Idols SA Judges From Season 1 to 18

Here are all the Idols SA judges from Season 1 to 18, both current and previous.

Summary

JudgesSeasonsYears
Dave Thompson1, 2, 3, 4, and 52002 – 2009
Marcus Brewster12002
Randall Abrahams1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 172002 – 2021
Penny Lebyane12002
Marah Louw2, 3, 4, 5 and 62003 – 2010
Gareth Cliff2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 122003 – 2016
Unathi Nkayi7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 172011 – 2021
Somizi Mhlongo11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 182015 – Present
Thembi Seete182022 –
JR Bogopa182022 –

Current Judges

Somizi Mhlongo

Somizi Mhlongo, Idols SA Judge
Somizi Mhlongo – Idols SA Judge.

He is a current judge on Idols SA alongside fellow judges Thembi Seete and JR. He was added to the judges panel in 2015 at the beginning of season 11, he was revealed at the first Idols auditions in Pretoria on 31 January 2015.

Thembi Seete

JR Bogopa


Previous Judges

Randall Abrahams

Judge Randall Abrahams at the Idols SA Season 7 Top 9 Show
Randall Abrahams at the Idols SA Season 7 Top 9 Show.

Randall is a current judge on Idols SA alongside fellow judges Unathi Nkayi and Somizi Mhlongo. He has been a judge since season 1 way back in 2002.

Unathi Nkayi

Unathi Nkayi, Idols SA judge
Unathi Nkayi – Idols SA judge.

Unathi Nkayi is a current judge on Idols SA alongside fellow judges Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo. She has been on the judging panel since season 7 in 2011 when she replaced Marah Louw.

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson, Idols SA judge
Dave Thompson was an Idols SA judge for 5 seasons.

Dave Thompson was a judge on Idols SA for five seasons which are: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. He was actually there in the inaugural season back in 2002 with fellow judges Randall Abrahams, Marcus Brewster and Penny Lebyane.

Penny Lebyane

Penny Lebyane, Idols SA season 1 judge
Penny Lebyane was a judge on Idols SA for just season 1.

Penny was a judge on Idols SA season 1 in 2002. Making up the female component of the Idols SA judging panel, she worked alongside fellow judges Dave Thompson, Marcus Brewster and Randall Abrahams.

Marcus Brewster

Marcus Brewster, Idols SA season 1 judge
Marcus Brewster was an Idols SA judge for only season one in 2002.

He was a judge on Idols SA for just a single season, that is season 1 in 2002. He worked alongside fellow judges Randall Abrahams, Penny Lebyane and Dave Thompson.

Marah Louw

Marah Louw, Idols SA judge
Marah Louw was an Idols SA judge for five season.

Louw was a judge on Idols SA for five seasons, these are seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (from 2003 – 2010). After she left the show, she was replaced by Unathi Nkayi.

Gareth Cliff

Gareth Cliff, Idols SA Judge
Gareth Cliff was an Idols SA Judge for eleven seasons before resigning in November 2016.

Gareth Cliff is a South African radio and television personality, he was a judge on Idols SA for 11 consecutive seasons, these are seasons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

So now that you’ve seen all the Idols SA judges from Season 1 to 17, kindly tell us who your favourite judges have been over the years, you can do this by making use of the comment box below.

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