For the first time in seven seasons, Idols SA crowned a queen as Pietermaritzburg’s Noma Khumalo was named this year’s winner.
In a tight race against fellow KZN rival, Thami Shobede, the substitute teacher was announced the ultimate Idol after a record vote that saw over 83 million votes cast throughout Season 12.
Carnival City’s Big Top Arena reverberated with screams of excitement, loud applause and name chants as the live audience – and TV viewers – were treated to one sensational act after another. There were pyrotechnics, a laser light show and some of the best live music in Mzansi on Sunday.

Season 1 (2002): Heinz Winckler

Heinz Carl Heinrich Winckler (born 22 March 1978) was the winner of the first series of South African Idols and is also an actor.

Born the eldest of three children in Stellenbosch, South Africa, he went on to study law at Stellenbosch University. After winning the Idols competition in June 2002, he discontinued his studies to devote time to a music career.Season 2 (2003): Anke Pietrangeli

Season 2 (2003): Anke Pietrangeli

Season 3 (2005): Karin Kortje

Anke Pietrangeli (born; 16 November 1982) is a South African singer. She was the winner of the second season of popular talent search series Idols in South Africa in 2003. Like her predecessor, Heinz Winckler, Anke also had a nickname: The Kimberley Diamond. Pietrangeli was convinced to enter by her brother, Sven, who was always certain that his sister would be a star.

Karin Kortje (born 12 August 1980) is the winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa.With her in the final was Gift Gwe.

After announcing the winner on 27 November 2005, M-Net released the voting results for the top 12. During each week's count Karin received the most votes and was thus the most popular contestant during the entire Idols III. Karin received 65% of the final votes.

Season 4 (2007): Jody Williams

Jody Williams (born 17 May 1990), better known as Jody, is a South African Pop/R&B singer. She won the fourth season of the South African reality television singing competition Idols on 9 December 2007 at age 17, making her the youngest winner of the competition so far.

Her debut platinum-selling album, Just Gonna Be Me, reached #1 on the South African Albums Chart, and spawned three consecutive number one singles on the South African Airplay Chart: "Love Is All Around", "Kiss of Life" and "Wind It". Another hit was "Love Like This Before". Elements of Pop, R&B, dance and soul can be found in her music. Jody has cited singers Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion as her main musical inspirations and influences.

Season 5 (2009): Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids

Sasha-Lee Davids

Sasha-Lee Davids born in Atlantis, Western Cape, South Africa is a singer and the 2009 co-winner of South African Idols season 5 alongside Jason Hartman. She is also the winner of the 2008 reality TV show "Matrix" season 2.

Jason Hartman

Jason Hartman is a singer-songwriter and the 2009 co-winner of season 5 of the Idols (South Africa). After a malfunction occurred with the text lines in the finals, it was decided that even though Jason was the official winner of Idols, the title would be shared between him and the runner up Sasha Lee Davids

Season 6 (2010): Elvis Blue

Elvis Blue (born Jan Hoogendyk; 28 December 1979) is a platinum selling South African musician and songwriter.

Season 7 (2011): Dave van Vuuren

Dave van Vuuren (born 1980, Westville, Durban, South Africa) is the South African winner of the seventh season in of South African Idols after a close public vote in the finale held on 4 October 2011, with Van Vuuren getting 50.49% of the votes, against 49.51% for the other finalist and eventual runner-up Mark Haze. He was the first series winner who came back after landing in the bottom 3 in earlier performance.

Season 8 (2012): Khaya Mthethwa

Khaya Mthethwa (born 25 November 1987), Umlazi, also known as The PK (The Pastors Kid) is a South African singer-songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and the multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for winning the Idols South Africa (season 8) and thus becoming the first South African black person to have done so. He is also known as a choir member of the well-established gospel group in South Africa and the whole of the African continent Joyous

Season 9 (2013): Musa Sukwene

Musa Sukwene is a South African singer who won the ninth season of Idols South Africa in 2013. On 3 December it was revealed that Sukwene had been signed to be represented by About Entertainment.

Season 10 (2014): Vincent Bones

Vincent Bones is a South African singer who won the tenth season of Idols South Africa in 2014. After the voting stats were revealed Bones won almost every vote except in the top 4 where Bongi Silinda overtook him and won the most votes.

Season 11 (2015): Karabo Mogane

Karabo Mogane South African singer best known as the finalist of the 2015 SA Idols season 11. Karabo Mogane was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. He studied Geo-Informatics at the University of Stellenbosch. ... comprising of eight siblings from Nelspruit.

Season 12 (2016): Noma Khumalo