Idols SA Season 15 Kicked Off In Pretoria

Mzansi’s popular singing reality show kicked off last night in the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria.

If the mixed feelings we got from the opening show of Idols Season 15 is anything to run home with, the mood setter left many of us excited about the kind of talent we are going to see this year.

Queues of determined Idols wannabes left no space to even walk by or park around the State Theatre. The home of the new music genre Amapiano had people singing in baritones, high notes, low notes and no-notes. Others were keeping it formal and serious like they had mistaken the Idols auditions for the business conducted at the Union Buildings. Others showed up, but their voices were for anything but singing.

Randall for a change was bubbly, even though he didn’t leave his brutal honesty at home. He dished it up as much as it was needed. Unathi was her warm and giggly self and she was kind where kindness was a necessity. Somizi’s authenticity was fully present. And the guest judge, Dr Rebecca Malope, enjoyed herself and gave a handful of NOs when she was not impressed.

A 16-year-old girl from Benoni, shame Benoni (next to Boksburg), was the first contestant to hit the auditions stage and the first to grab the golden ticket to Theatre Week. For a season themed ‘go for gold‘, it meant that it was a promising start for the 15th instalment.

But it didn’t take long until viewers were introduced to a downward spiral of disappointment. 26-year-old Esther opened the floodgates of not so good singing and her singing was contagious. It was pouring not so good voices on the Idols stage in Tshwane.

Then Pretoria’s hopes were supposed to be revived by Yada-Lee, but that did not work out as expected for the 21-year-old who has recorded 44 songs. If anything, it left many viewers wondering what kind of songs were given studio time to be recorded.

As the Pretoria curtains closed, we were left with 24 golden ticket winners who will battle it out at Theatre Week. It was a golden moment for some hopefuls, and it will be the coming weeks that will show that the start is golden or not.

It is on and the contestants are going for gold!

Idols SA season 15 is on Mzansi Magic, (DStv 161) on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

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Emotions Run High As Ntokozo Bows Out Of Idols In Shock Exit

Youth Talent reigns as Idols collaborates with Joburg Youth Orchestra for an unforgettable night of music.

The Idols Season 14 train is barreling full steam ahead, and contestants are in full fight mode as they battle for their place on board.

The numbers dwindled further tonight as Mzansi bade a sad farewell to Ntokozo, officially bringing the Top Eight into play. Those are the competitors who will dazzle the country and the studio audience with the eagerly-awaited Showstopper spectacle next Sunday.

Before tonight’s elimination, however, all nine enjoyed the stage together for their opening number. Performing Symphony by Clean Bandit, accompanied by solo instrumentalist Davina Mae Gordon and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, they set the tone for the evening’s harmonious live show.

Niyaaz took to the stage first after being announced safe, singing Hozier’s Take Me to Church. While Randall felt it was “soupy”, Unathi thought it was one of the best performances the young Capetonian has had so far.

Xae followed up with Solange’s Cranes in the Sky, an act the judges couldn’t fault. “That was a consummate performance,” declared Unathi. The other judges, however, cautioned her against being too “arty” with song choice and hoped for something more up-tempo next week.

Next to make the Top Eight was crowd favourite, King B. The judges were all impressed that he chose a more restrained song in Zahara’s Loliwe. “We know you can belt it out; tonight you proved you can tone it down. People want different things and you are giving it to them,” pronounced Randall.

The previous weeks’ performances might not have yielded positive results for Nosipho, but after Hurt by Christina Aguilera, the judges were singing her praises. “That’s the Nosipho I’ve been missing; she’s back!” asserted Unathi. Randall praised her focus and Somizi advised her to “own your star quality”.

Next on the spotlight was Lincoln, putting on an orchestral version of Sia’s Electric Heart. Unathi called him a “wonder to watch”, Somizi wanted his entire outfit, and Randall admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the “really good” performance.

Teen sensation Yanga brought the house down with her performance of Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart by Alicia Keys. Not only did Somizi wipe the floor for her with his jacket, he also laid it down for her to stand on. There really was little more to say after that except …. Whooo Shem!

With three people left in the holding room, Thato was happy to hear his name called and gave a heartfelt performance of Treat You Better by Shawn Mendez. Randall said he could see him in the Top Four. Somizi praised his “perfection” and Unathi said she “loves how you seamlessly move from pop to soul and back again”.

Bringing up the rear of the Top Eight was Thando, who was left emotional by the stress of the result. Her fervent performance of Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me was a testament, and Unathi told her to “take it all in” because Mzansi was showing her how much they do indeed love her.

With the stress, anxiety and emotion of elimination, Idols SA proved it was still a music show of the highest calibre. Mzansi was even treated to an exceptional performance of Kwesta’s Spirit accompanied by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. Definitely one for the Idols history books!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:
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Mzansi Picks The King Over crooner As Mthokozisi Bows out Of Idols Season 14

When things came down to the wire tonight, it was between traditional crooner Mthokozisi and the unique flavour of King B. Mzansi made their voices heard and chose to bid farewell to the KZN singer who had serenaded them with some of SA’s best Afropop ballads.

Mthokozisi and King B

Before the announcement, the entire Top 10 got to enjoy the stage together for the last time with a fabulous rendition of Mafikizolo’s Ndihamba Nawe.

You could cut the tension with a knife in the backstage waiting room where the contestants were nervously awaiting their fate. This year, the format was slightly altered with the Top Nine slowly being called to the stage to perform their Throwback Sunday song. The last one left standing meant they had received the least number of votes out of the over 7 million votes cast for the Top Nine.

It might have seemed like a slow and agonising wait for the contestants, but host Proverb made a fairly quick job of announcing the safe singers, in no particular order.

First to breathe easy was Lincoln, who started off the solo performances with what Unathi called a “very sexy” rendition of Ginuwine’s racy 1996 hit, Pony. Randall, however, felt he needed to be “a little more serious and a little less cabaret”.

Xae also received a solid number of votes, which saw her perform a slowed-down version of Janet Jackson’s That’s The Way Love Goes. Unathi thought it was a “great” interpretation of the 1993 chart-topper. Somizi exclaimed: “You are R&B! I can’t fault you!”

Next to be safe was Niyaaz, who serenaded the live audience and viewers at home with Forever, the 1997 smooth jam from British boy band Damage. Randall called it the “perfect” song for him, and Somizi concurred.

Yanga still gets to be the baby of the group, as she made it to the Top Nine. Her song choice, Before You Walk Out My Life from Monica’s 1995 debut, had the judges unanimously agreeing it was perfect for her. While Randall felt she was “great” and the “full package”, Somizi advised her to be “younger and more colourful” going forward since her vocal ability cannot be faulted.

A nervous Thato leapt out of his chair in excitement when Proverb called out his name. He managed to restrain his voice for a slow acoustic start to Shai’s 1992 If I Ever Fall In Love. The judges gave him a thumbs up, with Randall saying he reminded him of a younger Usher while Unathi called him “the full package”.

Thando chose Bills Bills Bills by Destiny’s Child, the 1999 club banger that saw Somizi give her a 10/10 and a “whoo shem!” Randall let the compliments roll, saying her performance, attitude, voice and everything were simply “fantastic”. Unathi said she loved that Thando was coming out of her shell. “You are not only becoming an incredible singer, but an incredible performer too.”

A princess-like Nosipho took to the stage to sing Mariah Carey’s Open Arms, which serenaded the world back in 1996. The judges were not convinced. Randall called it pitchy throughout, Unathi advised her to remember why she was in the competition, and Somizi told her to trust herself.

Ntokozo was the second last to make it on to the stage. Her performance of Toni Braxton’s He Wasn’t Man Enough from 1996 received the least enthusiasm from the judges. They pointed out a pattern that might see the youngster not make further into the competition. “I’m very worried about you,” said Unathi.

King B brought up the rear after it came down to him and Mthokozisi. He closed off the show with a performance of Michael Jackson’s ground-breaking 1992 hit, Remember The Time, that received a standing ovation from the crowd and Somizi. The judge even went up on stage to gift him a crown – which was quite fitting for a King.

It’s now up to the voting public to keep their favourites in the competition as they vote for the Top 8 next week!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:

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Idols SA: Top 10 Performs Judges’ Playlist

The all-new glamorous Top 10 were unveiled tonight, bringing some pop star allure to the Idols stage. The contestants were styled by a glam squad that saw them outfitted in some of the best threads and accessories Truworths has to offer, with perfect hair and make-up to match.

This evening’s theme was the Judges’ Playlist, an on-going friendly match to see which judge will have the most songs picked by the contestants. The honour went to Unathi, whose tally of five songs picked dethroned last year’s winner Somizi.

The show got off to an up-tempo start when a red-clad Nosipho performed Lady Zamar’s pop hit, Collide. Randall said it reminded him of Kylie Minogue, but she needed to “turn it up” more. Somizi, on the other hand, predicted it to be a forgettable performance.

Next up was Mthokozisi, who looked spiffy in a tuxedo jacket, taking on Maxwell’s Ascension, a decision applauded by Unathi who said: “To attempt a falsetto with such a deep voice is commendable.” An unimpressed Somizi put it bluntly: “There was no dynamic, no colour. It was bland. It wasn’t nice.”

Lincoln came on stage in a flamboyant floral outfit that he said was inspired by Somizi. His rendition of Ringo’s Sondela was “respectful”, according to Unathi. Randall felt he brought soul to the song, and Somizi said he killed it.

The judges agreed that the diminutive Xae brought some fire with her vocals on Shekhinah’s Please Mr, but needed to go “big” and show off more personality on stage instead of sorely relying on her voice.

The contestant who likes to “smile with my eyes” took on Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Niyaaz received some mixed reviews, with the judges pointing out the song had started off well, but he had over-sang it by the end. “You don’t need to over-emote; the song’s lyrics are enough,” advised Randall.

Self-confessed tomboy, Ntokozo, took on the uplifting gospel anthem Fill Me Up by Tasha Cobbs. Unathi called her attempt “fearless” while Randall felt the song itself was going to save her for this week.

Thato brought it back home with I Got You by Encore. “You are the first performer so far this evening to have presence. You know that this is a competition,” was Randall’s compliment. “You are the full package,” concurred Somizi. “You have charisma, charm and confidence. Your tone went hand in hand with that song.”

The petit Thando took on the big guns with Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Unathi and Somizi gave their critique, but all everyone heard was Randall. “Blah blah blah! Finally, we have a competition!”

Blouse-loving King B had all eyes on him as he sang Love On The Brain by Rihanna, with just a piano for accompaniment. “You are a true example of honesty and self-acceptance. You are not just a voice, you are honesty and we love that honesty,” said Somizi. “You are also a great singer. You do melodrama well.” Unathi summed it up: “You killed it! This is one of my favourite performances so far.”

Teen wonder Yanga closed off the show with a superb rendition of Amazulu by Amanda Black, that left Unathi emotional. “I had specifically chosen that song for you and hoped you’d pick it. You have done it justice; avulekil’amazulu.”

With the judges having made their song choices and their voices heard, it’s now up to the voting public to keep their favourite on the show.

Let’s get voting!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:

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Idols SA: Mzansi Chooses The Top 10


There was drama, intrigue, twists and turns, and a whooping nine million votes for Idols Season 14’s first live voting show!

Tonight, saw Proverb having the unenviable task of announcing this season’s Top 10, whittled down from 16 eager and hopeful contestants.

Fortunately, he had some help from some of Mzansi’s popular entertainers who provided a bit of reprieve from the tension with a packed entertainment line-up that included Tipcee feat. Joejo, Thami, Heavy K feat. Ntombi, Lady Zamar, and DJ Maphorisa, DJ Raybel, TDK Macassette, Zulu Mkhathini and Moonchild. It was LIT!

Not to be left out of the action, the judges also threw their own spanner in the works when they announced they would not be using their wild card picks this year. Instead, they gave the voting power to South Africa, and the two contestants with the most votes from the “Maybe” list were put through.

Basimane Boys Melato aka King B (19) was the first to hear the magic words “You’re in the Top 10!” from host Proverb. The HR student from Kagiso has been a firm favourite since his dazzling Theatre Week performance that saw him get a standing ovation, which he followed up with another crowd-pleasing performance during the Top 16 Boys show. He reciprocated the love with his now trademark vosho…as Kings do!

The teenagers are certainly not here to play.

Yanga Sobetwa (17) is flying the Generation Z flag high and proud. Following the footsteps of last season’s teen victor, Paxton, Season 14’s youngest contestant has stepped out of the Cape Town township of Langa straight into the national spotlight. Could she be next star from Langa, like the timeless Brenda Fassie?

Nosipho Silinda (18) recently celebrated her birthday in the Idols house, and South Africa gifted the Grade 11 pupil from Ladysmith in KZN with a spot in the Top 10.

Ntokozo Makhathini (18) must be drinking the same Witbank water as her neighbour, Idols season nine winner Musa. Whatever it is, she’s keeping her small town on the map with her inclusion in the Top 10. It looks like her passion for conservation tourism will have to wait a little longer.

Zamagambu Memela aka Xae (19) made Idols history by becoming the first contestant to get a Golden Ticket autographed – by all the judges. While that was a sweet but meaningless gesture, making it into the Top 10 is a big deal for the youngster from Pinetown, Durban.

Thando Mngomezulu (19) finally overcame her crippling lack of confidence to give a dynamite performance that saw the country showing their appreciation with votes. South Africa spoke, the judges listened, and Thando from Jozi made it to the Top 10.

Mthokozisi Nqcobo (20) may have had only two pairs of shoes when he first auditioned, but his spot in the Top 10 proves walking in them to the audition was worth it. The Umlazi, Durban, native is finally on stage doing what he says heals his heart – singing.

Thato Makape (23) is the epitome of courage and determination, as his inclusion in the Top 10 proves. A barber from Postmasburg in the Northern, Makape travelled nearly 10 000km for an audition in Cape Town. Tonight, South Africa showed him that the journey was worth it.

Lincoln Lewis (22) from Ravensmead on the Cape Flats has been bringing fire every time he steps on stage. After being told he had given judges “the best audition of the season so far”, he went on to impress during Theatre Week and received a unanimous thumbs-up for his Top 16 performance. Now South Africa wants to see more.

Niyaaz Arendse (22) snatched the last spot in the Top 10. After many years of rejection on the show, it was no wonder the youngster from Ottery, Cape Town, was so overcome with emotion. It was on this emotional high that the curtain came down on tonight’s show.

The eliminated contestants are Dalene Swartz, Lethabo Ramatsui aka Wattahmelon, Bongiwe Pearl Mdaka, Victor Matalane, Sandile Skosana and Mnqobi Dlamini.

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:

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Idols SA : Did The Girls Of The Top 16 Rule

Tonight’s Top 16 live performance invoked Woman Power as the girls took to the Idols stage to fight for their place. The eight young powerhouses kicked off the show with a homage to queen Bey with Run the World and Formation, giving a spirited performance that drew excited applause and enthusiastic feedback from the judges.

Tonight’s theme was Bestselling Female Artists of the 21st Century, and to help the stage newbies were award-winning Shekhinah harmonising her hit Different featuring Mariechan.

First to take make a solo appearance was diminutive Christmas baby, Thando, singing American Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson’s Giving Myself. While Randall felt she didn’t get to belt it out because it was too big a song, Unathi called the performance “exceptional” and Somizi said she had “killed” it.

Aspirant music writer, Bongiwe, followed with the impassioned Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé. The rendition had Unathi declaring: “You’re in it to win it! The competition has just begun!”

Attridgeville’s blonde ambition, Wattahmelon, may have struggled with the first verse of Fantasia’s Lose to Win according to Somizi and Unathi, but she hit all the right notes with Randall, who declared she was “fantastic from start to finish!”

Recent birthday girl, Nosipho, saw Unathi and Somizi give her performance of Sia’s Alive an enthusiastic thumbs up, while Randall was also impressed with her delivery of an 80s big sound ode.

The judges may have been giving mixed reviews, but all three agreed that the girls were still running ahead of the boys halfway through the show.

Xae, who is a self-confessed car karaoke lover, hit the trifactor of adulation when she left Randall speechless, Somizi shouting “genius” and Unathi calling it “brilliant!” for her rendition of SZA’s Broken Clocks.

Season 14’s youngest contestant, Yanga, slowed it down with Adele’s monster hit, Don’t You Remember. Again, it was two to one as Randall felt it dragged while Somizi and Unathi loved it, with Somizi awarding it a “whoo shem”.

Ntokozo brought it home and kept it local with Ndiza by Zahara. She undoubtedly received the best ovation of the evening. “Best performance of the night!” said Somizi. “I’d much rather listen to you off-key than six other contestants on key,” Randall announced. “Your imperfections were perfect,” was Unathi’s declaration.

Closing off the show was Delene with Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s Okay. It didn’t turn out to the big bang closing that was expected, with Randall and Somizi feeling it failed to launch while Unathi believed she would be memorable.

The judges have handed out a mixed bag of sweets and lemons, but it’s ultimately up to the voting public to push through their favourite to the Top 10. Let’s see what the results bring next week.

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:

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Mzansi Finally Gets The Top 16 Singers Who Will Battle It Out For Your Votes | Idols

It’s finally here! After four provincial tours, three satellite stops, and almost 10 000 hopefuls, we reveal your Idols SA Season 14’s Top 16!

Thato Makape (23) – He must surely hold the record for the for the longest traveller to an Idols audition! Thato journeyed for a staggering 1250km from his hometown of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape to Cape Town. The young barber’s resolve was not in vain – he received his Golden Ticket from three of the judges and is now determined to go all the way for his mother, who is a cancer survivor.

Yanga Sobetwa (16) – Talk about a girl with a plan! Season 14’s youngest contestant stepped into the Cape Town audition room with the single-minded purpose of leaving with a Golden Ticket. Not only did she succeed in scooping a yes from all four judges, she had already arranged for long-distance studies with her school. Now that’s what we call levels!

Lincoln Lewis (22) – When a judge tells you that you’ve given them the best audition of the season so far, you know you are on to a good thing. The young man from Ravensmead on the Cape Flats has fought to get to this point and is not about to back out now.

Mthokozisi Nqcobo (20) – The UCT student from Umlazi in Durban loves music so much that he suffered from depression when he opted to study accounting over music for financial reasons. But the same music is his “healer” and helping him find his feet again. Receiving a unanimous yes from the judges has rightfully validated his passion.

Niyaaz Arendse (22) – The Ottery, Cape Town, homeboy is determined to connect with Randall, who has not been taken with him, especially as this is his fourth try on the show. He won’t give up on his dream because he is convinced that music is his life.

Nosipho Silinda (17) – This teenager from Ladysmith in KZN is all about the creative industry; she wants to build a school for the arts in future. For now, she must get through juggling Idols and her Grade 11 studies…oh, and work on her emotions like Somizi suggested.

Sandile Skosana (26) – Representing Tsakane in Ekurhuleni, Sandile knows the meaning of hard work. He’s already attempted a Masters, is a research scientist and is doing his post graduate certificate in Education. He is also the music director at his church and believes this is the right time for him on Idols.

Ntokozo Makhathini (18) – There must be something in the air in Witbank! Ntokozo comes from the same neighbourhood as previous winner Musa, and bowled over the judges during auditions, resulting in four yeses. She’s passionate about nature and tourism, but for now is taking a gap year to concentrate on Idols.

Mnqobi Dlamini (21) – He came all the way from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to audition in Pretoria. A returnee who got his Golden Ticket during the “mass returnee audition”, his life is about gigs and trying to provide for his family.

Delene Swartz (21) – Unathi called her one of her favourites and couldn’t get enough of her voice. As a vocalist for a working band, it was no surprise when Somizi complimented her on being well prepared and “blessing” them with her voice. She comes from Ennerdale in Jozi.

Basimane Boys Melato aka King B (20) – Big in voice and big in personality, King B’s vosho is sure to become his trademark. The HR student from Kagiso says he is inspired by Miss Universe and is here to soar.

Thando Mngomezulu (19) – She epitomises the saying “dynamite comes in small packages”. However, her crippling lack of confidence has been a talking point among the judges from audition all the way to Top 16. The Media Studies student says she’s always wanted to be in the music business.

Lethabo Ramatsui aka Wattahmelon (18) – Hailing from Attridgeville in Pretoria, the sassy theatre student says she’s obsessed with fruits and loves watermelon especially. She attends the YIT Academy at the State Theatre, where she trains in drama, music and dance.

Zamagambu Memela aka Xae (18) – The Pinetown, Durban, teen is the first in the history of Idols to get a Golden Ticket autographed – by all the judges. And no, it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s still nice. She says winning Idols would make her dreams come true.

Victor Matalane (25) – Originally from River Cross, Limpopo, he auditioned in Johannesburg and was saved by Unathi during Theatre Week. He is a praise and worship singer.

Bongiwe Pearl Mdaka (23) – A boutique sales lady from Melelani in Mpumalanga, Bongiwe once had twelve fingers before she had the extras surgically removed. She prides herself on playing guitar well.

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website:

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Final Round Before The Big Chop For Idols Hopefuls

Day 4 of Theatre Week started off with an exciting scavenger hunt for the remaining 31 Idols contestants left at Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward.

The group dug around the beach to uncover a treasure chest containing CDs with their names and the songs the judges had chosen for their Solo Performance round; the last before their fate would be sealed.

The loot excited some, but left others in dread.

But it wasn’t just the song choice that brought butterflied to their stomachs. For the first time in their short singing careers, the contestants were about to take on a big stage under the watchful gaze of the judges and a theatre packed with an audience. It was showtime!

The only thing standing between them and a spot in the Top 16 was an intense 48 hours with vocal coaches.

Challenges arose soon with some of the aspirant singers buckling under the pressure. There were people who missed rehearsals by hours; others couldn’t grasp the songs and kept forgetting lyrics. Anxiety got the best of the jittery ones.

The audition finale on stage was a thunderous affair, with the audience giving spirited applause and standing ovations while the judges mulled over their verdicts at the back of the theatre. Singers were not given any feedback, leaving them to await their fate on the final day of Theatre Week.

Who will walk the plank in glee and who will be gloomy? Find out in next week’s results show!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

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Idols SA: Play Time Is Over As Theatre Week Kicks Off

The time has come to separate the pretenders from the real makoyas!

The brilliant – if slightly brutal – beginning to Idols SA Season 14 Theatre Week marked the end of playtime and the beginning of real work for those aiming to make it to the Top 16.

“My fellow judges were extremely generous in rewarding potential during the auditions. Now it’s time for them [contestants] to show why they are here,” said Randall.

Unathi said she was looking forward to an “interesting” week because of the diversity of the group, with Somizi sharing the same sentiment.

While 95 contestants made their way to the picturesque Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward, only the best and most consistent 16 will live to tell the tale at the end of the week. But first, the excited group had to get through the reality of Day 1, with its Chorus Line stage.

Within hours of exiting the Idols Bus at the resort, the aspirant singers found themselves with just a microphone and a vast stage separating them from the glare of the judges as they flexed their vocal muscles during the Chorus Line stage. They were then divided into three groups of different coloured chairs, with none knowing what each colour represents.

After an intense afternoon of singing and waiting, the judges finally delivered their verdict: 47 hopefuls were to pick up their bags at the door and head straight back to the airport. The rest were divided into groups of four, with a captain tasked with picking their Group Stage song.

The thrill of a foursome soon gave way to dismay and anxiety when the judges threw a spanner in the works – the group of four had to break up into two duos and do a sing-off. Queue meltdown.

“The aim is to see if they can cope under pressure. Pressure is the name of the game,” said Unathi.

In the end, after a highly emotional night and day of rehearsals and performances, only 31 made it to see Day 3.

Now for the Solo round and finally, the unveiling of the Top 16.

Who will it be?

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

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Idols SA Ep 4 Recap: Jozi Brings Audition Week To A Close With Gospel Giant

Idols SA Season 14 auditions ended in Joburg with a day of “firsts” that will surely make it to the South African music industry’s history books.

There was gospel giant and music industry powerhouse, Dr Rebecca Malope, who joined judges Randall, Unathi and Somizi at the table as a guest judge. Then there was Randall not only laughing *gasp* but also joining in the silly musical fun at the judges’ table. And who will ever forget witnessing the first-ever “Slay Queen Prayer” original gospel song! Only on Idols South Africa, where anything is possible!

Dr Reebs, as she’s now fondly called, took her job on the judging panel very seriously indeed. “I’m so excited to be part of this show. I once entered a singing competition, so I know exactly what these contestants are going through. I’m looking for someone with talent. I need to see something different; that voice that will wake me up in the middle of the night to say ‘that’s the one’! That’s who I’m looking for,” said the beloved multi award-winning star.

What Dr Reebs – and probably the whole South Africa – did not expect to hear was a “Slay Queen Prayer” original composition, where a contestant took SA gospel to another level with her please to God to bless her with a Mercedes Benz, a night on the town and (probably) a new Brazilian weave. It was a sight to behold and a song to never forget.

Jaws were on the floor for a different reason when a contestant who had worked with the gospel star before came into the audition room. “I know you! You’re my child! You will not disappoint me!” she shouted excitedly. Indeed, the contestant blew everyone away with her vocal abilities and received a gold-certified four nods from the judges.

Someone else who impressed was someone whose band opened for Season 13 winner Paxton when she performed in her town, proving that the Idols SA gold dust just keeps sprinkling blessings wherever it goes.

The last Telkom Pop Up Audition took place in Polokwane, leaving a few residents jumping in the air with excitement as they clutched their Golden Tickets.

In the end, 87 Golden Tickets were given away during the nationwide audition tour. Now the voices go to Theatre Week where the pretenders will be separated from the real talent.

It’s game on!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

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