Gareth Cliff no longer part of #IdolsSA


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!

Idols X – 18 contestants from GP get a golden ticket

Idols SA X episode 1 - JHB auditions (29)

The new season of South African Idols kicked off on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday. This is the tenth season of the hit show, that has seen the likes of Heinz Winkler, Zoe Zana, Khaya Mthethwa, Lloyd Cele and Elvis Blue all become household names in Mzansi. The show continues to hit the high notes with audiences and so it’s no surprises Gareth Cliff, Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and host Proverb are all back to find the next best unsigned singer in the land.

I missed the first episode last night but I’m told there were keepers and then there were the shockers. Did you watch? If so, who caught your attention? While I wait to hear from you, here are the 18 names who grabbed the attention of the judges in Johannesburg:


Andries Nkhomola (27) from Thembisa, who is a choir director in his local church

Brandon Brits (23), a neurophysiologist from Springs

Busi Ngwenya (23) from Vosloorus, who works as a service consultant in a bank.

Felix Menoe (21) from Potchefstroom

Dineo Moseki (20), who is on a gap year after school and came all the way from Tlhakgameng near Mafikeng in North West Province

Dineo Ramailane (30), a full-time musician from Kimberley

Mfakadolo “Alfred” Tsatsi (27) from Sasolburg

Freddie Wessels (26), a worship leader from Krugersdorp

John Letlojane (29), a professional musician from Carltonville

Lebo Mzimba (19) from Randburg, a newlywed firefighter who is studying mechanical engineering

Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs

Monique Erens, a 17-year-old Matric student from Johannesburg

Nofunda Mabaso (22) a B.Comm Finance Honours student from Crown Gardens

Professor Bhengu (25), who travelled all the way from Durban for the audition

Ricky Booysen (24) from Cresta, who works in a CD store at the moment

Roy Gluckman (26) from Illovo, who gave up Law to pursue music

Sgherdeed Ross (28) from Reiger Park, Boksburg

Sipho Hlatshwayo (26) from Soweto, who is a Debt review consultant.


Who knows, one these hopefuls could be the new South African Idol…