Idols SA S19 judges JR, THembi and Somizi

Idols SA S19 judges JR, THembi and Somizi. Image Supplied

Here’s who didn’t make the ‘Idols SA’ top 9

The ‘Idols SA’ contestants put on electrifying wedding theme song performances, but first, one person had to leave….

Idols SA S19 judges JR, THembi and Somizi

Idols SA S19 judges JR, THembi and Somizi. Image Supplied

Last week, viewers got to meet their last Idols SA top 10, consisting five girls and five guys.


On Saturday, 9 September, one contestant was unfortunately eliminated.

Following viewer votes, making it to the Idols SA season 19 top 9, in no particular order, were: Niikiey, Lungelo, Faith, Nkosi, Thando, Princess, Thabo, Envic, and Sena. Sadly, it was time for Lungile to say goodbye to Idols SA.

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‘Idols SA’ top 10 season 19 Top 10 (from left to right) Lungelo, Thabo, Lungile, Thando, Sena, Envic, Nkosi, Princess, Niikiey and Faith. Image supplied


The theme saw the top 9 perform songs from the ultimate South African wedding playlist, bringing i-step to the florally decked-out Mosaïek Teatro stage. 

Niikiey kicked off the show with Malaika’s Mmatswale, to praise from the judges.

Somizi Mhlongo had career words of advice: “Do you want to make a lot of money in music? Then this is your genre, mntwan’am. It was your concert.”

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Next to take the stage was Lungelo, who took on Etta James’ At Last. The judges loved her performance, with Thembi Seete complimenting his “smooth and clean” voice.

Faith performed Caiphus Semenya’s Matswale. Leading the judges’ compliments was JR Bogopa, who said: “That was a great performance, but there’s no need to over-sing the song. Otherwise, you stayed on it. Good job.”

Nkosi took on Ekhwen Lami by Phila Dlozi, with Somizi saying: “What I liked about this rendition is that it could be your single. It was soulful, beautiful, easy, and mellow. I enjoyed just watching you.”

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Next was Thando, who sang Bob Marley’s Is This Love. He was followed by Princess who took on Lira’s Phakade, impressing the judges.

“It’s like you’re the pizza guy – you never fail to deliver. You know your sweet spot and you play well in it. Great performance,” said JR. 

For his performance, Thabo sang Christina Perry’s A Thousand Years, to a standing ovation from the crowd. Somizi said: “I wanted you to even go higher. What you did was enough, but I know there’s still more to you. It’s the performance of the night.” 

After a technical error saw Envic unable to hear his first take on Jamie Foxx’s When I First Saw You, he was granted a do-over, which mostly impressed the judges. “All I’m going to say is welcome back, Envic. This is the Envic we know,” said Thembi. 

To close off on an upbeat note was Sena, who sang Stevie Wonder’s All I Do.

JR said: “It was straight to the point. It did what it had to do, but you’re up against great singers, so you need to up the game every week.”