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Who will be this season's Top 16?

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20 August 2015
The Idols SA Theatre performances are all done. The contestants have left it all on stage. They can do no more.  Now all that remains for the 29 singers who performed solo in the audition of their lives last week is the “Walk of Doom” down the blue neon corridor to hear the judges’ final verdict.
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The Idols SA Theatre performances are all done. The contestants have left it all on stage. They can do no more.  Now all that remains for the 29 singers who performed solo in the audition of their lives last week is the “Walk of Doom” down the blue neon corridor to hear the judges’ final verdict.

So, this week Sunday, we will find out who the Top 16 are. These sixteen singers will be the ones vying for South Africa's vote on the big State Theatre stage in Pretoria.  

In the meantime, the pertinent questions are:

  • Will it indeed be a sweet sixteen for the show's two youngest contestants Nina Terblanche from Nelspruit and Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage, who both entered Idols SA at the age of 16? Or will the judges tell them to finish school first and rather pursue a life in the limelight when they're a little bit older?
  • Will Tebogo Louw and Lihle Buthelezi who were both eliminated at this stage of the competition last year, receive the good news this time around?
  • If Lihle doesn't make it, will there still be a medical doctor on the Idols stage in the form of Mandla Bacela from Butterworth?
  • Will we in future hear more original songs from singer-songwriters John Niel and Bridgitt Leahy? 
  • Will small-town girl Dineo Moseki be moving to the big city to follow their dreams? And will the shy Karabo Mogane with the big voice have to leave Nelspruit?
  • Will it be a rags-to-riches story for car washer Mlondi Mkhize, orphan Sizwe Mthalane and bagpipe player Thami Shobede and Rhema Varrie, who is supporting his family financially ? 
  • And will Idols SA have its very first drag artist extraordinare in the Top 16? 

Don't forget to watch Idols SA this week to see whether your favourite made the cut. Idols SASeason 11 is screened on, channel 101 on DStv, and Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv, this Sunday, 23 August, at 17:00. You can also tune into the Idols SA Extra channel, channel 199 on DStv, until the first Group Show starts on Sunday, 23 August. 

For the latest information on Idols SA visit the official website at www.idolssa.tv, follow @IdolsSA on Twitter, ID IdolsSA on WeChat, or like the official Idols Facebook page at 'Idols South Africa’.

List of remaining contestants who might make it into the Top 16 with the songs from their solo performances:

Eastern Cape (4)

Amanda Antony (21) from Port Elizabeth 

Daniel Minnie (19) from Port Elizabeth 

Mandla Bacela (29) from Butterworth 

Loyiso Gijana (16) from Uitenhage 

Western Cape (8)

Amy Lombard (29) from Cape Town Boom  

Elwira Standili (22) from Cape Town           

Chrystal Worship (26) from Cape Town      

Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Cape Town       

Matthew Kent (22) from Cape Town            

Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Cape Town        

Tebogo Louw (23) from Stellenbosch           

Nadia Herbst (20) from Paarl                       

KwaZulu- Natal (6)

Nonhle Mhlongo (29) from Durban                 

Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban               

Mlondi Mkhize (25) from Ilovu                       

Bridgitt Leahy (18) from Creighton                 

Sizwe Mthalane (20) from Cato Ridge             

Lihle Buthelezi (27) from Ladysmith               "

Gauteng  (7)

Busisiwe Mthembu (22) from Springs          

John Niel (24) from Pretoria                       

Mmatema Moremi (22) from Pretoria      

Phila Madlingozi (25) from Johannesburg     

Shenay O’ Brien (24) from Johannesburg     

Thami Shobede (26) from Johannesburg      

Rhema Vairrie (20) from Alberton                

North West (1)

Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg                  

Mpumalanga (3)

Nina Terblanche (17) from Nelspruit             

Karabo Mogane (23) from Nelspruit

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