Ahead of the upcoming 18th season of Idols South Africa, Mzansi Magic has confirmed that a major shake-up is coming to its judging panel. The channel has confirmed that it would not be renewing Randall Abrahams And Unathi Nkayi’s contract and plans on introducing new faces to the panel this year. Fan-favourite Somizi will remain as a judge on the show.
“We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot,” says Shirley Adonisi, channel director: local entertainment channels at M-Net.
Abrahams has been a judge on Idols for 17 seasons, while Nkayi has been with the show for 10 incredible seasons.
Says Adonisi: “Mzansi Magic would like to thank both Randall and Unathi for their contribution to discovering new talent and launching the careers of so many. We salute these great icons of South African entertainment and thank them both for a 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.”
Mzansi Magic will make an announcement on the new judging panel for season 18 of Idols SA in due course.