‘Idols SA’ 2016: Top 10 Contestants Revealed!


The eliminations are getting harder and harder on Idols SA 2016 and we are already down to the top ten on the singing competition’s twelfth season.

Five contestants were sent home during the episode on Sunday (September 18) after the judges were given the chance to save two of the singers in the bottom five.

The top 16 of SA Idols 2016 are…

Bevin Samuels (19)

Bevin is from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The youngest of all the contestants, 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”.

Keegan Martin (23)

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

Lucia Jakeni (26)

Lucia 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. #IdolsLuke

Nomalungelo Noxolo Khumalo (22)

Noma is a student teacher from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal who lives with her parents and younger brother and hopes to land a recording deal. In the meantime, she looks forward to completing her Bachelor of Education at Unisa. #IdolsNoma

Nosihe Zama Zulu (28)

Nosihe 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 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. #IdolsNosihe

Sanele Simphiwe Mkhize (21)

Sanele is from Ntumaza in KwaZulu-Natal and is studying Ecological Tourism at Durban University of Technology. He lives with his mother, cousins and aunts.

This year, he’s taken some time out of his studies to pursue his passion in music and to compete in Idols. If he doesn’t reach the final, he plans on going back to school to study law and eventually start his own business. #IdolsSiyakha

Thami Shobede (28)

Thami is from Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal 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.

Tebogo Louw (24)

Tebogo is from Stellenbosch and lives with his mother and sister. He is a full time musician and hopes that he will land a recording deal from his experience on Idols. #IdolsTebogo

Tersius “Terra” Cox (28)

Terra 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. #IdolsTerraCox

Valentine Mathe (20)

Valentine 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. #IdolsValentine