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Fans have praised new ‘Idols SA’ judge Thembi Seete following the first episode of season 18 on Sunday 17 July. Image via Facebook: Thembi Seete

‘The best decision’: Thembi Seete praised for judging skills on ‘Idols SA’

‘I love her energy, it’s contagious’: Thembi Seete has become a fan-favourite following the first episode of ‘Idols SA’ season 18.

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Fans have praised new ‘Idols SA’ judge Thembi Seete following the first episode of season 18 on Sunday 17 July. Image via Facebook: Thembi Seete

The first episode of Idols SA season 18 premiered on Sunday 17 July and new judge Thembi Seete has already become a fan-favourite. The new season also welcomed music executive JR Bogopa and reality star Somizi Mhlongo, who was on the previous season but took time off after his estranged husband, Mohale Motaung, accused him of abuse. 

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‘IDOLS SA’ PREMIERE 

Legendary musicians Thembi Seete and JR Bogopa replaced former Idols SA judges Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams who left after the season 17 finalé. According to Channel24, Mzansi Magic said it was not renewing Nkayi and Abrahams’ contracts. 

Season 18 started off on a high note with Zadwesh Tshatshu entering as the first contestant of the new season. The 25-year-old brought his guitar along for the performance but Somizi requested he continues his audition without his instrument. 

At the end of day one auditions, the judges were excited to see what else Mzansi has to offer. 

WATCH ZADWESH TSHATSHU’S AUDITION HERE 

THEMBI SEETE WINS FANS OVER ON DEBUT 

Shortly after season 18 premiered, Thembi Seete quickly shot to the top of Twitter’s trending list with tweeps praising her Idols SA judging skills. 

“Honestly, I wasn’t watching Idols for a couple of years until I saw Thembi Seete,” wrote one tweep. 

“Making Thembi Seete a judge was the best decision. I love her energy, it’s contagious,” wrote another tweep. 

“After more than 25 years in the industry. Thembi Seete is still disciplined and so gorgeous.”

“Congratulations to Thembi Seete on joining Idols SA. Sundays are about to be more entertaining.” 

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THEMBI SEETE READY TO MAKE HER MARK 

Speaking to True Love about joining Idols SA, Thembi Seete said she was looking forward to seeing authentic singers. 

“I’m a sister and the aim here is not to break people or make them feel like they can’t do anything. This does not mean that I’m not going to be honest, but at the same time I really need to empower people,” she explained.