Mzansi Magic Speaks after Unathi Nkayi Leaves SA Idols Judges Panel
23 January 2022
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By Kinyua Mwangi
Mzansi Magic has confirmed that Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams will no longer be part of Idols South Africa.
This season's judging panel will be restructured, according to M-Net director of local entertainment channels Shirley Adonisi, who confirmed the news to TshisaLIVE that Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi will not have their contracts renewed for Idols SA season 18.
While Nkayi has been on Idols for ten seasons, Randall's tenure on the panel spans 17 years.
Adonisi said that in order to keep viewers and remain competitive in the Sunday night time slot, the organization is taking a new approach to the judging panel. She said that Mzansi Magic would like to thank Randall and Unathi for their contributions to the discovery of new talent and the commencement of the careers of so many.
Mzansi Magic described these two judges as ‘terrific South African entertainers’. The M-Net boss said that Randall and Unathi created an impact on the South African entertainment industry that will be felt for years to come.
Taking to her Instagram account on Saturday, Unathi shared a heartfelt thank-you note for the experience she had on the show and her best wishes for the upcoming mystery judge.
“Thank you for your love SA and our beautiful continent of Africa. Please allow me to honour you. You have been kind, loving and deeply invested. Truly the real energy and heartbeat of a wonderful wave of hope and dreams coming true on Idols and as you do that, you have made my dreams come true too,” her post read in part.