu,” which shot her to stardom. Her album “Amazulu” won her three SAMAs and more awards and nominations.
In 2019, Amanda Black moved from Ambitiouz Entertainment to Sony Music Label, releasing a single “Thandwa Ndim.” Under Sony, she set up her label called AfroRockstar as a joint venture. She then released another album “Power” in 2019.
Heinz Winckler won the first edition of Idols SA in 2002 as a 24-year-old student.
During the period, he was a law student at Stellenbosch University. After winning the show, he dropped out of school to focus on his music career.
His first album, “Once In A Lifetime,” went double platinum in South Africa after selling 100, 000 copies.
Heinz has dropped two more albums after his debut album, which has earned him nominations in SAMAs.
In 2003, Winckler finished fourth in the inaugural World Idol competition, just behind Peter Evrard (Belgium), Kelly Clarkson (US), and Kurt Nilsen (Norway).
Heinz was also in the music game show “Noot vir Noot” as a guest artist and appeared as a coach on the Afrikaans music reality show “Supersterre.”
Heinz is now into gospel music, and he is working on a new album.
Khaya Mthethwa was the winner of the 8th season of the Idols SA. Khaya is a self-taught musician that can play guitar, percussion, keyboard, and drums.
He was the fan-favorite during the season, and it comes as no surprise that he won.
After the show, Khaya participated in The Clash of the Choirs, with part of the Kwa-Zulu Natal choir, and they emerged winners.
Khaya’s debut album is “For You,” and he wrote most of the songs in the album.
Over the years, Khaya has transitioned from pop star to become a pastor and gospel musician with lots of fans across the country.
Shekhinah Thandi Donnell was one of the Top 32 of SA Idols season 7 in 2011. She came back to the contest in season 8 and was among the top 6.
Although she did not win the competition, she has created a niche in the South African entertainment scene.
In October 2017, she released her debut album, “Rose gold,” which did well on the charts.
Her debut album was certified platinum by RiSA in August 2018. Shekhinah recently released her second album, “Trouble In Paradise,” in May 2021.
Mmatema Moremi contested at the Idols SA season 11. From the beginning, she was a fan favorite but later ended up as the show’s runner-up.
However, that did not deter her from pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. She is exploring all the mediums available, from singing to acting.
After she parted ways with Universal Music, Mmatema launched her gospel career through her company, Mmatema Moremi Media Productions (Pty) Ltd.
Mmatema is currently hosting the Gospel Unplugged, a popular contemporary gospel music show on SABC1.
Other Idols SA contestants who are currently making all the right moves in the industry include, Sneziey Msomi, Luyolo and the Qwabe Twins who were all part of Idols SA in 2019.