ICYMI, Gareth Cliff is no longer part of reality singing competition, Idols South Africa. The announcement was quietly made late last night. Here’s what was posted on the Idols site:
“M-Net today announced that Gareth Cliff will not be part of the judging panel for Idols SA Season 12, which is due to commence with countrywide auditions at the end of January 2016.
M-Net thanks Cliff for the critical role he has played in seeking out and developing new talent over the years and for contributing to the success of the show to date.
Idols SA Season 12 will be screened on M-Net’s Local Interest channel Mzansi Magic which is available to both DStv Premium and DStv Compact viewers.”
Earlier in the week, Cliff found himself facing the onslaught of thousands of disgruntled people on social media, who felt like one of his tweets was in extremely bad taste. Many then called for him to be axed from the panel. Whether this is related, or if GC decided for himself that it was time to move on, is yet to be established. I’m sure he’ll share his view over the weekend. I’m also pretty sure M-Net will be reviewing all talent contracts. Somizi, like Cliff, was embroiled in some pretty controversial social media postings with radio/ TV personality Mark Pilgrim late last year too. Unathi also found herself in hot water last year too, so besides Randall who is just grumpy most of the time, maybe there will be a complete shift in the panel? Let’s see how it all pans out.
In other news, it has been a heavy first week of the year for this country. Penny Sparrow, Justin van Vuuren and Velaphi Khumalo and their completely and utterly revolting racial posts, the heatwave, the matric results… Hopefully last night’s rain in Gauteng will wash away all the bad energy this week brought with it. Ffs, we’re only nine days into the year!