‘Idols SA’ auditions done and

Image: Randal, Unathi and Somizi. Image via Twitter @IdolsSA

‘Idols SA’ auditions done and dusted: 108 hopefuls off to Theatre Week [watch]

Kwaito legend Zwai Bala appeared on ‘Idols SA’ as guest judge for the last round of auditions which was held on Sunday evening.

‘Idols SA’ auditions done and

Image: Randal, Unathi and Somizi. Image via Twitter @IdolsSA

The closing rounds of the Idols SA auditions came to an end on Sunday 1 August with 108 potential winners for the 17th season of the singing contest.

The judges were joined by award-winning kwaito legend Zwai Bala as a guest fourth judge.


Yesterday’s episode saw 33 more singers join 75 others that will advance to the gruelling Theatre Week.

The auditions for the day kicked off in an upbeat fashion as 30-year-old Sizakele known as “Mr Siza” from Mthatha covered Margaret Singana’s Mama Tembu’s Wedding.

Unfortunately for Mr Siza, his Idols journey ended sooner than he would’ve liked as he missed out on the golden ticket to Theatre Week.

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Other singers who didn’t make the cut, include 25-year-old Fhatuwani “Elsie” from Limpopo. She sang Beyoncé’s I Was Here that was met with a round of noes. She was not the only one who was sent packing as 24-year-old Dikeledi Morata from Pretoria, 27-year-old Sarah Thibakhoana from Midrand and 28-year-old Ncebakazi from Pretoria also failed to earn themselves a golden ticket.


Among the singers who got the nod from the four judges, includes 25-year-old Aviwe Sono, known as “Aveesono”, from Centurion, sang his own composition and his confidence secured him a full house of yesses.

Aveesono will be joined at Theatre Week by 20-year-old Sinovuyo Mbhele from Ekurhuleni, 27-year-old Amanda from the nation’s capital Pretoria, 23-year-old Capetonian Thulani Ngcwembe and 21-year-old Ashley Marutlulle from Johannesburg.

It wasn’t as easy to get over the first hurdle for Karabo, known as “SongKarabo”, whose anxiety almost got the better of him during his audition. The 27-year-old sang Giveon’s contemporary R&B hit Heartbreak Anniversary. Luckily for Karabo, the judges saw potential in his rich and textured voice and decided to give him another chance to prove his worth at theatre week.

When wrapping up the fourth day of auditions, the judges said they were impressed with the talent they have seen during the early stages of the competition.

For me, I am happy because this year the guys are very strong. There is a lot of diversity and many good singers, said Unathi.