Idols South Africa

Idols South Africa is a singing television competition created by Simon Fuller, it is the South African version of Pop Idol.

The show started airing on 10 March 2002 on M-Net but was later changed to Mzansi Magic.

The premise of the show is to determine the best young South African singer without a signed contract.

The winner is determined by a live vote across South Africa.

Presenters

The show was co-hosted by Candy Litchfield and Matthew Stewardson for the first half of season 1.

Midway through season 1, Matthew Stewardson was fired and replaced by Sami Sabiti who co-hosted the remainder of season 1 with Litchfield.

Colin Moss and Letoya Makhene co-hosted season 2.

Colin Moss hosted season 3 and season 4 alone.

Liezel van der Westhuizen hosted season 5 alone and co-hosted season 6 with ProVerb.

ProVerb has hosted every season since season 7.

Below is a table summarizing all the Idols South Africa presenters since season 1 in 2002.

Presenter NameSeasonsYears
Candy Litchfield12002
Matthew Stewardson12002
Sami Sabiti12002
Letoya Makhene22003
Colin Moss2, 3, 42003 – 2007
Liezel van der Westhuizen5, 62009 – 2010
ProVerb6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 182010 – Present

Judges

The judges for the show include Marcus Brewster and Penny Lebyane for season one.

Dave Thompson for the first five seasons, Randall Abrahams for the first seventeen seasons and Marah Louw from season two to six.

Gareth Cliff from season two to twelve and Unathi Nkayi from season seven to seventeen.

Somizi Mhlongo from season eleven onwards.

Thembi Seete and JR from season eighteen onwards.

Below is a summary of all the Idols South Africa judges since season 1 in 2002.

Judge NameSeasonsYears
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 –

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Idols SA Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Idols South Africa?

FremantleMedia a company based in Britain is the format holders of Idols South Africa. Gavin Wratten and his fellow producers of Idols SA normally deal with the British producers because that is where FremantleMedia is based.


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