But now these three Cape Flats songbirds are all grown up, and say stardom came at a price for them.
The ladies are ready to give their fans an open and honest glimpse behind the glitz and glam, with a show called Intimate Nights
For one night only, Candice Thornton, Leonie le Roux and Lyndle Kearns will share their personal stories they way they know best.
Since reaching the top six in Idols season 1 in 2002, Lyndle’s family has grown and her single Good Time Girl was a big hit on radio in 2007.
The 32-year-old mom says her four kids are her pride: “I have a 16-year-old boy and three girls aged five, six and seven.”
She never stopped singing and over the years, she has worked with artists like DJ Fresh, Emo Adams, Bianca le Grange, and Danny K among others.
Leonie shot to stardom when she won the Westgate Mall Voice Search in 1995 at 14 years old.
Since then, the mom of four got married and has performed nationally and internationally.
Leonie, 36, says she’s battled with low self-esteem in the music industry.
“Nobody really knows this, but I am a very shy person, but when I’m on stage, all that disappears,” she says.
“There are times I let big opportunities pass me by because I told myself I’m not worth it.
“I look forward to telling my life story at Intimate Nights, come out to hear more”.
Meanwhile Candice, 27, from Muizenberg, hit the limelight when she won the Open Mic Jazz competition in 2012.
“I have been so busy since then, I launched myself as a solo artist and have taken part in many music concerts and festivals,” she says.
“People see me as the Jill Scott of Cape Town and I don’t mind, she is my all-time favourite.
“Intimate Nights is all about songs that have significant meaning to us personally.”
Intimate Nights takes place at the Pizza Shack in Ottery on 18 October.
Tickets are only pre-sold and cost R150, including a buffet.
For tickets, contact Devon on 071 873 6235.