Unathi Nkayi Leaves ‘Idols SA’

The upcoming season of “Idols SA” is undergoing some major changes, especially when it comes to its judges tables.
After being on the judging panel for 17 seasons, Randall Abrahams will not be returning to the long-running singing competition.

Mzansi Magic confirmed that Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi would not be returning for the upcoming season of “Idols”, after their contracts were not renewed.
“We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot,” says Shirley Adonisi, channel director: local entertainment channels at M-Net.
Nkayi has been with the show for 10 incredible seasons. The media personality took to Instagram to pen a thank you note to her supporters.
She posted an image of herself on the “Idols SA” judging panel and spoke about her time on the popular singing show in her caption.


Oh man! Thank you for your love South Africa and our beautiful continent of Africa. Please allow me to honor 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. THANK YOU.

To every contestant who stood in front of us. From the ones brave enough to share with us their hopes. I don’t take lightly the act of doing that for the world to see. An honor I will always hold. Thank you for trusting me as one of your judges. To those who unleashed a new level of my tears, heavily pregnant with Baby Idols garnering for Wooden Mic, thank you for the laughter and joy.

I can never thank you enough Anneke, for making that call asking me to join the Idols family. Gav and Prozza thank you for trusting me with such a great responsibility. One that would form part of the narrative and soundtrack of our souls as a people. You changed my life and that of my family.

To Multichoice, how humbling that you continue to make every boy and girl believe in themselves no matter which corner they come from, including me.

To every special being who has given to the brilliance of the show. . It has been a true honour being part of the family. And to the new members of our family. GOODLUCK.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you for pushing me to be the very best version of my self every Sunday for eleven years.


Your Village Girl Who Found Gold”

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