Heinz Winckler is the first winner of the South African Idols competition in 2002. Since then he has released 3 chart topping studio albums and a Live DVD, performed Chasing Shadows on the sound track of Disney's Treasure Planet, came fourth in World Idols (Dec 2003) beating the UK's Will Young, and has been nominated for 2 South African Music Awards. He was chosen for Cosmopolitan’s Sexy Man Calendar for 2003 and won People Magazine’s Crystal Awards for “Best Male Personality”, “Hottest Hunk”, and “Hottest Artist”. His track “Only For You” was the 20th most played song on SA radio in 2005.
Today Heinz is a house hold name in South Africa where he has done countless shows, including touring with Westlife, opening for Christina Aguilera and Diana Ross. He’s also guest starred on several local soapies like Egoli, 7de Laan and Villa Rosa and has been a guest on almost every local talk show.