Entertainment 29.8.2016 11:44 am

Meet the top 16 Idols SA contestants

Idols SA Top 16. Picture: Supplied.

Idols SA Top 16. Picture: Supplied.

These are the top 16 contestants who will be singing for Mzansi’s votes.

It was not an easy journey whittling down the numbers to a mere 16 from nearly 80 Golden Ticket holders who descended on to the Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It was a trying week of mixed emotions – from agonising over song choice and choosing complementary singing partners, to practising at all hours of the day and night, receiving professional advice from voice coaches, and finally standing in front of the judges on stage in the full glare of television lights.

The live recording was a rousing success that saw judges make the tough decision of who would get to be in the Top 16 – and ultimately be crowned the Idols SA Season 12 winner.

These are the top 16 singers who will battle it out for your votes:

Nontobeko ‘Luke’ Ntombela, 27, hails from Escort in KZN and lives with her pastor and his family. She is a waitress at Primi Piatti, and regardless of whether she wins or not, she hopes a producer will spot her talent and be able to help her become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Nontobeko 'Luke' Ntombela. Picture: Supplied

Nontobeko ‘Luke’ Ntombela. Picture: Supplied

Tebogo Louw, 24, from Stellenbosch, lives with his mother and sister. He is a full-time musician and hopes he will land a recording deal from his experience on Idols.

Tebogo

Tebogo Louw. Picture: Supplied

Simphiwe Shobede, 28, from Mtubatuba in KZN, lives on his own and is a full-time musician, actor and presenter.  He will continue with his entertainment industry career regardless of the outcome of his Idols journey.

Simphiwe Shobede. Picture: Supplied

Simphiwe Shobede. Picture: Supplied

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Sgherdeed Ross, 28, has miraculously been able to fit in her passion for music in her schedule. And now that the Reiger Park, Boksburg, singer has made it on Idols, she plans to make the most of that. “Whether or not I get far in the competition, I will pursue my music career because of the platform created for me.”

Valentine Mathe. Picture: Supplied

Valentine Mathe. Picture: Supplied

Keegan Martin, 23, from Gauteng, left his job as a senior consultant at an insurance company to give Idols a try, and look where he is now. He lives with his parents and younger sister and plans to be involved in charity work while pursuing his music career.

Bevin Samuels. Picture: Supplied.

Bevin Samuels. Picture: Supplied.

Siyakhanya Tshayela, 23, is the first of four siblings. This full-time musician from Vosloorus, on the East Rand, hopes to open a musical organisation for upcoming musicians where she can give vocal lessons, and do the same for her church and former music school.

Lucia Jakeni, 26, is currently unemployed and plans to go back to school after Idols to study music and social services. Born in Everton North, Vereeniging, she lives with her dad, younger brother and two sons.

Amanda Kunene. Picture: Supplied.

Amanda Kunene. Picture: Supplied.

Amanda Kunene, 22, from Durban North, lives with her mother, twin sister and younger sister. She is currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Music at the University of KwaZulu- Natal. She hopes Idols will help her land a recording deal and be more involved in the entertainment industry.

Sanele Simphiwe Mkhize, 21, from Ntumaza in KZN, is studying Ecological Tourism at Durban University of Technology. He lives with his mother, cousins and aunts. This year, he has taken some time out of his studies to pursue his passion in music and compete in Idols. If he doesn’t reach the final, he plans on going back to school and studying Law and eventually starting his own business.

Siyakhanya Tshayela. Picture: Supplied

Siyakhanya Tshayela. Picture: Supplied

The bubbly Valentine Mathe, 20, hails from Mamelodi, outside Pretoria, and lives with her mother and older brother. She is a full-time musician who wants to study Journalism at a college after Idols.

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Student teacher Nomalungelo Noxolo Khumalo may love children, but music is in her blood. The 22 year-old from Pietermaritzburg, KZN, lives with her parents and younger brother and hopes to land a recording deal. Meanwhile, she looks forward to completing her Bachelor of Education at Unisa.

Nosihe Zama Zulu, 28, quit her data capturing job to pursue music. Now studying music at the University of Durban at the Howard Campus, she lives alone in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and hopes Idols SA will catapult her future music career. “I plan to continue making and writing music and eventually release an album – and just be amazing,” she says.

 

Nosihe Zama Zulu. Picture: Supplied

Nosihe Zama Zulu. Picture: Supplied

Thamsanqa Vuyo Thabile Mathonisi. Picture: Supplied.

Thamsanqa Vuyo Thabile Mathonisi. Picture: Supplied.

Thamsanqa Vuyo Thabile Mathonisi, 20, made a spur-of-the-moment decision to enter Idols, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions Thamsanqa has made yet. Even after the second year Music and Drama student at University of KwaZulu Natal forgot his original audition song, he still managed to bag three yeses and sang another.

Lusanda Beja, 25, comes from a home full of women. He lives in Gugulethu, Cape Town, with his mother, grandmother, aunt and two sisters. He has just completed his National Diploma in Marketing Management at MSC Business College. After Idols, Lusanda would like to pursue music full time. “I would like to host more music seminars, more gospel events and go into the business aspect of music because of the opportunity that Idols has presented to me.”

Bevin Samuels, 19, is from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. The youngest of all the contestant, he has taken a gap year to pursue his music career. He is also the baby of his family and lives with his parents and two older brothers and a sister. “I plan to be a full time musician, and with the platform that Idols has given me, I will hopefully be able to take it far and get my name out there”.

Tersius “Terra” Kocks. Picture: Supplied.

Tersius “Terra” Kocks. Picture: Supplied.

Tersius “Terra” Kocks, 28, hails from Eden Park, Alberton, in Gauteng, and is a part-time singer and songwriter. He lives with his older sister, aunt and her two sons. He hopes that Idols will give his career a boost so that he can become a major player in the music industry.  He is currently a singer at Katzy’s Grillhouse in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Idols SA season 12 live shows will now broadcast Sundays at 5pm on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

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