The legacy continues

07 July 2017
We take a look at how much time has passed since Heinz Winckler became our nation's first Idol

One of Mzansi’s most beloved reality shows makes its big return this Sunday for the 13th Season and 15th year on air! To put things in perspective, 15 years ago, the iPhone and Macbook were probably not even ideas and wouldn't exist for another 4 years. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even My Space didn't exist either and the first iPod had only been out for a few months and looked like this.

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The biggest hits of the year were Ashanti's "Foolish", Nelly's "Hot in Here" as well as "Dilemna" which saw him team up with Kelly Rowland. Speaking of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé was still working on her first solo album and was not officially dating Jay Z yet. Two super-stars who were dating however were Britney and Justin Timberlake. This is probably as good a time as any to point that when the Top 7 slayed this performance last year, "Say My Name" was already 16 years old.

Bringing it back home, Season 1 also saw Heinz Winckler beat out firm favourites like Brandon, Ayanda, Bianca and Melanie in the grand finale. He became the first winner in South Africa and only the second "Pop Idol" in the world! Our Season 12 winner, Noma on the other hand, was still in Grade 1. Feeling old yet? Okay, we'll relent.

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For die hard fans of Idols it's been a long wait but with a slew of guest judges making appearances, auditions in parts of SA we've never been to before and thousands of new faces, the wait is over and the stage is set for another explosive season!

We know millions will be glued to their screens come 17:30 this Sunday because of the years of quality entertainment the show has provided.That said, the most amazing thing about Idols remains the thrill of seeing someone's dreams materialise and (perhaps even more so) playing an active role in making that happen. Idols is a massive machine that catapults even those who don't make it all the way into stardom, and let's be honest, we all love a success story and that's what keeps us coming back! Are you ready to witness greatness in the making?

Idols SA Season 13 premieres this Sunday, the 9th July at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161.

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