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Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Somizi Mhlongo Image via Instagram @randall.tv

Best and worst: A look at ‘Idols SA’ Season 17’s stand-out auditions

Haven’t kept up with ‘Idols SA’? No problem! Here are the best singers and some wooden mic contenders from the first three episodes!

Randall Abrahams Primedia Broadcasting

Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Somizi Mhlongo Image via Instagram @randall.tv

Season 17 of Idols SA kicked off on 11 July and it has been a rollercoaster ride so far. Due to Covid-19, the judges could not travel the country in search of South Africa’s next big voice. 


Instead of our favourite three judges, Randall Abhrams, Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung and Unathi Nkayi travelling the country, Idols hopefuls auditioned virtually and those chosen had a second audition where they sang for the judges in Johannesburg at Urban Brew studios.

150 000 South Africans sent in their virtual audition with hopes that they’d be the next South African Idol.


The three judges have sat down with three of SA’s biggest names already to judge incoming talent. Singer-songwriter and member of parliament, Ringo Madlingozi, award-winning producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee and gospel artist Ntokozo Mbambo have been guest judges on the show so far.

Only three episodes have aired so far, here are the best and the worst! 



All the way from Cape Town, Daylin blew the judges away after singing Idols SA season nine winner Musa Sukwene’s I Still Feel It. 


Monique is from Johannesburg and she gave a monster performance of Grammy-award-winning Jennifer Hudson’s Spotlight


Marvin gave a smooth performance of Ringo Madlingozi’s hit Ndiyagodola and had Somizi jamming along with him. 


Ona performed Labrinth’s emotional hit Jealous beautifully hitting all the right notes! 



Beauty had the judges confused and raising their eyebrows with her questionable performance of Rihanna’s Take a Bow. 


Angel-Ho gave a passionate performance of Mary J Blige’s Be Without You, but sadly it missed the mark. 


Paragon delivered a pitchy performance of Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry. 


Pulling out all the stops, Kat added some dance moves to her performance of an original song. She even asked the judges to jam along with her!

Catch Idols SA every Sunday at 5:30 pm Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161.

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