Idols SA 'dumps' Randall & Unathi to revamp judging panel for season 18.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Judges Somizi, Randall Abrahams and Unathi. (Photo supplied: Mzansi Magic).
Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and [SIC] Entertainment revealed that Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi will not be judges for the upcoming 18th season of Idols SA.
DStv made the announcement on Friday afternoon and said they are taking a "fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences to stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot,' said Shirley Adonisi, channel director: local entertainment channels at M-Net.
Mzansi Magic and M-Net thanked Randall and Unathi for their time on the show. Randall had been on the show since season one and Unathi for 10 seasons.
Adonisi said: "We salute these great icons of South African entertainment and thank them both for great innings on Idols. Randall and Unathi have demonstrated high levels of professionalism and made an impact on the South African entertainment scene that will continue to be felt for some time to come. We wish them well in their endeavours."
"Producers were told to either change the format or come up with new ideas or else the show will be canned,according to sources"
Season 18 is scheduled for sometime this year and the new judging will be announced in due course, M-Net concluded.