Without Randal, there’s no Idols SA. They might as well can the whole thing.

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Without Randal, there’s no Idols SA. They might as well can the whole thing.

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Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams will not be part of the judging panel for Idols SA’s upcoming season, avid viewers of the reality singing competition have taken to social media to express their frustrations.


The show recently got renewed for its 18th season, and auditions are underway. There are going to be some major changes this year, as some of the fans’ favourite judges won’t be appearing.

This follows after Randall and Unathi were given the boot. This is because the show is set to take a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot

Fans are disappointed that the two judges will not return this upcoming season, and they say Idols SA wouldn’t exist without them.

In her farewell letter to Multichoice, Unathi penned a heartfelt message thanking them for opening the doors to young talent. “You have been kind, loving and deeply invested. Truly the real energy and heartbeat of a wonderful wave of hope and dreams coming true on Idols and as you do that, you have made my dreams come true too,” stated Unathi.

She thanked the contestants for allowing her to judge their singing skills for all these years, “To every contestant who stood in front of us. From the ones brave enough to share with us their hopes. I don’t take lightly the act of doing that for the world to see. An honour I will always hold. Thank you for trusting me as one of your judges. To those who unleashed a new level of my tears, heavily pregnant with Baby Idols garnering for Wooden Mic, thank you for the laughter and joy.”
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Shirley Adonisi, M-Net’s director of local entertainment channels thanked Randall and Unathi for their incredible work ethic and being professional.

“The channel will not be renewing their contracts with for the upcoming season of the popular singing show. We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot. she said.


Both were thanked for their professional level and immense contribution to the South African entertainment scene. “We salute these great icons of South African entertainment and thank them both for great innings on Idols. Randall and Unathi have demonstrated high levels of professionalism and made an impact on the South African entertainment scene that will continue to be felt for some time to come. We wish them well in their endeavours.”

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