Idols SA Season 17 took place in 2021 during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic just like the previous season. The start date of season 17 was revealed on Monday 28 June 2021 by Mzansi Magic, the announcement was made on the official Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages of Idols SA.
Judge Somizi Mhlongo was present in all the first seven episodes of the season but then he and Mzansi Magic agreed that he takes a break away from the show so that he gets more time to solve his marital problems with his estranged husband, Mohale Motaung. Shortly before the live shows started with episode 8, it was decided that Somizi’s place at the judges panel be replaced by guest judges who were selected from South Africa’s pool of celebrities in the entertainment industry.
Season 17’s production is one of the best that we have ever seen on Idols SA, the set was always on point, the camera angles and movements were also tick.
Theme: “Reuniting Mzansi”
Grand Finale Venue: ?
Original Network: Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)
Original Release: Sunday 11 July at 17:30 – November 2021
The Idols SA season 17 auditions were officially announced on Monday, January 25, 2021, and they kicked off on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 9 a.m.
Unlike the previous seasons, the season 17 auditions were entirely carried out online due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The season 17 hopefuls had to follow a few steps in order to successfully audition, those steps can be found here.
The auditions were to officially end either on Sunday, February 14, 2021, or after the number of audition entries had reached 15,000.
By Friday, February 5, 2021, the number of people that had auditioned was 10,000. Three days later on Monday, February 8, 2021, that number increased to 12,000 auditions.
On Thursday, February 11, 2021, the number of auditions reached 14,000 and by the end of the next day on Friday, February 12, 2021, the Idols SA season 17 auditions were officially closed after reaching 15,000, the maximum number of audition entries.
From the 15,000 people who sent in audition video clips, hundreds of them successfully auditioned and were contacted by the Idols SA team. Four audition episodes were then recorded and aired on TV with the first one being broadcast on Sunday 11 July 2021.
|Episode||Date||Guest Judge||Golden Tickets|
|1||Sunday 11 July 2021||Prince Kaybee||20|
|2||Sunday 18 July 2021||Ntokozo Mbambo||31|
|3||Sunday 25 July 2021||Ringo Madlingozi||24|
|4||Sunday 1 August 2021||Zwai Bala||33|
A total of 108 golden tickets were given out during the four auditions episodes.
Filming the Theatre Week kicked off towards the end of March 2021.
A total of 39 contestants managed to reach the Group Performance stage of Theatre Week. These contestants were then divided into thirteen groups with each consisting of just three contestants.
Season 17’s group performances were aired in episode 5 which had been recorded and was broadcast on Sunday 8 August 2021.
Solo performances of the first 15 contestants were aired in episode 6 on Sunday 15 August 2021.
|Bulelani||“247” by Mnqobi Yazo||Advanced|
|Kevin Maduna||“Stuck On You” by Giveon||Advanced|
|DudluKaDlamini||“Risky” by Elaine||Eliminated|
|Lionel||“Vuma Dlozi” by Big Zulu||Eliminated|
|Faith||“Levitating” by Dua Lipa||Eliminated|
|CeeJay||“Pretend” by Langa Mavuso||Eliminated|
|Karabo Mathe||“Lala Ngoxolo” by Ami Faku||Advanced|
|Misty||“Ready For You” by Black Coffee||Advanced|
|Mic Nash||“Never Gonna Forget” by Black Coffee||Eliminated|
|Noluswazi||“Love On Top” by Beyoncé||Eliminated|
|Monique Erens||“Hypnotise” by Rowlene||Advanced|
|Berry||“Neverland” by Zendaya||Advanced|
|Sia Mzizi||“Redbone” by Childish Gambino||Advanced|
|Siya Motloung||“Sthandwa” by Blaq Diamond||Advanced|
|S’22kile||“Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé||Advanced|
Main Article: Idols SA Season 17 Top 30 Contestants
Solo performances of the other 15 contestants were aired in episode 7 on Sunday 22 August 2021.
|Ithana||“Good Job” by Alicia Keys||Advanced|
|Tesmin-Robyn||“Ncese” by LaSauce||Advanced|
|Sinovuyo||“Mercy” by Shawn Mendes||Advanced|
|Baby||“Forever” by Sithelo||Eliminated|
|Gugu||“Higher and Higher” by Brenda Fassie||Eliminated|
|Andiswa||“Motivation” by Normani||Advanced|
|Linathi||“Do It” by Chloe x Halle||Eliminated|
|Phindile Morgets||“Hamba” by Q Twins||Eliminated|
|Sizzy||“Anybody” by Burna Boy||Eliminated|
|Nqobie||“Ilanga” by Sun El Musician, Ami Faku & Simmy||Advanced|
|Athule Konki||“Molo” by Aubrey Qwana||Eliminated|
|Aveesono||“One Dance” by Drake||Eliminated|
|Daylin Sass||“Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd||Advanced|
|Kwanda||“Own It” by Stormzy||Eliminated|
|Zukisa M||“Perfect Strangers” by Jonas Blue||Advanced|
Main Article: Watch The Idols SA Season 17 Solo Performances
Top 16 Contestants
The Top 16 contestants were revealed in two episodes, first eight contestants were revealed in episode 6 on Sunday 15 August 2021, while the other eight were revealed a week later in episode 7 on Sunday 22 August 2021.
NOTE: Click on a contestant’s name to view his or her full profile
|Contestant||Age on Entry||Hometown||Place finished|
|Berenike Trytsman “Berry”||30||Cape Town|
|Mpumelelo Twala “Bulelani”||18||Heidelberg, Ratanda|
|Daylin Delryn Sass||22||Hanover Park, Cape Town|
|Anathi Conjwa “Ithana”||22||Cala, Eastern Cape|
|Kevin Maduna||28||Soweto (Boksburg)|
|Patience Tiisetso Makhene “Misty”||30||Vosloorus|
|Monique Erens||24||Cape Town|
|Nqobisile Linda “Nqobie”||28||Soweto|
|S’thuthukile Babalwa Langa “S’22kile”||20||Pietermaritzburg|
|Siyabonga Mzizi “Sia”||20||Tsakane|
|Sinovuyo Nomava Mbhele||20||Vosloorus|
|Zukisa Joshua Mashiqa “Zukisa M”||16||Pietermaritzburg, KZN|
Main Article: Idols SA Season 17 Top 16 Contestants
As the season entered the live show phase, the Top 16 contestants were split into two groups of eight, A and B.
Top 16 Group A
Group A contestants performed live in episode 8 on Sunday 29 August 2021.
Theme: “The Biggest Hits Of Today”
Guest Judge: Lady Du
Group Song: Group A Contestants performed “It Ain’t Me” by DJ Abux X Soulking Ft. Innocent Boetie
|Andiswa||“Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus||Eliminated|
|Bulelani||“Attention” by Charlie Puth||Advanced|
|Sinovuyo||“Pick Up Your Feelings” by Jazmine Sullivan||Eliminated|
|Nqobie||“Hard Place” by H.E.R.||Advanced|
|Sia Mzizi||“Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon||Advanced|
|Tesmin-Robyn||“Before I Let Go” by Beyoncé||Eliminated|
|Daylin Sass||“Leave The Door Open” by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic||Advanced|
|Berry||“You Say” by Lauren Daigle||Advanced|
Top 16 Group B
Group B contestants performed in episode 9 on Sunday 5 September 2021.
Theme: “The Biggest Hits Of Today”
Guest Judge: Buhle Mda
Group Song: Group B Contestants performed “My Power” by Beyoncé
|Siya||“In Your Eyes” by The Weeknd||Eliminated|
|Zukisa M||“Distance” by Yebba||Eliminated|
|Misty||“Dying For Your Love” by Snoh Aalegra||Eliminated|
|Karabo Mathe||“Stand Up For Something” by Andra Day Ft. Common||Advanced|
|S’22kile||“Meant To Be” by Bebe Rexha||Advanced|
|Monique Erens||“I’ll Never Love Again” by Lady Gaga||Advanced|
|Ithana||“Forgive Me” by Chloe x Halle||Advanced|
|Kevin Maduna||“Peaches” by Justin Bieber||Advanced|
Top 10 Reveal Show
Season 17’s Top 10 contestants were revealed in episode 10 on Sunday 12 September 2021.
Performances Of The Evening:
- Boohle and Busta 929 performed “Amawaza”
- Top 16 Group A performed “Siyathanda” by Cassper Nyovest Ft. Boohle and Abidoza
- Big Zulu and Lwah Ndlunkulu performed “Umuzi eSandton”
- Top 16 Group B performed “SummerYoMuthi” by Blaq Diamond
- Pabi Cooper, Busta929 and Reece Madlisa performed “Isphithiphithi”
- Mthandazo Gatya performed “Uzobizwa”
- Makhadzi and Prince Benza performed “Ghanama”
Main Article: Idols SA Season 17 Top 10 Contestants
Top 10 Performance Show
The Top 10 contestants performed live in episode 11 on Sunday 19 September 2021.
Theme: “Battle Of The DJs”
|Nqobie||“Akanamali” by Sun-El Musician – Ft. Samthing Soweto|
|Sia Mzizi||“Emlanjeni” by De Mthuda & Sir Trill Ft. Da Muziqal Chef|
|Berry||“Choose To Be Happy” by DJ Cleo Ft. Mmatema|
|Daylin sass||“Friend Zone” by Prince Kaybee Ft. Ziyon|
|Karabo Mathe||“Gcina Yami” by DJ Cleo Ft. Bucy Radebe|
|S’22kile||“Wamuhle” by De Mthuda Ft. Njelic & Boohle|
|Monique Erens||“Charlotte” by Prince Kaybee Ft. Lady Zamar|
|Kevin Maduna||“Piki Piki” by DJ Sumbody Ft. Cassper Nyovest & Kaylow|
|Bulelani||“Iyamemeza” by DJ Sumbody Ft. Drip Gogo & The Lowkeys|
|Ithana||“Ubomi Abumanga” by Sun-El Musician Ft. Msaki||Withdrew|
NOTE: Ithana did not perform on Sunday 19 September 2021 because she withdrew from the competition.
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