Idols SA entries, Season 19

Entries for Idols SA Season 19 are now open. Image: @IdolsSA | Instagram.

‘Idols SA’ entries now open: Don’t miss the final curtain call!

Entries for ‘Idols SA’ season 19 are open. It will be the last curtain call for the show after DStv decided to cancel it after 21 years.

Idols SA entries, Season 19

Entries for Idols SA Season 19 are now open. Image: @IdolsSA | Instagram.

The highly anticipated 19th and final season of Idols SA is upon us, and this is your chance to be part of history. Especially following the recent shock announcement that this will be the final season of the reality singing competition.

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Online entries opened on Sunday 12 February and close at midnight on Sunday 26 February.

If you are part of the talented and chosen few who make the cut due to your impressive entry, you will then take part in auditions in front of our incredible judging panel, bringing you one step closer to your dream of becoming the ultimate Idol.

To enter, simply visit and follow the entry mechanisms, including uploading a video of yourself singing your heart out.

Idols SA, cancelled, season 19, entries
A moment from season 18. Image: @IdolsSA | Twitter.

Bowing out after 21 years

Social media has been flooded with comments after the announcement that DStv has cancelled the much-loved singing show after 21 years.

Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela announced the news.

“After 21 years, #IdolsSA will be bowing out of our screens. The show has been renewed for a 19th season, which will be the show’s final season,” he wrote on Twitter.

Current judges in the singing competition, are entertainer Somizi Mhlongo, musician and producer JR Bogopa, and actress and singer Thembi Seete, while ProVerb is the host and producer of the show.

There have been petitions by audiences to cancel the show over the years when ratings dropped, Somizi Mhlongo took a break from the show, and when long-term judges Unathi Nkayi and Randal Abrahams exited the show and got replaced by Seete and Bogopa. 


Former Idols SA judges Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi also left the show in 2022 after 17 seasons. 

The show confirmed that Abrahams and fellow judge Unathi Nkayi would not be part of season 18 of the talent show which returned on Mzansi Magic mid-2022.

 Shirley Adonisi, channel director of local entertainment channels for M-net said: 

“Mzansi Magic is revamping the judging panel for season 18 of Idols SA. The channel will not be renewing Randall Abrahams’ and Unathi Nkayi’s contracts for the upcoming season of the popular singing show.”

Sources close to the production told City Press that fellow judge, Somizi Mhlongo’s return could have led to their departure.

Mhlongo was removed from the show last season after his estranged husband, Mohale Motaung, levelled allegations of abuse against him. The allegations were leaked via a leaked audio recording during their divorce proceedings.

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