The show must must go on

Chang­ing tunes and an empty judg­ing chair are com­ing to sea­son 13 of Idols SA.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - REALITY - Idols Sea­son 13 Sun­days (from 9 July) Mzansi Magic (*161) 17:30 Re­al­ity

Singer-search com­pe­ti­tion Idols SA (2002- cur­rent) is road­trip­ping its way across the coun­try to find its next pop su­per­star. But get­ting on stage to per­form for judges Unathi Msen­gana, Ran­dall Abra­hams and Somizi Mh­longo isn’t easy even if you sound like a nightin­gale. “You think this is sim­ple – come in and just sing,” says Somizi. “It isn’t! There is a pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing panel that the hope­fuls have to sing for be­fore they get to per­form for us. That’s some­thing view­ers don’t get to see.” What we will see a lot of is re­turn­ing host and some­times-men­tor ProVerb, who’ll be stand­ing by to help and con­sole the con­tes­tants for the new sea­son. But Pro and the Idols judges aren’t the only fa­mous faces…

GUEST-ING GAME

Lo­cal celebri­ties like singers Don­ald, Kelly Khu­malo and Idols sea­son 8

win­ner Khaya Mthethwa will pop-in as guest judges and share their ex­per­tise dur­ing the au­di­tion stages. One reg­u­lar Idols face who won’t be seen is Gareth Cliff, who left af­ter his con­tro­ver­sial fir­ing and re-hir­ing at the start of sea­son 12. “We all miss him. Gareth used to sit be­side me and we’d joke around and sing along with the con­tes­tants. But as they say, the show must go on,” adds Somizi.

Idols SA is adding new stops to its tour, in­clud­ing Port El­iz­a­beth, Bloem­fontein and Polok­wane. “It was shock­ing to see the tal­ent in these re­gions. Their singing blew us away and I can’t wait for the view­ers to see it,” re­veals Somizi, who’ll be on the judg­ing panel for the third sea­son run­ning. “I have fi­nally found my voice and I’m com­fort­able with be­ing part of the show. I’ll be say­ing what I feel,” laughs the flam­boy­ant judge. “I’ll be bring­ing my over­the-top en­ergy to go with the hair­styles and out­ra­geous out­fits!”

Judges Somizi, Ran­dall and Unathi with Idols SA host ProVerb.

Ex-judge Gareth Cliff is gone.

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