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Reuniting Mzansi: Idols SA returns!

08 July 2021
Renowned musos Zwai Bala and Ringo Madlingozi among the guest judges as Idols SA returns for Season 17.
Unathi is back for Idols SA season 17!

Kwaito artist, producer and musical director Zwai Bala and renowned singer, producer and Member of Parliament Ringo Madlingozi are among the guest judges as the popular talent search show Idols SA returns for its 17th season this Sunday (11 July). 

The much anticipated return of the show, which attracted a record 15,000 online entrants, will heat up viewers’ living room this winter as Idols SA hopefuls belt it out to impress the guest judges as well as the show’s resident judges: reality TV star, musician and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo; musician, radio and TV personalities Unathi Nkayi; and Randall Abrahams, Rapper, radio and TV personality and the show’s co-executive producer Proverb also returns as the show’s host. 

Idols SA will start with the airing of online auditions on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) this Sunday at 17:30.

“We are excited that South Africa’s most-loved talent search show, Idols SAreturns this Sunday to entertain our viewers and most importantly, to give a platform for South Africa’s unearthed talent to reach for their dreams,” says Nomsa Philiso, the Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

The season’s theme is “Reuniting Mzansi”, and all auditions were held online to adhere to COVID19 safety regulation.

Idols SA returns after crowd favourite, the then 19-year-old Emalahleni-born singer Zama Khumalo won last year’s edition of the competition dubbed “Sweet Sixteen”, which gave viewers tension-filled entertainment during its final stages.

Catch Idols SA Season 17 on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17:30, which is available on the following packages DStv Premium, DStv Compact and DStv Compact. Live stream on the DStv App, and on DStv Catch up through the DStv App or DStv Explora.

Season 17 of Idols SA broadcasts on Sundays at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic Channel 161, and at 17:00 from the live shows. Get exclusive updates and a behind the scenes look at all the action right here on our site. Don't forget to join the conversation by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #IdolsSA.